Mary's Veggie Garden

July 3, 2017

Harvest Monday July 3, 2017

Filed under: Cabbage,Greens,Peas,Radishes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:09 pm

In the early morning I forage in my home garden. Here’s the typical harvest for the second half of June.

The daily pair of Alpine daikon radishes. The greens are chopped, sautéed and scrambled into the morning eggs. If a radish is bolting, I harvest it and cook the flower stalk with the greens. The stalk is tender except for the bottom inch or so.

Snow peas for supper, a few snap peas for breakfast, and chives for the eggs. I usually eat the pink champagne currents in the garden. I harvest sugar snaps and currents again for lunch and toss them on my salad.

My community garden plot is now producing Swiss chard and Chinese cabbage.

Peppermint swiss chard. The chard harvest started about a week ago and the first leaves show holes from the hail a month ago. Chard joins radish greens in the morning eggs.

The 6.5 pound Bilko Chinese cabbage harvested today. This is what ‘full-sized’ means in the variety description.

I stir fried the three outer leaves for supper. They were tender so I chopped, blanched and froze 4 pounds, leaving the very center of the head for supper tomorrow.


Bilko Chinese Cabbage: this 3 pound head was hidden inside all those leaves.


July 15, 2012

Harvest Monday July 16, 2012: A Garden Rainbow

Filed under: Beets,Gardening,Greens,Onions,Potatoes,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:22 pm

This weeks harvest was all about colors: a glorious rainbow of bright colors. Plus some firsts!

First harvest of Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

First Tomato: Sungold 7/12
These are from my 3 plants in my sunny plot at Vassar Farm. The same variety in my shady home garden has not even started to color up. Sungold is my favorite cherry. I’ve never tried a red whose flavor comes close. I’ve grown Sungold & Sun Sugar side by side and Sungold wins. Sungold’s flavor is more balanced: it has an acid under-tone that Sun Sugar lacks.

I continued harvesting potatoes this week, digging anything whose tops were dead. I was fortunate that a couple of friends offered me potatoes for planting. I love to try new varieties, but with my limited space I have only 1 -3 plants of these varieties. It’s enough to determine timing, yield and flavor.

These blue potatoes are an unknown variety from my friend Norma who got the original stock at a health food store. I grew them last year but accidentally ate the potatoes I intended to save for seed. When I got this year’s seed potatoes from Norma they already had 8-10″ sprouts which I buried up to the tips during planting. My three plants yielded 2.1 pounds. The potatoes are much bigger than those I dug last year.

2.1 lbs. Blue Potatoes – variety unknown

My friend Linda offered me samples from her order from Moose Tubers. I planted one hill each of Adirondack Red  and Augusta. While digging I also uncovered a couple of Blue Gold potatoes – but most of those are still underground.

L-R: Blue Gold .5 lbs., Adirondack Red .8 lbs., and Augusta 1.1 lbs Potatoes

This chard mix contains 2 varieties: Five Color Silverbeet and Orange Fantasia. I don’t know which of the orange varieties is the Orange Fantasia but one bunch has short, wide stems and the other long, narrow stems.

Chard: Five Color Silverbeet and Orange Fantasia, plus some Red Ace beets and a pepper

Cabernet Onions are an early variety and the tops were bent over. Normally I’d leave them a while but they were in the way of working with the potatoes, so out they came.

Cabernet Onions

It didn’t seem like I had much to harvest  until I added it all up.

Peas: 1 lb. Oregon Sugar Pod II; 1.3 lb. Sugar Snaps. Both varieties have been removed from the garden.
Zephyr summer squash: 1.9 lbs.
Carrots: 2 oz. Yaya and 1 lb. Bolero thinnings.
Onions: not weighed until dried and bagged.
Potatoes: 4.7 lbs Yukon Gold, plus the potatoes in the pictures.
Broccoli: a few side shoots
Scallions: .5 lbs
Beets: Red Ace 1.2 lbs
Swiss Chard: 2 lbs.

The rack holding the potatoes is an old dish drainer turned upside down. I  wash the root vegetables (carrots, beets & potatoes but not onions) before bring them home from my plot at Vassar Farm. Unfortunately, there are a lot of diseases in the soil at VF, and I don’t want to bring those home. The rack lets the veggies dry without sitting on the grass.

Did you notice how dead the grass is? Finally, we got some rain Sunday evening – a bit over an inch.

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