Monday, May 23, 2011

Harvest Monday - May 23, 2011

Something brand new came out of the garden this weekend, the very first Pixie Baby Cabbage. Here it is, cut from the plant and trimmed but still in the garden. This is the largest of the heads and came in just .7 ounces shy of 3 pounds, a big baby! I used half of the head to make an Asian style slaw from Steve Raichlen's book Barbecue! Bible. The slaw was delicious with some Sweet Soy Glazed Baby Back Ribs (another Raichlen recipe).

One other new harvest started for the year, I picked, weighed, and processed the first batch of caper buds last week. It was actually the second picking of buds, but I shamefully picked and then neglected to do anything with the first small harvest of the buds so those didn't get included in the harvest tally. The caper harvest is starting right on schedule, in 2009 I harvested the first ounce of buds on May 20, in 2010 I harvested the first 3/4 ounce of buds on May 10, and this year I harvested the first buds sometime around the 12th or 13th (the ones that didn't get recorded).

Here's the harvest totals for the last two weeks:

Piracicaba broccoli - 11.5 oz.
Pixie Baby cabbage - 2 lb., 15.3 oz.
Caper buds - 1.6 oz.
Fava beans - 22 lb., 4 oz.
Green garlic - 3 oz.
Butterhead lettuce - 4.5 oz.
Super Sugar Snap peas - 3 lb., 7.5 oz.
Oregon Giant snow peas - 1.7 oz.

The total harvests for the past two weeks were - 30 lb., 1.1 oz.
The total harvests for the year are - 144 lb., 4 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.


  1. Wow, 22 lbs. of favas! That's amazing.

    Do all of your pixies look like they'll be close to three pounds each?

  2. I LOVE Capers -- that is so neat you grow them!

    That cabbage looks great!

  3. muddytoes, that Pixie was the largest of the heads that are developing in the garden, the rest look like they'll be smaller. We'll see as I continue to harvest them!


    Allison, Thanks!

  4. That's a big baby cabbage.
    Wow 22 lbs of favas, when did you plant them? My favas have been flowering almost 2 months already, but I don't see any pod yet, I thought fava sets pod during cool weather.

  5. Mac, I planted one small patch of favas in November (my usual planting time) and the bulk of them in mid-December. I harvested the last of the November sown beans on the 15th and the December sown beans are almost done. My 2010 crop of Favas was sown in November 2009 and I was finished harvesting them by May 10 (same varieties as this year). I wonder how early I can harvest them next year if I can get them into the ground in late October this year?

  6. WOW, what a big head you have :o), I could make a lot of sauerkraut out of a couple that size ...I'm totally in envy.

  7. 22 pounds of fava beans... amazing! Great harvest as always.

  8. Beautiful, Michelle! You eat very, very well--I love hearing about your meals as well as your harvests.

    22 pounds of favas. You guys must be eating favas every night!

    I love stopping by here . . ..

  9. That sure is a giant of a "pixie"! LOL! Beautiful head of cabbage. :D

  10. Amazing cabbage! Beautiful photo as always too.

  11. Wow, what a haul!! It will be awhile before there are any big harvests here.

  12. That is a pretty big baby. I think of one pound cabbages as baby cabbages. And I so love slaw. I usually eat a lot of it over the winter.

  13. The cabbage looks good and the slaw sounds even better!

  14. Wish we can groe big pretty cabbage like yours. Very nice. Ours are just wee little seedlings at the moment.

  15. Oh man, I just can't keep up with you.:) I'm growing the Piracicaba broccoli this year after reading one of your posts and am good to go on those Black Sea Man tomatoes...but now I have to wait a whole other year before trying Pixie Baby. In all seriousness though, Pixie sounds and looks like a very nice variety and one that I will have to consider trying.


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