Mary's Veggie Garden

June 17, 2013

Harvest Monday: 6/17/2013

Filed under: Cabbage,Lettuce,Peas,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:36 pm

It’s almost a month since my last post. I’ve been working part-time in a local nursery selling vegetable plants and gardening in my off hours, if it’s not raining. Though last week, when 3″ of rain fell, I got desperate enough to garden in a light rain. I stuck to weeding and mulching – I didn’t want to compact my soil.

My last post featured this Rubicon Chinese Cabbage, damaged in our May 14 frost. What a difference a month makes. I harvested this one a bit early (it hasn’t developed a tight head yet) because we need the vegetables now and there are more that will be ready in the coming weeks.

Rubicon Cabbage 2.5 pounds

Rubicon Cabbage 2.5 pounds

Notice the flea beetle holes in the outer leaves. I cut off the hole-y parts before cooking. Usually the center greens are not damaged.

Green and red lettuce, snow peas, mustard greens and spinach.

Green and red lettuce, snow peas, mustard greens and spinach.

The snow pea harvest (Oregon Sugar Pod II) started June 6. I harvested the first shelling peas and Cascadia snap peas today. We’ve been eating salads of mixed greens for 3 weeks – red and green lettuce with a bit of spinach, mustard, garlic chives and radishes, and recently, topped with snow peas. Today I harvested the last of the radishes.

The head of red lettuce was much larger – I rinsed and ate several leaves at the garden along with the first few shelling peas. It was two hours past lunch time and the salad was good, but not sufficient.

Hint: do not harvest greens at 2PM – they get a bit limp in the full sun. I put the cut end of the red lettuce in water when I got home but it was still limp 4 hours later.

6/22 I just discovered this was not posted last week. I don’t know what happened.

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