Harvest Mondays sure seem to roll around fast. I got my newspaper column done last night so I’d have time to photograph my garden and write my blog today. I want to get my Harvest Monday post done on Monday this week. For a change.
It’s actually been a quiet week in the garden. It’s rained off and on all week so I haven’t been outdoors much. It’s early in our rainy seeaon and I don’t even have my temporary rain barrels set up. The permanent ones are full already, so I need to get the Rubbermaid trash barrels set under the eaves to catch the runoff that the gutters and downspouts don’t collect. Last year I was able to use only rainfall to water my garden from December through mid-April. We saved a LOT of water last season, which is important in this near desert of greater Los Angeles that 14 million people call home.
I made two dishes from the garden this week, the salmon hash pictured above and kale with pecans and dried cranberries.
Both dishes turned out great. For the salmon hash, I browned diced gold potatoes in 1/4 c butter for 8 minutes, added chopped onion and garlic and sauteed for another 10 minutes before adding 1 T lemon juice, 2 T Dijon mustard, 2 tsp grated horseradish, a T of capers, and 1/4 C sour cream. What a spectacularly delicious dish.
And now for a tour of my late October garden.
I don’t know what was with the squash this year, but everything I tried failed. I got a few patty pans before my summer squash up and died. I replanted twice and got nothing more. My Amish pie pumpkins (planted too late in the year and in a Grow Pot) failed to set fruit. And the sum total of my winter squash efforts were those two miserable things above. I put them on the compost heap, too small to bother with.
I have sunchokes and German butterball potatoes ready to dig. I’m too busy to deal with them this week, so I’ll harvest them next week. The yams are about an inch across, still too small to harvest. The vines are still green and growing, so I’ll wait to harvest them, hoping that they’ll continue to get bigger. They’ve gone from pencil thin to almost edible in the past month. This is my first attempt at growing yams, so it’s an experiment. In a couple of months, I’ll replant potatoes in these Grow Pots.
Life is good. Get out there and enjoy it.
Harvest for week ending Oct. 24 2010, no fruit this week.
5 oz. kale
1 lb 1 oz. tomatoes
Total 1 lb 6 oz. produce plus one egg. ONE egg. One lousy egg. The chickens are molting. Again.