Harvest Monday, June 14, 2010

Well, once again I’m only close on Harvest Monday. Technically it’s Tuesday since it’s after midnight, but at least this is better than Friday.

I was out of town most of last week, so this is a small harvest for mid June. I harvested my entire garlic crop, 8 oz. They’re tiny heads for the most part, but really tasty. Only one head grew to full size. I’ll have my own home-grown garlic for the next couple of months.

I have to report some results on my Lutz Greenleaf beets that are growing in my Garden of Infinite Neglect. I planted this patch of beets in January 2009 and never got around to harvesting them. Some are going to seed now, and I’m trying to grow a big one for our county fair “big beet” competition. I thinned out some of the smaller ones to give the larger ones room to grow. I’ve heard that Lutz Greenleaf beets are good keepers and don’t get woody even when they’re old. But they’re a year and a half old. I wondered if they could be edible. I cooked them up and they were fine. I’m stunned. Great variety for those of us who don’t get around to harvesting in a timely manner.

News from the henhouse is that Henrietta is in full molt and the coop is full of feathers. Laying is falling squarely on the shoulders (or other anatomical parts) of Henny Penny and Chicken Little. I’ve increased the amount of crushed oyster shells and limestone that I’m feeding the hens. We haven’t had a problem with Henny Penny’s eggs breaking since I did that, but production is still down with only two hens laying.

I got some planting done before we left town. I planted Black Krim, Brandywine, Mortgage Lifter, Roma and Yellow Pear tomatoes, plus Boston Pickling Cucumbers. After the depradation by the digging raccoon (that did not return in my absence, thank God), I’m down to 18 tomato plants, which should be plenty. I replanted the Blue Lake pole green beans that were dug up, and am left with about half of what I planted. That will be plenty.

Good news is that Huntington Beach is getting closer to having a community garden again. The garden committee just signed an MOU with the city to use a plot of land under power lines. Now “all” we need is money for insurance, irrigation lines, and fencing.

Here’s my harvest for the week ending on June 13, 2010.

FRUIT

1.5 oz. blueberries

2.5 oz. strawberries

Subtotal 4 oz. fruit

VEGETABLES

1 lb beets, Lutz Greenleaf

2 oz. cauliflower, cheddar

12 oz. chard

8 oz. garlic

4 oz. squash, patty pan

Subtotal 2 lbs 12 oz. (44 oz.) vegetables

TOTAL 3 lbs produce plus 8 eggs

If you had a harvest, visit Daphne’s Dandelions and post a link to your harvest.

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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4 Responses to Harvest Monday, June 14, 2010

  1. Daphne says:

    I keep seeing the Californians harvesting garlic. Here we are in scape season, not garlic season. Congrats on being a step closer to having a community garden. I wish our town had a better one. They have one very small one without any water and very restrictive rules.

  2. One of our older hens is in full molt too. When I checked on them yesterday, it looked like someone had a wild pillow-fight in the coop! Interesting about the Lutz beets…not a variety I’ve tried. I’m always afraid of leaving beets in too long, so might be one to look into in the future, if only to help extend the beet season, or allow us to take a break from beets. Sometimes we get a little burned out on the beet front 😛

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