Harvest


Dear Gentle Reader,

Sorry that I have not been posting lately.  This past week, we have been busy with house guests.  It was nice to have them, but I haven’t had time to blog.  This coming weekend, we will be away at a family reunion, and I have to spend most of my free time working, to make up for lost work hours.  So, not too much blogging again. 

But, I did have time to check my garden.  And Finally, I was able to harvest something. 🙂  Here are the total:

Yellow Zucchini: two squashes totalling 0.80 lbs.  A lot more are coming on, so soon there will be a glut.  My neighbor dropped off two jalapenos, reminding me that I will be able to pawn zucchini off on them.  Also, I discovered that he has a crabapple tree in his back yard, and I have been welcomed to pick them when ever I want.  Better go over tonight, and put them in the fridge.  Our neighbor says that they are very ripe right now, and won’t be good for much longer.

Carrot: one tinny 1/8 oz carrot

Purple Italian Hardneck Garlic: 0.42 lbs  These had tiny cloves, and the papery covering was pretty much gone.  Some of the cloves were starting to grow.  I think I waited too long to harvest, though I did wait until the tops had dried up.  Also, I cut off the scapes, but the cloves were really small anyway.  I need to read up about growing garlic with large cloves.

Pink Music Hardneck Garlic: 0.30 lbs  Same as above.

Leeks: 1.20 lbs  These were not what I expected.  I think I should have probably cut off the scapes.  Oh well.  Almost all of the leeks were making one or two cloves on their sides.  In some cases, the cloves were starting to grow.  I had picked these up last year (at the nursery), as a single pot of generic leeks.  I think I need to start next year’s leeks from seed, so that I know what I am getting.  But, for now, I can plant my zinnias and have some summer blooms.

It wasn’t much of a harvest, so far, but I learned a lot.

The corn is growing really well.  Most of the plants have started growing a second ear.  Interestingly, the local gold finches love the corn.  There are usually several in the corn.  Maybe they like the bugs.  I don’t mind.  They are so beautiful.  We have lots of goldfinches, since I have a thistle feeder across the yard from the corn.

There are a couple of baby pumpkins on the vine.  I haven’t seen any Hubbards forming yet, but that should be soon.  The Mexican Sour Gherkins are growing like gangbusters, but I still haven’t seen any H-19 cukes yet (only male flowers). 

I need to harvest the potatoes, either tonight or tomorrow night. 

The cherry tomatoes are growing all over the garden (had to tie them up) and are just starting to ripen.  The Al Kuffa tomatoes are doing really well.  They are short, sturdy plants that haven’t been blown over.  And each plant has several clusters of slicing tomatoes.  I think they will take a week or so to start ripening up.

That’s all for now.  Hope that your garden is growing well.

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Dear Gentle Reader,

1. Plant Something:  It has been raining at least every other day.  On top of that, it has been in the upper ’80s.  So, I haven’t gotten to do too much in the way of planting.  I did do a lot of weeding.  And every time we had a big storm, the winds knocked everything down, and I tied it back up.  So, the fava beans have been tied up several times.  Saturday I staked off the corn.  Yesterday I staked up the cherry tomatoes.  This morning I staked up the slicer tomatoes. 

I planted four pots of H-19 Little Leaf Cukes (from Highmowing Seeds).  They are pickling cucumbers.  I picked them because they are resistant to Angular Leaf Spot, Anthracnose, Cucumber Mosaic Virus, Downy Mildew, Powdery Mildew, and Scab.  I am hoping that they do well, but I have only one in the garden.  I planted some others, but they got eaten by Bambi.  I also transplanted a Mexican Sour gherkin into a large pot.  I found that you can get all kinds of FREE growers pots at the nursery.  They have a huge bin where people drop their used pots off for recycling.  So, I picked up a bunch on Sunday.  Yay! 🙂

2. Harvest Something:  Garlic scapes.  A bunch of mint and a bunch of thyme.  It was great on pan-seared lamb chops.

3. Preserve Something:  nothing

4. Waste Not: Picked up growers pots for free from recycling at my local nursery.

5. Want Not: Still working on my sourdough bread baking skills.  I started adapting the sourdough recipe to oatmeal.  The first try was ok, but it needs work.

6. Build Community Food Systems:  Investigated which orchards and farms are actually near me (within the surrounding counties).  I e-mailed an orchard not too far away from here, and they still have PYO cherries for only $2.50/lb.  Is that a good price?  I’m not sure.  They also have apples, blueberries, raspberries, and asian pears.  So, I need to get my family geared up for some picking.

7. Eat the Food:  More sourdough bread; mint and thyme

Dear Gentle Reader, 

Finally, I harvested something today… garlic scapes!   Check out this cool bouquet! 

2010 Garlic Scape Harvest

 

An entire 1-pound and 1.25-ounces worth.   You probably already know that only hardneck garlic makes the scapes.  I planted two kinds last fall (I forget which ones).  I got them from Seeds of Change.   To get good hardneck garlic heads, you remove the scapes.  Otherwise, the garlic puts it energy into making a flower.  The flower makes baby garlic cloves that fall to the ground and grow to a new head (in two hears).   There is a lot of wild garlic all over the place here.  I have been told that this area used to grow a lot of the garlic for the US in the 1800’s.  I’m not sure if that is true or not.  Couldn’t find anything on the internet about it.  But it is everywhere.  So, I picked all of the scapes from the wild garlic on our yard, in addition to the scapes from the garlic that I planted. 

So, what the heck do you do with all of that?  A quick check of the web produced recipies for various dishes with scapes instead of garlic bulbs.  I could even make pickled scapes.  Apparently, the most tender part is the stem.  The flower part isn’t so great.  The most popular use is in pesto.  So, maybe I’ll make that tomorrow.  Also, I will chop up what I don’t use for pesto and put it in the freezer for later.  Maybe next year I’ll try out the pickles. 

What do you do with your scapes?

Last night, I harvested my first radishes.  An entire 7.75 ounces of them.  Yay for me!

First Radishes

These are Cherry Belle radishes.  Aren’t they beautiful?  They taste great too.  Very peppery.  They were great on a sandwich.  Unfortunately, some were cracked and they all has little nibble-like spots on them. 

I’m not sure what that was.  Slugs under ground?  I am going to investigate how to grow great radishes.  I have more in the ground.  I have been planting them every couple of weeks.  I also planted Icecicle radishes, but they haven’t done very well yet.  They have great green tops, but the roots haven’t fattened up yet.  Maybe they will soon.