Mary's Veggie Garden

June 25, 2012

Harvest Monday June 25, 2012

Filed under: Broccoli,Cabbage,Carrots,Gardening,Kohlrabi,Peas,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:15 am

This has been a killer week. Up through Tuesday, June was very cool. Wednesday the daytime temperature hit 97 °F and again Thursday and Friday. With no rain in 10 days, plants are stressed. I’ve been getting out in the early mornings when the temperature is in the 70s to harvest and water.

6/21/2012 Harvest: Cascadia snap peas, Kolibri kohlrabi, Packman broccoli, Yaya carrot thinnings, and an Evergreen bunching onion.

The Thursday collection: from my plot at Vassar Farm –  Yaya carrot thinnings, the first Packman broccoli, an Evergreen bunching onion for the Thursday evening pizza, and two Kolibri kohlrabi. From my home garden – Cascadia snap peas, eaten with the carrots and Cimmaron Romaine lettuce as a lunch salad.

The upper kohlrabi is split. Two or three of them split when small this year and the cause may be the freeze (27 °F) they suffered 2 weeks after transplanting. I’m thinking the freeze, which killed most of the leaves, also damaged the growing point though it did not kill the plant. Usually this variety does not split unless it gets overly large.

Friday evening a gushing thunderstorm dropped the temperatures and broke the drought. What a relief!

Cimmaron Romaine Lettuce

Many of the Cimmaron romaine lettuces decided to bolt in the heat. Since Wednesday I’ve harvested 10 heads – 3 went to friends, two were a salad for the quilt club pot-luck, and we are eating the rest. A couple were heavily trimmed because the outer leaves were bitter, but the hearts were still tender and sweet.

Rubicon Chinese Cabbage – central head is 3.7 pounds

I only planted four Chinese Cabbages – two Optiko and two Rubicon. And all were ready for harvest within 10 days. We don’t eat it that fast. Next year I’m only growing two. I harvested the pictured cabbage, trimmed off all the splayed out and damaged outer leaves and chopped them up for mulch. The remaining head weighted in at 3.7 pounds.

Kossack Kohlrabi

Yesterday I harvested the first of the Kossack kohlrabi. Kossack is said to get large without getting woody. The one on the left weighed in at 1 pound so it is large, but I haven’t cut into it, so I can’t vouch for the taste or texture. This is my first year with this variety.

Harvest for 6/17-6/24:

Lettuce: Cimmaron 10 heads, 8.5 pounds
Peas – .5 pounds snow peas, 1.9 pounds Cascadia snap peas, and 7 ounces of the original Sugar Snap peas – still the best!
Chinese cabbage: one 5 pound Optiko (untrimmed) and a 3.7 pound Rubicon (trimmed).
Kohlrabi: 3 Kolibri at 1.25 pounds and a single 1 pound Kossack.
Scallions: 1 ounce
Carrots: Yaya .75 pounds of thinnings
Broccoli: one Packman head, 7.4 ounces

Several weeks ago I complained the squirrels were digging in my spinach. They dug 3 or 4 times and each time dug 3 holes in the same spots. I finally discovered what they were looking for, but never found:

Nut tree in the spinach patch.

I haven’t identified the tree – it could be a black walnut, hickory, or butternut; all grow in this area. When I dug up the tree the nut shell didn’t come up with the tree, making the ID more difficult.

Please check in with Daphne’s Dandelions to see what gardeners are harvesting around the world.


  1. What a beautiful harvest, your lettuce looks really nice!

    Comment by maryhysong — June 25, 2012 @ 9:33 am | Reply

  2. The cimmaron lettuce was delicious. I did a stir-fry, the more mature outer leaves were more flavorful and had a much crunchier texture than the tender inner leaves, not bitter at all. Next time chop up some of the outer leaves and put it on pizza like you do spinach, I think you will like it.

    Comment by Norma Chang — June 25, 2012 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

    • We don’t usually put spinach on pizza. Would you recommend doing s brief saute to wilt the Cimmaron first? Or would you put it on raw?

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — June 25, 2012 @ 8:40 pm | Reply

  3. Oh, I forgot to say thanks for the cimmaron lettuce and napa, that was good too.

    Comment by Norma Chang — June 25, 2012 @ 5:12 pm | Reply

  4. Great harvest. A 1 pound kohl rabi, wow. The only ones I’ve ever grow never got much bigger that about a 1/4 pound! That super! How do you use your kohl rabi? We’ve only grown it a few times but we have a couple of plants this year and I need a recipe!!

    Comment by Rick — June 25, 2012 @ 6:30 pm | Reply

    • I cut one of the smaller Kolibris into eights, tossed in olive oil and grilled a few days ago. That was good. A lot of people grate kohlrabi and use it instead of cabbage in a cole slaw. But my favorite recipe is cut into matchsticks and braised with a carrot. If you enter kohlrabi carrot recipe into my blog’s search box you’ll get the recipe. (I haven’t figured out how to put a link into a comment yet.)

      I just finished steaming the Kossack for freezing – it was quite tender despite its size.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — June 25, 2012 @ 8:47 pm | Reply

  5. The chinese cabbage looks like it was excellent. I always trim away the outer leaves as they are the ones that the insects work on first.

    Comment by kitsapfg — June 25, 2012 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  6. The broccoli looks fabulous, I’ve never had much success with summer broccoli – I tend to grow it more in winter.

    Comment by Liz — June 26, 2012 @ 7:18 am | Reply

    • From the things you grow, I suspect your climate runs considerably warmer than mine in the north eastern US. We have two narrow windows for broccoli – spring and fall. I get great spring broccoli, but have not yet had success with fall broccoli. This year I have a second variety that is supposed to tolerate heat as a summer crop. The plants are still small so I can’t say much about it yet.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — June 26, 2012 @ 7:40 am | Reply

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