Harvest Monday June 18, 2012

I think the only way I can get a Harvest Monday post done on a Monday is to do it in the wee hours, i.e., by staying up late Sunday night. It is now 2 am west coast time.

I just updated my year total for fruits and vegetables. Check the sidebar to the right. My goal for the year is 350 lbs, or half the amount of produce that an average American couple eats. That will be 100 lbs more than I produced in either of the past two years, so I have my work cut out for me.

This is a record year for fruit harvest. I have already exceeded the pounds of fruit harvested in 2010 and 2011 and it’s only June. I still have avocados, peaches, nectarines, lemons, limes and apples to harvest.

My vegetable harvests are finally kicking into a higher gear after the skimpy harvests of green stuff early in the year. My vegetable total to date is 114 lbs. Not too shabby for such a little yard. I have a Gro-Pot of blue potatoes in our driveway that is nearly ready to harvest, and the tomatoes and squash look like they’re going to give me a crop this year. I may finally be getting the hang of this vegetable garden thing. About time. I’ve been gardening since 1962.

Here are the makings of a nice Italian side dish. Saute sliced squash, onion, and garlic in olive oil until squash is browned. Add a splash of vinegar and top with grated Parmesan cheese.

Here is the squash sauté plus some fettucini with Italian sausage and spaghetti cause canned in 2010. Didn’t get enough tomatoes last year to can any sauce, although a froze a few packages. That’s all gone and I’m down to my last two jars of spaghetti sauce.

The entire harvest of apricots, plus nearly the entire harvest of blueberries and a handful of strawberries, made two servings for our breakfast. Those tree ripened apricots were incredibly sweet, best I’ve ever eaten. The chickens contributed the eggs for our scramble, which has green onions from the garden and grated cheese.

Four lbs of bok choy, some chard, our first ripe tomato, and the first Babcock peach of the season filled my harvest trug.

Look again. The first tomato of the season is snuggled next to a Babcock peach in that photo. Mortgage Lifter won the race.  It deserved its own photo, but I was pressed for time. Not sure who is going to come in second as none of the others are close to ripening.

Today’s harvest of snow and sugar snap peas (10 oz) went into a stir fry along with bok choy, chard, and some slices of leftover steak.

Harvest Monday totals for week ending June 17, 2012

FRUIT

1 lb 13 oz Lemon, Meyer

3 oz Lime

3 oz Peach, Babock

Subtotal 2 lbs 3 oz FRUIT

VEGETABLES

4 lbs 10 oz Bok Choy

17 oz Chard

14 oz Peas, Snow and Snap

3 oz Onion, Green Bunching

14 oz Squash, Yellow Straightneck

4 oz Tomato, Mortgage Lifter

Subtotal 6 lbs Vegetables

TOTAL 8 lbs 3 oz PRODUCE plus 5 eggs

If you had a harvest, or to see what others are harvesting, 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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18 Responses to Harvest Monday June 18, 2012

  1. Julie says:

    Wow.. you’ve had a lot of harvesting so far this year! I didn’t know how many lbs of veggies people ate a year.. good to know to help with a produce goal.

  2. Rick says:

    Wow, 100 plus pounds already this year is great! Our goal this year is 800 pounds, but we grow a lot of potatoes! Keep up the great work!

  3. Norma Chang says:

    Tree ripened apricot, I am drooling. You are half way to meet your produce goal and more than that for your eggs, congrats.

  4. kitsapfg says:

    Good work on your harvest totals to date and for having set for yourself a specific goal. I do my Harvest Monday posts on Sunday evening because I cannot do that and get ready for work on Monday morning too. It works out just fine and then I just “link up” on Monday morning (which I do have time to do before getting out the door!).

  5. mac says:

    You have company, I just posted my harvest, and I’m not keeping track of the total this year, otherwise it’ll put me more behind schedule. My weekends are always busy unless I do my post in the middle of the week or something like that. Excuses excuses excuses…..

  6. Daphne says:

    For me the peach is the star. I so want fresh grown peaches. I love them to death.

  7. Great harvest! I like the pictures showing how you use your harvest, and so easy!

  8. maryhysong says:

    you have a lovely and varied harvest this week. I haven’t set a specific poundage goal for the year, my main goal is to eat fresh from the garden every day and so far that has pretty much been true.

  9. Bee Girl says:

    Your goals are so inspiring! So is the fact that you’ve been gardening since 1962! Oh, I hope I’m still as passionate about gardening after do so for 50 years! 🙂

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