I harvested a few rounds of chard from the overwintered plants, which are still producing although the Peppermint Stick plants are starting to bolt. I'm really surprised at how large the plants have grown to be since they were really neglected and puny when I planted them out last fall and they stayed that way through the winter. I thought it likely that they would bolt before producing very many greens but they really took off and grew once the weather warmed up a bit.
|Italian Silver Rib Chard|
|Peppermint Stick Chard|
|Quinoa Stuffed Chard Bundles|
The winter sown cresses grew quite well but started to bolt so I harvested all of those in the past few weeks. These were all used primarily in salads but I also used some in the wraps that Dave and I like to take on our longer weekend day hikes. That will be it for the cresses until the fall, they tend to bolt right away in the longer and warmer days of spring and summer.
|Persian Broadleaf Cress|
I have managed to keep the radish successions going so far, the same four varieties have been in each succession - Helios, Malaga, Pink Punch, and Petit Dejeuner. A packet of seeds lasts a long time when you only sow 8 or 10 seeds at a time. It only takes a few weeks from sowing to harvesting at this time of year. The biggest challenge is to remember to sow more seeds every few weeks.
|Malaga, Helios, Pink Punch, and Petit Dejeuner Radishes|
|Not Pusa Jamuni radishes.|
|Not Pusa Gulabi radish|
As you can see it is white fleshed with a rosy skin, very much like the China Rose radish that I grew last year. It's actually a very nice radish, large and mild flavored, but not what I was expecting.
|Sliced Not Pusa Gulabi radish|
|The usual radishes plus Plum Purple|
|The first harvest of Extra Precoce Violetto favas.|
I used more of the favas in a braise of spring vegetables with asparagus, green garlic, chard, and celery root. For that dish I just popped the beans out of the pods but didn't peel them - less work and bigger yield!
|Extra Precoce Violetto favas|
|Extra Precoce Violetto Favas|
|Summer Perfection Spinach|
|Lorz Italian Garlic|
|Green Garlic Pudding Souffle|
|Red Butter Romaine lettuce|
My experiment with sowing broccoli seeds directly in the garden under cloches back in January has been a success. I just harvested that big beautiful head shown above yesterday. The experiment didn't necessarily result in an earlier harvest of broccoli, last year I sowed Purple Peacock and Atlantis Brokali in January and started harvesting them in April, but I was saved the extra work of potting the seedlings up from an initial group sowing into 4-inch pots, then up to larger pots, and then into the garden. It's always nice to reduce the work required to get veggies going in the garden!
This was dinner last night, Broccoli Panzanella, featuring broccoli florets, spring onions, parsley, and shrimp. I made the croutons from homemade levain bread flavored with garlic cream and parmesan. And there's still more than half the head of broccoli left!
Here's the details of the harvests for the past 3 weeks:
Apollo arugula - 6.5 oz.
Batavia broccoli - 2 lb., 7.5 oz.
Italian Silver Rib chard - 2 lb., 15.2 oz.
Peppermint Stick chard - 1 lb., 14.1 oz.
Greek cress - 6.1 oz.
Persian Broadleaf cress - 12.7 oz.
Extra Precoce Violetto fava beans - 10 lb., 2.4 oz. (weighed in the pods)
Lorz Italian green garlic - 15.2 oz.
Mild French green garlic - 1 lb., 2 oz.
Spanish Roja green garlic - 5.3 oz.
Susanville green garlic - 2 lb., 6.8 oz.
Three Heart butterhead lettuce - 5.4 oz.
Mizunarubasoi - 14.1 oz.
Helios radishes - 10.6 oz.
Malaga radishes - 11.1 oz.
Petit Dejeuner radishes - 6.7 oz.
Pink Punch radishes - 10.5 oz.
Plum Purple radishes - 1 lb., 7.1 oz. (including greens)
Pusa Gulabi radish - 4.9 oz.
Pusa Jamuni radishes - 2 lb., 6.9 oz. (including greens)
Summer Perfection spinach - 32.3 oz.
Verdil spinach - 21.8 oz.
Total harvests for the past 3 weeks - 35 lb., 1.2 oz. (15.9 kg.)
YTD 2016 - 128 lb., 10.5 oz. (58.4 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 lately.