Monday 6 July 2015
Harvest Monday: July 6, 2015
My french tarragon is still growing like crazy and overshadowing my still small swiss chard ... so I've chopped it again. It makes a nice indoor arrangement, don't you think? :)
I had some minor garden injuries this weekend - very minor, but a good reminder of wearing good garden gloves and proper footwear! I managed to give myself a "paper" cut on the edge of a plastic planter - not a big deal, but you never know about infections. Then Sunday morning, while mowing the grass around the garden, I had a nasty sudden pain around the ankle ... my guess is I was bitten by a spider. Minor, thank goodness, but did you know there are Black Widow spiders in Ontario!?! I watched the swelling and 3" diameter rash obsessively ... for two hours. Then it went away. OK, not a Black Widow bite. But seriously, it's good to always have protective gear when gardening. I usually wear rubber boots, but the weather is so warm ... ugh!
So on to my harvest of the past week. I've been tracking the weight of harvests, but just haven't shared any yet. Mostly it's been lightweight greens. This week, I had my first couple of pound or near-pound harvests.
First up is one harvest of broccoli (pictured here with another big batch of escarole being thinned out) - these two heads were 405 grams, with another head around 150 grams later in the week. These first two were used to make the recently posted soba noodles with ginger-peanut sauce. Yummy. I was pretty excited about these as I have a hard time growing most brassicas with the weather conditions in my area.
Another weighty harvest was the garlic. I've harvested about a third of the Red Russian garlic early due to the infestation of leek moth. I'm picking the larger ones for now, but I'm probably going to start with the smaller heads soon just to avoid further damage. Here they are drying out in the basement - 729 grams so far.
I've also pulled more garlic scapes and harvested bits of kale, spinach, more sugar snap peas and pulled the rest of the radish out of the greenhouse (with no pics).
And more garlic scapes. One of these days I will get around to pickling some .. they seem perfect for a good martini garnish!
And some rhubarb spears with I also didn't get a pic of but I used them to make these rhubarb & strawberry galettes.
Oh yeah, and these ... hmm, not much.
Check out Daphne's Dandelions to see what other gardening folks have going on this week.