The harvests reached a late winter crescendo this week. We've had a run of beautiful warm and dry weather that has pushed a lot of the overwintered veggies to the point of harvest now or it's compost.
First into the harvest basket this weekend was all of the Diamante Celeriac. This bunch weighed in at 5.4 pounds as shown. I toss the leafy celeriac stems into the compost because they are too bitter for my taste.
This basket contains another harvest of Tronchuda Beira shoots on the left and the flowering shoots from one of the Lacinato kale plants plus whatever leaves were still edible. The rest of the plant then hit the compost bin. I topped the other Lacinato kale plant which was slower to bolt than the first one and should be able to get one more harvest of side shoots and leaves before it goes into the bin.
The Tronchuda Beira plants still have some really nice leaves so I harvested a bunch of those as well.
And the Dorato di Asti celery is producing some excellent stalks. No signs of bolting at the moment, but I'm sure its time is coming soon.
My husband and I were quite the social butterflies this weekend, dinner out Friday and Saturday and a friend's birthday bash on Sunday so I haven't gotten around to using any of the harvest other than the celery. The celery has added a lovely crunch in my continuing nearly daily salads featuring the over achieving Golden Corn Salad. I had to clear out one row of the corn salad because it's starting to crowd the garlic too much and I'm afraid most of it went into the compost. That one row came to over 3 pounds of greens but I'm not including the total in my tally, just the 8 ounces that I kept.
Take a look at the temperatures we've been enjoying lately:
It's been absolutely delightful and is giving me a really bad case of spring fever - I want to get out and enjoy it to the max but I'm really limited at the moment because last week I absentmindedly missed a step on the stairs leading to my front door and sprained my ankle. Arrrgh, I can climb a 19,341 foot mountain but I can't negotiate my front steps! At least I've been able to ditch the crutches and I can finally hobble around the garden to do some harvesting and light work.
Here's the harvests for the past week:
Apollo broccoli (the last few little shoots) - 6.1 oz.
Dorato di Asti celery - 1 lb., 2 oz.
Diamante celeriac - 5 lb., 6.1 oz.
Tronchuda Beira shoots - 11.7 oz.
Tronchuda Beira leaves - 1 lb., 10.7 oz.
Lacinato kale shoots - 10.9 oz.
Lacinato kale leaves - 10 oz.
Golden Corn Salad - 8.2 oz.
The total harvests for the week were - 13 lb., 13.4 oz.
Which brings the total harvests for the year up to - 36 lb., 3.2 oz.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.