Lettuce continued to be a big part of the week's harvest, but it turned out to be more than we could consume. One large container ended up being composted, but the refrigerator is still full from this last picking. In the garden, the butterhead lettuces have bolted but the romaine, Red Sails and Anuene all look good. A later planting of Red Sails will be ready soon, and new seedlings of Anuenue have replaced the pulled out butterheads and are looking great.
Peas are coming on fast, and we've had a couple of meals with creamed peas and new potatoes. I ate the first head of broccoli all by myself, as Mr. Granny doesn't like it. Oh, my, it was good! It doesn't taste anything like the store bought frozen or fresh broccoli. Notice the butternut squash under the broccoli. That's from the 2012 garden, and still keeping beautifully out in the garage. I have two small ones left that will probably have to be cooked this week. I can't believe how well they have held up, especially with the hot weather these past two weeks!
I've only scrounged around under the potato plants for enough for our meals, and they are gooooood!! The last of the current crop of strawberries were picked, but the plants are blooming again and I expect larger berries in the next crop.
The onion tops are flopping early this year, so I've begun pulling them and will use these fresh rather than drying them for storage. They are quite a bit larger than they look in this photo, but I'll not have nearly the onion harvest I've had in past years. The first head of cabbage, a miniature variety, was picked this week, as well as the first beets. Beets are very slow to develop this year. Out of all I planted, only 3 were large enough to eat. The beet greens (not shown) were never weighed in past years, as we don't eat them. Turns out our daughter likes them juiced with her other veggies, so now they get saved for her and added to the harvest total. That's one lone Yukon Gold potato that looks like a brown egg in the basket. I had to dig around for one just to check on the size. I also pulled 3 small carrots, and found two of the three to be badly deformed. I do hope it's not going to be a complete carrot fail year, as these were from the best looking of all that were planted. Enough rhubarb was picked to make a strawberry rhubarb crisp for our dessert. That's parsley in the basket, not broccoli. LOL, I wish it was broccoli!
More floppy onions that had to be pulled, more peas picked, and the first tiny sampling of raspberries (there were more, but they never made it out of the garden....they went straight into my mouth). I thought we were going to have a fantastic year for raspberries, but although they are plentiful, the berries are extremely small. It looks as though the back half of the bed just didn't get the water that the front half did, and many of the berries are undeveloped. I'm going to have to figure out how to get water to that one small area of garden.
This week's harvest:
Beets: 5.6 ounces
Beet Greens: 11.1 ounces
Broccoli: 5.7 ounces
Cabbage: 14.7 ounces
Herbs: 1.7 ounces
Lettuce: 34.5 ounces
Onions: 60.2 ounces
Peas: 55.1 ounces
Potatoes: 17.5 ounces
Raspberries: 1.6 ounces
Rhubarb: 13.4 ounces
Strawberries: 12 ounces
Total this week: 233.1 ounces (14.57 pounds)
Total to date: 45.66 pounds
Be sure to check out Daphne's Dandelions to see what others have harvested this week!