One more bolting kale plant got cleared out. There's still two plants left and I am going to try to put off removing those for as long as possible. The plant that I most recently took out was being severely attacked by aphids, I actually tossed quite a few leaves into the compost because I didn't want to deal with the masses of sap sucking critters. The remaining two plants aren't so badly infested but I'll have to keep an eye on them. I used some sweet onions that I had grilled and preserved with vinegar and olive oil last summer to flavor one preparation of sauteed kale. It was really tasty, the agrodolce vinegar that I had used for the onions was a nice compliment for the kale.
|Sweetie Baby romaine|
|Spainish Black carrots|
The Peppermint Stick chard that I sowed last October was getting to be quite big so it was time for a trim, actually the first harvest. The photograph really doesn't give a clue to the size of those leaves. That's over 2 pounds (nearly a kilo) of chard there. The leaves were amazingly tender in spite of their size. I prepared them simply wilted with some garlic, raisins, pine nuts and a dash of vinegar. I reserved the big fat stalks to make another preparation, probably a gratin (they're still in the fridge).
|Peppermint Stick chard|
Here's the harvests for the past week:
Spanish Black carrots - 12.6 oz. (trimmed of leaves)
Dorato di Asti celery - 1 lb., 7.6 oz.
Monatch celery root - 6.3 oz.
Peppermint Stick chard - 2 lb., 2.2 oz.
Romanesco fennel - 14.8 oz.
Lacinato kale - 1 lb., 3.4 oz.
Sweetie Baby romaine - 2 lb., 1.5 oz.
Spring onions - 1.2 oz.
Weekly total - 9 lb., 1.6 oz.
2015 to date - 70 lb., 3.7 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.