Monday, July 14, 2014

Harvest Monday - July 14, 2014

There's something, actually someone new in the garden this week - my husband Dave! Well, it's not his first time in the garden, he requests a "state of the garden" tour occasionally, but it is the first time that he has been harvesting in the garden.

No BLT's for me for the next few weeks, which has nothing to do with tomatoes and everything to do with my back, you don't realize how often you bend, twist, and lift until you can't do it. So my honey is stepping in to help with the harvests. Here he is yesterday showing off the Romanesco zucchini that hid from him on Saturday. When he arrived to spring me from the hospital on Saturday the first news he had for me was that he had harvested a BIG basket of zucchini - his first zucchini harvest - ever. He did a great job. (For the curious I had a left L4/5 laminotomy and resection of a synovial cyst).

Here he is with a perfect sized San Pasquale zucchini. That one didn't get away.

He also got to harvest the first head of Di Ciccio broccoli from the new planting. Who says you can't teach an old(ish) dog new tricks!

Earlier in the week I whacked back most of the prolific chard plants.

And I cut the Speedy Arugula down to the nubs again. That stuff lives up to its name, it's in need of another trim already. The strawberries keep producing too. Dave harvested a like amount of Sunday. It's such a treat to be eating only homegrown strawberries, I haven't had to buy any for a couple of weeks. Ssshh, keep it down, I don't want the rats to hear...

The Tokyo Bekana, Ruby Streaks mizuna, Purple Pac Choi, and baby Portuguese kale keep popping out quantities of new growth also. And yes, there's another zucchini in that basket.

Yet more zucchini, another good harvest of Royal Burgundy and Slenderette beans, and on the right is the first Tasty Treat cucumber.

I also harvested the only other head of butterhead lettuce that I managed to get started for summer harvesting. And other than the Chard Ravioli Nudi that I posted about on Thursday there wasn't anything new from the kitchen last week. No wait, I take that back, Dave made dinner last night, grilled sausages and zucchini, that's an old trick that had nearly been forgotten, Dave generally cooks with a credit card. My honey is really stepping up to the plate while I'm on the DL. He's even managing to deal with the prolific zucchini, he went on a zucchini run yesterday to foist some off on give some away to friends.

Here's the harvests for the past week:

Speedy Arugula - 9.7 oz.
Royal Burgundy beans - 6.4 oz.
Slenderette beans - 11.1 oz.
Beet Greens - 16.6 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 6.8 oz.
Tokyo Bekana napa cabbage - 1 lb.
Flamingo chard - 1 lb., 2.8 oz.
Golden chard - 2 lb., 10.7 oz.
Peppermint Stick chard - 3 lb., 3.6 oz.
Tasty Treat cucumber - 4 oz.
Baby Portuguese kale - 3.4 oz.
Kagraner Sommer butterhead lettuce - 10.8 oz.
Ruby Streaks mizuna - 3.1 oz.
Red Candy Apple onion - 15 oz.
Purple pac choi - 2.3 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 6 lb., 12.6 oz.
San Pasquale zucchini - 1 lb., 4.7 oz.

The total harvests for the past week were - 21 lb., 11.6 oz.
Which brings the total harvests for 2014 up to - 338 lb., 4.1 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. Lovely harvests. And I'm glad your DH is picking up the slack. I'm not sure mine could deal with the garden. Though maybe if I was out during corn season. And mine cooks with a credit card too. I can't even get him to BBQ like most guys do. But at least he does the dishes. Get better soon.

  2. Those are some gorgeous harvests. It's wonderful how your husband has stepped up during your recovery. I'm not sure I would trust mine to harvest - his method for trimming a shrub that was starting to block a walkway one year was to get out the weed wacker...

  3. Good ol' Dave. In my personal experience, I have found Daves to be wonderful and helpful persons. Hope you heal soon (had to Google that, then didn't want to read it). And even the best miss a zucchini now and then. Rest of the harvest is beautiful as usual.

  4. I feel your back pain, although yours sounds much worse. I got taken out by the neighbor's rambunctious dog and somehow landed on my lower back on a gravel road. You definitely don't realize how much bending is required with gardening until it hurts. I can get my significant other to do the harvesting, but not weeding. I refuse to let the weeds take over, so I've been scooting or crawling around in the garden (luckily no neighbors can see me in my garden!).

  5. Sorry to hear about the back ... nice that you have yourself a Dave! The food looks so wonderful and what a great mix of colours. Cooking with a credit card is fun sometimes but with all those lovely veggies around?!

  6. Another Dave checking in, and wishing you a speedy recovery! I am sure that not doing any BLT's will be plenty frustrating for someone as active as you. And I'm sure your new garden helper will be up for the task, since I have found most Dave's to be highly trainable!

  7. Hi hope you feel better, Michelle and that you'll be back on your feet soon. Now if only I can get my hubby to do some harvesting...that would be nice. The harvest looks great. Glad to hear that the you know what have been staying away from your strawberries.

  8. I wish you good health Michelle :)

    As for the post, my husband is the same, he never does anything - except for spring and autumn digging - but planting, caring, weeding and harvesting - is my job. He comes to the veggie garden occasionally, sometimes when he's there and I'm somewhere else I ask him to water the plants for me, of course he agrees but keeps calling me on the phone and asking about all the details, which plants should be watered, where are they, etc. :)


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