May 21, 2012 - Harvest Monday



 Walla Walla sweet onion


 Chioggia beets (29 ounces of greens were not used, so not counted in the week's total)


Space spinach


Mixed lettuces, Minigold tomatoes and Walla Walla sweet onions


Tall Utah #527OR, Improved celery, Triple Curled parsley



Harvest for the week of 5/14 through 5/20 

Lettuce - 16.5 oz.
Radishes - 2 oz. 
Tomatoes - .7 oz. 
Spinach - 9.4 oz. 
Onions - 10.2 oz. 
Beets - 22.6 oz. (roots only, no greens)
Herbs - 1.4 oz. 
Celery - 4.7 oz. 

Total for week: 67.5 oz (4.22 lb.) 
Total for year: 231 oz (14.44 lb.) 

Daphne's Dandelions is the host for Harvest Monday, where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. Please visit her blog and leave a link, so we can enjoy your harvest photos!

34 comments:

  1. Looking good Granny! Your celery looks amazing. Mine are just itsy bitsy plants.

    I have been so busy the past few weeks that I haven't taken any photos of my harvests. I have been weighing and keeping track of most of them though.

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    1. Robin, the stalks aren't very large yet, but it's beginning to taste like celery! The first time I cut some, it was bitter so I used it as an herb. Now, as the stalks mature, the bitterness is dissipating and we were able to use it in a salad last night. I stopped taking pictures of radishes, LOL!

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  2. Oh, here comes the celery envy. I never grew it before last year, and couldn't believe how much tastier home grown is.......very intense celery flavor. I've doubled the amount I'm planting this year, though not being home it should be interesting to see if good old Sahara---I mean Michigan--can conjure up enough rain.

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    1. Sue, this is my very first try at growing celery. Do you think a dozen plants will be enough? Hahahahahaha.

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    1. Allison, thank you....I think I planted enough of it to share with all of you out there in Bloggerland :-O

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  4. Beets are always so pretty. I hate them totally, but grow them just so I can harvest them and see their pretty red. Weird huh? My townhouse mates like them though so they don't go to waste.

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    1. Daphne, I really like beets, but my husband only likes them pickled. I have them growing in three places in the garden, two under netting protection and one being ravaged by miners.

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    2. Mmm roasted beets. :) Can't wait for the gold ones to come up! Your spinach looks like the amsterdam variety I am growing from Baker Creek.

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  5. Annie--I am growing some eat-as-you-go celery from the remnants of the celery butt...I followed some directions and put them in the ground and they are growing like crazy ! I'm tickled pink.

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    1. Akannie, I did that with a celery root from the store, only I put mine in a dish of water on the window sill. By the time it began growing, I already had a dozen growing plants in the garden!

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  6. Your spinach looks great. :) Yum!

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    1. Susana, it was delicious! I served this batch steamed, with just butter, salt and pepper, and it was excellent.

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  7. Love your beets, I usually eat the greens, even when they are big I will strip off the big tough leaves for the chickens and cook the smaller, tender ones to go along with the roots. Your celery looks great. Got mine in too late last year and it all bolted at the first breath of warm air, so will get it started earlier this year.

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    1. Mary, we did eat the greens from the first harvested beets, but I really don't like them as well as spinach....and I had enough fresh spinach for cooking this week. The spinach won!

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  8. Your celery looks great! I never tried growing it before but found some starts at a local store Saturday and decided to give them a try ... can't wait until they look like yours!

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    1. Deb, the celery plants are still rather small, so I don't know how it will perform once our hot weather hits us for good. I do hope it gets to a fairly large size!

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  9. Your harvest looks great, but that is nothing new. My columbines seem to act as a trap crop for leaf miners. The colubines on the opposite side of the yard are riddled with them, but the beeats and chard are untouched!

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    1. Ed, my columbine is untouched, but my Fortex pole beans are being annihilated by them! I got out the big guns today, I bought a bottle of pyrethrin spray. It's the first insect killer I've used on my veggie garden, but I have to do something to save those beans! Now I have to wait for the rain to stop before I can spray them.

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    1. Thanks, Kirsty. I planted quite a few beets this year. There are just a few more of the striped Chioggias left, then it won't be long for the Red Ace are big enough to pull.

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  11. I like the beet greens but if you're already overun with spinach....

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    1. David, there are a lot more beets out there if we want the greens, but if I can have fresh spinach instead....:-)

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  12. The walla walla onions are the kind you can eat raw, aren't they? I mean, they are really sweet? Your harvest looks lovely, as usual!

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    1. Tosh, yes they are the sweet ones that are good raw. They aren't terribly sweet at this young stage, but still milder than regular green onions.

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa. I'm a bit behind compared to last year's lettuce harvest, but I'm not growing for a bunny this year :-(

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  14. Glad to see your first time out with celery growing is going well. I have a bunch of it growing too that I could start harvesting pretty much any time now as well. I want them to get just a bit fatter though, so have been restraining myself. Won't be able to hold out much longer though!

    Your young walla walla sweet onions look picture perfect. You really have the green thumb touch with onions.

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    1. Kitsap, patience has never been one of my virtues! It definitely needs to fatten up a bit, but with a dozen plants growing I can sneak a few stalks without feeling too guilty. It won't be long before I'm doing the same with the potatoes :-)

      Those three onions happened to be going to seed. It always happens with a few, and usually they don't form a bulb at that point so I just go ahead and pull them. Two of these may have bulbed up, but one definitely wasn't going to, and it didn't want to come out of the ground. I finally had to dig it out, after breaking off the top from tugging on it, and it had an enormous root system.

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  15. My hens would have loved your beet greens. I'm with your husband, pickled beets are the best. Your Walla Walla onions look interesting. I'll bet they'd go great on a grill.

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    1. Lou Murray, I would love to have your hens to feed the beet greens to! And the Chinese cabbage that has suddenly bolted and will not get eaten.

      Yes, those onions are excellent on the grill. They are not a storage onion, they keep for just a few weeks, so we eat a LOT of grilled, sauteed and French fried onions, as well as raw slices on our burgers and chopped raw in just about everything else, in a very short time! My kids love them too, so I give a lot of them away.

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  16. I'm back. I was just thinking this morning about how much I admire you and all of your bi-state gardening/cooking efforts, plus keeping a beautiful blog. Decided that I'd let you know. You are my hero. Or heroine.

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    1. Lou Murray, your kind words mean a lot to me. I'm no longer bi-state though, having sold the AZ property last November. I'm just a lazy Washingtonian now!

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