My last harvest before we left was a couple of baskets of spinach.
|Summer Perfection Spinach|
I combined both varieties in a quick saute with bacon and almonds.
I cut the spinach down to just a few small leaves on each plant and removed the cloches and then covered the patch with some tulle to keep the birds from feasting. Now there's a thicket of new leaves waiting for me to harvest.
|Golden Corn Salad|
The first thing I harvested when I returned, the very afternoon of my return, was some Golden Corn Salad. It was a relief to find that the plants which were just nearly large enough to harvest when I left had not bolted. They were a bit too large to simply toss the entire plants in the salad bowl, but I harvested entire plants by cutting them at soil level and then cut the bases off of the plants to produce loose leaves. We enjoyed the corn salad tossed with a light dressing and served atop some of my preserved sweet peppers, green olives, and some good quality Spanish olive oil packed tuna.
|Three Heart Butterhead lettuce|
|Winter Density lettuce|
|Gustus Brussels Sprouts|
I was really quite surprised to find that the Brussels Sprouts had grown quite a bit larger but are still firm and good tasting. Only one of the plants has sprouts that are showing the first sign of bolting. I think I'll be cutting that stalk this week and I'll hold it in the fridge while I continue to harvest the rest of the sprouts on an as desired basis. That basket above was nearly a pound and a half of sprouts after trimming off the outer leaves. There
One other harvest in the tally is some rather loose shoots of Batavia Broccoli. I did take photos of them but lost the photos when I had trouble importing them. I had to delete a number of my latest photos because there was something wrong with the files and the computer totally froze up every time it tried to read them - what a colossal waste of time it was dealing with that, it took me a while to figure out that it was the files that were problematic and not a program. The broccoli is just about finished now. The remainder of the shoots on the plants are in full bloom or nearly so, it's time to send them to the compost and get something new started.
And yet another harvest which isn't in the tally was a good sized bunch of Bac Liu cilantro (coriander) that was starting to bolt. I used it to make a pesto with roasted pistachios, garden fresh Meyer lemon peel & juice, shallots (from my stores), and olive oil. That was delicious with the very first asparagus of the season (from the farmer's market) and some artichokes (from Pezzini's). I grilled the asparagus and chokes in the Big Green Egg and served them with the pesto on the side. Big Yum.
So here's the details of the harvests for the past 4 weeks:
Batavia broccoli - 11.3 oz.
Gustus Brussels Sprouts - 1 lb., 6.1 oz.
Golden Corn Salad - 3 oz.
Three Heart butterhead lettuce - 6 oz.
Winter Density lettuce - 14.4 oz.
Summer Perfection spinach - 9.4 oz.
Verdil spinach - 12.7 oz.
Total harvests for the past 4 weeks - 4 lb., 14.9 oz. (2.2 kg.)
2016 YTD - 38 lb., 1.9 oz. (17.3 kg.)
Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave on his blog Our Happy Acres, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting and cooking up lately.
I've got a lot of catching up to do in the garden and on the blog. I hope I can find the time to do a state of the garden post and another post about my plans for 2016. But the garden is also demanding a lot of attention with overmature veggies that I need to remove, spring sowing to get started, and LOTS of weeds.