Harvest Monday, May 9, 2011

Once again it was Tuesday, not Monday, before I got around to doing my Harvest Monday blog post. But at least I’m doing it. See the last post for photos.

Most of this harvest went into either a stirfry or a lovely batch of tabbouli. The peaches on my Florida Prince peach tree are really tiny this year; they went into my morning cereal.

The cauliflower harvest this week was great. One head was perfect and huge, 1 lb 14 oz, even bigger than the one from last week. The other two heads were nothing to write about. Go figure.

As for the Chinese Flowering Kale, I won’t be planting it again. I’ve grown two batches and both were pathetically tiny when it went to flower. I let this batch grow too long and the stems were tough and inedible. Or maybe we’re not supposed to eat the stems. I don’t know. But there weren’t enough leaves on the plants to make this crop worth growing.

Last year, I grew about 200 lbs of produce from my yard. I never did get around to adding in the figures from the last couple of months of 2010, so that’s an estimate. With my new community garden added in to this year’s harvest, I hope to be able to grow 500 lbs of produce from my combined gardens. But since we didn’t get our gardens planted until April, I may not make it this year. We’ll see. At least it gives me a goal.

One more summer squash sprouted at the community garden, giving me a total of 16 summer squash plants. I gave two plants away to fellow gardeners. That leaves me with “only” 3 yellow crookneck, 3 Lebanese zukes, 5 patty pan, and 3 Gold Rush zukes. The winter squash seeds weren’t as old as I thought, and I have 13 seedlings of four varieties sprouted at last count, plus three Amish pie pumpkin seedlings. All the Moon and Stars watermelon seeds sprouted, giving me 10 plants. I have about 40 corn seedlings up. Adding in the dozen or so tomatoes at the community garden, 41 garlic and 40 onions, plus wax beans, chard, mizuna, beets and radishes, I should have a lot of poundage of harvest. I hope to reach a record (for me) 500 lbs of harvest, God willing and the creek don’t rise.

Here’s last week’s harvest from “The Farm” in my back yard.

FRUIT

9 oz. Lemon, Meyer

13 oz. Peaches, Florida Prince

Subtotal Fruit, 1 lb 6 oz.

VEGETABLES

9 oz. Artichoke

3 lb 6 oz. Cauliflower (WOOHOO!)

4 oz. Chard

1 oz. Lettuce

1 oz. Mint

2 oz. Onions, Green

3 oz. Ryohuko (Chinese Flowering Kale)

1 oz. Tomatoes, Cherry

3.5 oz. Snow Peas

Subtotal Vegetables 78.5 oz. = 4 lbs 14.5 oz.

TOTAL produce 6 lbs 4.5 oz.

Visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others harvested this week.

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, May 9, 2011

  1. Daphne Gould says:

    I’m growing Chinese broccoli this year (aka Chinese kale or Gai Lan). I like it OK, but it isn’t prolific like the other Asian greens. And if I’m growing one of the stem Asian greens, I’m going to be growing Choy Sum instead. I found I love the taste more than the other. BTW it does grow better and thicker stems in the fall. Though maybe in your area it would make a good winter vegetable.

    • Daphne, I think I’ll stick to Komatsuna, mizuna and bok choy for my Asian greens. Although your Fun Sin/Chen (spelling?) looked interesting. It’s all fun. Your greens always look so beautiful. Mine get eaten by flea beetles because I don’t have nice row covers like you do.

  2. Barbie says:

    Love the layout of the community plot. Everything looks great and WOW what a great start to the season!

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