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!
Beautiful!!! I amazed, as always!ReplyDelete
My goodness, Granny, you and Mr. Granny are certainly eating well from the garden. I wish I could be your neighbor, then I could just come over, pick a berry here, snip a leaf there, you wouldn't have even noticed! Very nice harvest!ReplyDelete
It's improving, Mrs. R! At least we're finally getting something besides salads ;-) Come on over....and bring some of that chicken you cooked this week! Or the tacos. I'm not particular!Delete
That's a great spread!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Copper Diem!Delete
Beautiful harvests. I was checking my broccoli and it isn't heading up yet. I'm going to be mad if it heads up when I'm out of town, but I'm pretty sure it will be ready by then. This summer my daughter hasn't come home yet, so I'll have the broccoli all to myself. Usually this time of year she would eat all my strawberries and broccoli.ReplyDelete
Daphne, I cut another head of broccoli today. Small, but better than nothing. I only had the two mature plants, and I'm not seeing any side shoots yet, so it might be a long dry spell before I get any more. If my daughter ate all my broccoli and strawberries I'd trade her in on another model ;-)Delete
Pretty amazing that you grow all of that given your lot size. Very efficient!ReplyDelete
Ray, my goal is always 1000 pounds. I made it in two of the last four years, 2009 & 2012, and came close in 2010. 2011 was a gardening bust, barely got over 500 pounds.Delete
Thanks for your comments at my blog Granny! Your garden and produce is looking beautiful as usual. I am finding my red sails is much more tolerant of the heat than the others as well. It is outlasting any other lettuce I planted that were suppose to be more heat tolerant. Definitely a keeper!ReplyDelete
Shawn Ann, I always read and enjoy your blog, I'm just a bit lax about commenting. Yes, Red Sails has always been the most heat tolerant lettuce for me. I'm hoping Anuenue is as well, as it's a crisp type that Mr. Granny prefers. I'm also trying a Summer Mix, but those seedlings are just now emerging. It may be too hot to transplant them by the time they get large enough.Delete
That is really a nice variety of harvest! It must keep you very busy cooking it all and make the grocery bill lower! I hope your carrots do better for you from here on. NancyReplyDelete
Your peas and broccoli are gorgeous! I did not plant nearly my normal amount of broccoli this year (don't know what I was thinking!) and although I am getting some broccoli it is not anywhere enough by my standards. Your onions are bulbed nicely even if they are flopping over early. Mine are looking healthy but are not forming bulbs at all yet.ReplyDelete
Not nearly enough broccoli here, either. I have quite a few younger plants, but only two of the first planted seedlings made it through the bird and insect attacks. The onions are sweet and delicious, and some are large enough for a French fried onion splurge!Delete
I always love reading your updates. I'm on the east coast and we are trailing behind you in harvest. I've picked a lot of Oregon Sugar Pod II peas though and they are doing fantastic. My harvest total for the peas so far is 146 oz and they are still going strong.ReplyDelete
That's a great pea harvest, Julie! I'm only up to 92 ounces on the shelling peas so far, and it won't be long before I pull them to make room for pole beans.Delete
Great harvest Granny! The only thing I have picked so far is some asian greens and snap peas. Maybe I should have left out the snap pea part :)ReplyDelete
You just had to rub it in, didn't you Dan? Oh well, at least we're getting new potatoes with peas. I'll just have to buy my pea pods at the grocery store this year. Unless I can find more seeds this late, I might try growing some in the fall.Delete
Bummer about the potatoes. We love Yukon Golds!
Here in northern Wyoming, our growing season is just getting going!
Toni! I thought you had given up on your garden it's been so long! I've been thinking about you. The hollyhocks (seeds from you) are in full bloom!Delete