Monday, May 24, 2010
Harvest Monday - May 24, 2010
Here's something new and unusual from the garden this week. The peas in the photo above are the first picking of the Sugar Magnolia Purple Snap Peas. Most of the plants are turning out all purple pods, but one plant is producing green pods and one other one is producing green pods with purple blotches. Unfortunately, I can't tell you how they taste yet. We were going to eat them last night and then had a menu change. Tonight was supposed to be the night but 'round about 3:30 this morning I woke up with a stomach bug that has been quite persistent and the thought of eating continues to be rather undesirable. I'm thinking that what I need to do when my system is less rebellious is to stand in the garden and sample the various peas and choose the plants with the tastiest and most purple pods for seed saving. So, you'll be hearing more about these purple beauties in the future.
The Golden Chard survived being transplanted and was starting to produce some lovely leaves and then it started to bolt. So I harvested all the leaves and the plants will be pulled out. I've got some nice replacement plants going already, I figured the old plants would bolt, it just took longer than I thought.
I also harvested all the beets except for the Devoys. I made 3 quarts of pickles with them and saved 2 to roast for beet salads.
Yesterday this jaunty gal stopped by the finch feeder. I think she's an Acorn Woodpecker, they are quite common around here. She's got a nest bursting with chicks that is easy to keep an eye on in an oak branch nearby.
Here's the rest of the harvest for the past week.
Burpee's Golden Beets - 1 lb., 5 oz.
Chioggia Beets - 3 lb., 5 oz.
Renee's Golden Beets - 2 lb., 15 oz.
Piracicaba Broccoli - 5.5 oz.
Capers - 1 oz.
Golden Chard - 1 lb., 12 oz.
Green Garlic - 7.75 oz.
Garlic Scapes - .75 oz.
Butterhead Lettuce - 6.5 oz.
Noga Lettuce - 1 lb., 5.5 oz.
Sugar Magnolia Purple Snap Pea - 3.5 oz.
Romanesco Brocccoli - 7.5 oz.
Strawberries - 15 oz.
Total for the week - 13 lb. 10 oz.
Total for the year - 205 lb., 6.75 oz.
12 eggs this week
There are lots of harvests to ogle on Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there and check it out.