I haven’t managed to make very many Harvest Monday blog posts this year. Not that I haven’t had harvests. I just seem to have too many others things going on with gardening and photography and other things. I find that I am reasonably good about weighing and logging my harvests, but terrible about photographing them and putting the harvest weights into an Excel spreadsheet. I would rather take pictures of things growing in the garden, or dishes I made with the harvests, than photograph harvested things that I have put onto the kitchen counter.
That being said, this week’s harvest included artichokes, chard, Komatsuna (Asian mustard greens that are delicious in soup and stir-fry), and snow peas.
So what else is growing in my coastal Southern California garden at the end of March?
I have a mere four peaches on the my little August Pride peach tree. The Babcock Improved peach hasn’t really bloomed yet. Well, one branch bloomed. My fruit trees seem to stagger their blooms on the same tree these days. I attribute it to Global Weirding, the crazy temperature fluctuations and unseasonable heat waves that have become the new normal.
I have four Asian pears set on my newest grafted Asian Pear tree, but only on the 20th Century Pear branch. Another Asian Pear tree has just started to bloom. It is also a 20th Century Asian Pear. The third Asian Pear tree is still dormant. It requires too much chilling to set fruit now that our winters on the coast have become so warm. Global Weirding at work again.
My four apple trees are still dormant. It was so warm this winter, with record-breaking heat waves in January, that they didn’t even lose their leaves this year. Global Weirding.
We still have a few oranges left on the trees, and a nice crop of Meyer lemons that I am going to need to do something with soon. I plan to make some Meyer Lemon and Orange Marmalade with Ginger. As soon as I get a Round Tuit. 🙂
Keep in mind that we live on a tiny lot, about 45 ft x 100 ft, making it one tenth of an acre. The 1700 sq ft house, 3-car garage, deck, patio, driveway, and sidewalks occupy most of that space. And yet we harvest something all year long.
Harvests for the week ending March 31, 2014
1 lb 6 oz Artichokes (2 of them)
5 oz Chard
14 oz Komatsuna
7 oz Snow Peas
TOTAL 38 oz = 2 lbs 6 Ounces Produce plus 15 Eggs
You can visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others harvested this week. Check the sidebar for the link.
Arg, I STILL haven’t added up my produce for the year-to-date to put into the sidebar. And if you notice, I didn’t finish totaling up 2013 or 2012 either. Hey, I can’t do everything. But little bit by little bit, the most important things get done. The chickens are fed and the garden is watered. Time to open a bottle of wine. I have my priorities straight!
Lovely harvests. And your kale looks so healthy. Mine are struggling and barely survived the winter. I’m just hoping they don’t die as the soil unfreezes.
Your garden is looking great! I’d love to have your warmer weather! We had snow again day before yesterday!! 🙂
Thanks Rick, Daphne, Mark, and Leduesorelle. The weather today is gorgeous! Rick, sorry about your snow. Daphne, I can’t believe you have anything left alive after this winter.
Even more lovely than the delicious looking garden fare is that early spring light!
What a beautiful artichoke, I tried growing artichoke last year but was unsuccessful, decide to give up trying.
Norma, I think it is difficult to grow artichokes in the New England and New York areas.
Very impressive harvest haul. I’ve never grown snow peas or mangetout as we call them in the u.K, this year will be my first.
Thanks, Shaheen. Good luck with your snow peas. Mangetout? That is a new one. I wonder where that name for snow peas came from.