Monday, April 28, 2014

Harvest Monday - April 28, 2014

This week marks the end of a few veggies from the garden. I harvested the last heads of butterhead lettuce which were getting a bit raggedy looking around the edges but had lovely hearts. Those weren't photographed. The rest of the spinach started to bolt so I pulled all that out as well.

Monstreux d'Viroflay spinach

Summer Perfection spinach

I've been using up the extra onions that I planted close and deep for spring onions. You can see that they are starting to form bulbs and the main onion plantings are bulbing as well. I keep thinning out the fennel as well.

Spring onions and baby Romanesco fennel

Here's the first picking of green garlic, these are a couple of the smallest Spanish Roja.

Spring onions and green Spanish Roja garlic

The fava harvest is hitting its peak. This is one of the few veggies that my husband will help me to process. He loves favas enough that when I threatened to stop growing them because they require so much work he volunteered to help, and he has kept his promise, so we continue to feast on homegrown favas.

Extra Precoce Violetto fava beans

I think it's fortuitous that the lettuce and spinach finished when they did because we have a heat wave coming this week, the highs are forecast to be in the high 80º F to low 90º F range this week. I think I'll be harvesting a fair amount of the romaine lettuce this week, it will probably keep better in the fridge than in the garden.

Here's the harvests for the past week:

Capers - 7.2 oz.
Extra Precoce Violetto fava beans - 13 lb., 9.2 oz.
Romanesco fennel - 1 lb., 6.3 oz.
Rhapsody butterhead lettuce - 2 lb., 7.3 oz.
Spring onions - 3 lb., 3.1oz.
Monstreux d'Viroflay spinach - 3 lb., 2.2 oz.
Summer Perfection spinach - 1 lb., 7.1 oz.

The total harvests for the past week were - 25 lb., 14.4 oz. (11.75 kg.)
Which brings the total harvests for 2014 up to - 125 lb., 8.4 oz. (56.9 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. I'm growing tons of Favas this year which I'm very happy about. In the past, we've mostly grilled them whole and treat them like finger food but this year, I'd like to be more make some of that yummy looking fava bean hummus I've seen on your blog!

  2. Wow lots of favas, my plants as still pretty small, wonder when I get to see some beans.

  3. I share your husband's views on the favas (we call them Broad Beans) -- so delicious we can't live without them! I like them cooked with nice fatty bacon...or chorizo.

  4. Did I read that right? Thirteen pounds of favs beans? Amazing. Nice photos of the spinach.

  5. Lovely harvests. My overwintered spinach isn't doing quite as well this year so no harvests yet.

  6. Beautiful and bountiful harvests! Your husband must really like favas to offer to help. I grew them once but determined they were a lot of work and took up too much space. They are delicious though.

  7. Beautiful spring onions. I tried growing fava beans for a couple of years but was unsuccessful so gave up. May be I should start them indoors in pots, next year I will try again. Yours are beautiful.


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