Harvest Monday, May 17, 2010

Dang, I missed Harvest Monday AGAIN! I don’t know where the time goes.  All I can say is that it’s been a good week for salads. I made a salad Nicoise that was spectacular! I used boiled eggs, golden wax beans, snow peas and radishes in it, along with some seared ahi tuna that was caught by a friend.

Also, I made a wonderful crumb-topped peach pie, and had more peaches on ice cream and cereal. I love peach season. Our little Florida Prince peach tree is doing itself proud this year. I can hardly wait for the Babcock Improved and August Pride peaches to ripen. They don’t have as many peaches on them, but they promise to be larger than the ones on the Florida Prince. I should have thinned the peaches on the Florida Prince so they would have been larger. Live and learn.

Alas, the sugar snap peas seem to have reached the end of their life span. The vines must be 13 ft tall by now, flopped and looped over themselves in a tangled mess, and all covered in powdery mildew. Time for them to go. A smaller second planting will continue to produce a bit longer. The Mammoth snow peas are just coming into fine production.

Look at those bell peppers and eggplants. In May! (I mean look as in “see the list of harvested vegetables.” Regrettably, I didn’t have time to take photos this week.) Both plants are holdovers from the 2009 planting season. If winters aren’t too cold, they’ll spring right back into life as soon as the weather warms and I get a jump on the season.

Oooh, my Early Girl tomatoes have set fruit. This time last year, I was harvesting my first Early Girls. I delayed putting them into the ground this year so I won’t have that early a harvest to brag about this summer. Oh well.

Here’s the harvest for the past week.

FRUITS

2 lbs 4 oz. Florida Prince peaches

5 oz. strawberries

VEGETABLES

9 oz. artichoke (1)

3.5 oz. beans, golden wax

4.5 oz. bell peppers, black (2)

5 oz. eggplant,  Millionaire (2)

8 oz. lettuce

5 oz. peas, snow peas

1 lb. 4 oz. peas, sugar snap

7.5 oz. radishes (10)

Harvest

2 lbs. 9 oz. Fruit

3 lbs 14.5 oz. Vegetables  (62.5 oz.)

TOTAL 6 lbs 7.5 oz. produce, plus 15 eggs

If you had a harvest, or if you just want to see what people in the rest of the country are harvesting this week, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks.
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7 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 17, 2010

  1. I think I’m suffering from harvest envy! It will be a while before we’re blessed with peppers and peaches up here! It’s mostly salads and strawberries for us at the moment.

  2. Daphne says:

    I almost missed Harvest Monday too. That would be really sad wouldn’t it. I envy the peaches. Maybe someday I’ll get some.

  3. michelle says:

    What a nice mix of spring and summer veggies. My peas are just starting to come in and the beans haven’t germinated yet, and the eggplant are still in pots. But one of my tomato plants has little green fruits! 15 eggs from 2 chickens in one week, wow your girls are busy.

    • Hi Michelle, I have three chickens, not two, but yes, they’re good layers. My peas are about finished, I’m afraid, but I have tomatoes and eggplants still in pots as well as some in the ground. I’m waaaaaay behind on my garden chores.

  4. mac says:

    Wow, I’m with michelle, 15 eggs from 2 chicks? I’m peaches envy, the Nicoise salad sounds so good.

    You have company, I don’t know how time flies, I was scrambling to get my harvest in the last couple weeks.

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