Mary's Veggie Garden

June 19, 2017

Harvest Monday June 19, 2017

Filed under: Broccoli,Cabbage maggots,Kohlrabi,Peas — marysveggiegarden @ 11:57 am

Harvests this week have featured lettuce and peas, followed by peas and lettuce with a  sprinkling of Daikon radishes and the occasional kohlrabi. The highlight is the first broccoli, harvested yesterday.

Green Magic broccoli and Kolibri kohlrabi. The two broccoli heads weighed in at  14.1 oz and 18.1 oz. The spots on the kohlrabi were caused by the hail two weeks ago.

I really like Green Magic. It produces big heads on 2′ plants. The flavor is good. It produces nicely sized side shoots through September.

Unfortunately I also have a major problem with Green Magic and I’m wondering if anyone else has seen this problem. I grow my own plants from seed, indoors, under lights. Last year, 2016, the plants developed some sort of infection. It looked like a gray mold. I washed the growing area and replaced the light bulbs. This year my first 6 pack of plants grew great. My second 6-pack “failed to thrive”.  While still small, the leaves seemed to loose their chlorophyll and turned light green and the plant stopped growing. I discarded plants until there was only 1 healthy plant left for transplanting. I’m thinking maybe this stage was followed by mold last year. All the seed was from the same packet. I’ve grown broccoli from seed for decades and this is a new problem. I have a friend, another master gardener, who is also having problems. I asked her to check the variety and she is also growing Green Magic.

Lettuce: Cimmaron Romaine and 2-Star Looseleaf.  I removed a lot of hail damaged lower leaves after harvest.


Today’s snow pea harvest. L-R Little Snowpea White Pea, Little Snowpea Purple Pea, Snowbird, and Cascadia. The Cascadia snap peas are in the colander with the Snowbird peas. Top Alpine Daikon radish. This is the first of the Alpine daikons to bolt, so it is harvest time whether or not they are full sized.

The Snowbird snow peas have been going strong for 2 weeks and are due for a rest. The Little Snowpea Purple Peas are at their peak. The snap peas were planted a week after the snow peas and harvest is just starting.

The greens from the broccoli, radishes, and kohlrabi were chopped and mixed into the morning egg scramble.

Kolibri kohlrabi. All should be harvested. We are supposed to get a deluge this afternoon, so I’ll  use the time to freeze peas and kohlrabi.

Note the black plastic disk under the bottom center kohlrabi. It is the bottom cut from a plastic nursery pot. I use these disks to protect the plants from cabbage maggots. Cabbage maggots are the tiny white worms often found tunneling in radishes. With broccoli and kohlrabi plants the maggots eat the outside surface of the root and the plant wilts and dies. When I transplant kohlrabi, or any Brassica which will not be protected by a row cover, I place one of these plastic disks on the ground around the stem. All these kohlrabi were protected when transplanted, but I removed the disks a week ago so they could be used to protect some new kale transplants.

October 20, 2014

Fall Broccoli

Filed under: Broccoli,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:47 am
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After several years of trying I finally got the timing correct for a fall broccoli harvest.  Wednesday I harvested the first head of Arcadia – the solid one pounder in the photo. The remainder of the plants are starting to head up and will be harvested over the next couple weeks.

Broccoli: Arcadia head and side shoots of Coronado Crown and Bay Meadows

Broccoli:  a head of Arcadia and side shoots of Coronado Crown and Bay Meadows

I’m also amazed at the size and quantity of the side shoots from my spring planting. The bag contains a full pound. Most of the side shoots are from 4 Coronado Crown plants. In the past I’ve grown Premium Crop. It is a steady producer of side shoots but by mid-October its shoots are quite wispy.

These Coronado Crown shoots are substantial. The Bay Meadows shoots are smaller than Coronado Crown, but still bigger than most Premium Crop shoots. The shoot size matches the size of the plants. The Bay Meadows plants are petite while the Coronado Crown plants are twice their size.

Fall cleanup at Vassar Farm.  Behind me, on the left, Coronado Crown broccoli, on the right Bay Meadows.

Fall cleanup at Vassar Farm. Behind me, on the left, Coronado Crown broccoli, on the right Bay Meadows.

Planting Plan for Fall Broccoli in Poughkeepsie, NY

I started the Arcadia seed June 9 and grew the seedlings under lights in my basement. On July 21,  immediately after removing the Sugar Snap Peas,  I transplanted the Arcadia broccoli into my community garden plot at Vassar Farm .

Area nurseries typically starting selling broccoli and cabbage seedlings around Aug. 7 and in my garden only one plant in 4 would actually produce a usable crop. My results show planting  two weeks earlier is better.

I covered the plants with a tulle row cover to protect against cabbage worms. The cover wore out  & was removed after two months (because it was used previously for the spring cabbages.) Since then I’ve sprayed with Bt. roughly every two weeks.

Arcadia broccoli plants Oct. 18.

Arcadia broccoli plants heading up on Oct. 18. Foreground: Bolero carrots. One of the carrots bolted; its flower is on the left edge.

I froze that head of Arcadia. While preparing it, I noticed it is very tender, much more than the side shoots of the other varieties. I also sampled the blanched broccoli. It tastes like …  broccoli. I guess I’m not a broccoli connoisseur.

Other harvests:

  • another 1 pound bag of broccoli side shoots.
  • 4 Yaya carrots totaling 3 pounds.
  • all the peppers in my garden, in anticipation of frost, working out to approximately 2 gallon freezer bags full of chopped green peppers, plus a big bag of ripe and almost ripe peppers to eat fresh.
  • a couple colanders full of cherry, plum and beefsteak tomatoes.
  • 2 cups of hardy kiwis. This is a piddling harvest considering the amount of work required to prune the vines every year.

Update: despite a freeze warning for early this morning, the temperature was 35 degrees F. 7AM and it looks like the tomatoes and coleus survived. So I’ll have vine ripened cherry tomatoes for another week, plus samples of the tomato diseases septoria and early blight for the Master Gardener Vegetable Gardening class I teach Wednesday.


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