Monday, April 21, 2014

Harvest Monday - April 21, 2014

There's a lot to report this week because I'm covering two weeks of harvests and the garden is in full spring swing.

This was one of the last of the Kagraner butterhead lettuces.
Kagraner butterhead lettuce
The first harvest of Summer Perfection spinach since February.

Summer Perfection spinach

More fennel thinnings and Purple mizuna.

The final harvest of Kagraner butterhead lettuce, more purple pac choi, and snow pea shoots.

Kagraner butterhead, Purple pac choi, snow pea shoots.

The fava harvest started to pick up the pace.

Extra Precoce Violetto fava beans

The first head of Rhapsody butterhead lettuce, more fennel thinnings, and one of many spring onions harvested over the past two weeks.

Rhapsody butterhead, Romanesco fennel, spring onion.

I finally got around to thinning the beet patch.

These were all roasted and used in a salad, the greens went into a Crustless Beet Green Quiche.

Red Baron, Golden, and Chioggia beets

Yet more spring onions, the white ones are starting to fatten into bulbs.

The capers started producing buds at the end of March and I started harvesting in early April.

The favas are really producing now.

The final harvest of Verdil spinach, it started to bolt.

Verdil Spinach
This is the final harvest of rapini, pac choi, and mizuna for now. I've already sown a new patch which is coming along.

Early Rapini, Purple pac choi, Purple mizuna
The Rhapsody butterhead lettuce has all matured quite quickly and I've had to harvest most of it. I gave my neighbor a couple of heads this weekend and another head to visiting friends last weekend.

Rhapsody butterhead lettuce and snow pea shoots

Here's the harvests for the past two weeks, some of which weren't photographed.

Chioggia beets - 1 lb., 8.4 oz.
Golden beets - 14 oz.
Red Baron beets - 13.5 oz.
Capers - 7.4 oz.
Extra Precoce Violetto fava beans - 10 lb., 10.6 oz.
Romanesco fennel - 2 lb., 6.5 oz.
Kagraner butterhead lettuce - 1 lb., 15.8 oz.
Rhapsody butterhead lettuce - 6 lb., 10 oz.
Purple mizuna - 6.7 oz.
Spring onions - 2 lb., 8.5 oz.
Purple pac choi - 8.3 oz.
Snow Pea shoots - 4.6 oz.
Early Rapini - 11.4 oz.
Summer Perfection spinach - 2 lb., 9.3 oz.
Verdil spinach - 1 lb., 8.7 oz.

The total harvests for the past two weeks were - 33 lb., 15.7 oz. (15.4 kg.)
Which brings the harvests for 2014 up to - 99 lb., 10 oz. (45.2 kg.)

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. VERY nice-looking veg! Those butterhead lettuces are well-nigh perfect. I like the fact that you go to a lot of trouble to present your harvests nicely - clean and artistic!

  2. Very nice harvests. I could really use some good lettuce around here.

  3. I'm with Mark, those butterhead lettuces are picture-perfect! The other veggies look good enough to eat too. Which I'm sure they were! Our fennel hasn't shown any growth yet, either the main plants or the inevitable volunteers. Everything is in slo-mo here this year.

  4. Beautiful harvest:-) The purple mizuna I have not yet grown, but my green colored ones are doing great. I am harvesting swiss chards, anise, dill and beet tops along with garlic tops and lettuce..
    Enjoy your harvest.

  5. Wow, that is some great looking lettuce! Those heads are perfect! I'm going to have to give those varieties a try this fall!

  6. Whoa beautiful harvest, I'm trying out various rapini as well, trying to find a variety that has thick sweet tender central stem, have you come across anything like it?

    1. I really like the "Early" rapini that I'm growing now, it does produce some nice juicy stems. The seeds are from Renee's Garden Seeds. It's also a quick grower, which I like.

    2. Thanks, I'll see if I can get some for fall planting.

  7. What a fantastic harvest, great varieties, beautiful and perfect.

  8. Beautiful vegetables! Especially loved the lettuce pics.... do you mind sharing where you purchased the Kagraner lettuce seed from? Thank you for taking the time to share your gardens with us!

    1. The full name of the lettuce is Kagraner Sommer and the seeds are from Renee's Garden Seeds.


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