Mary's Veggie Garden

July 3, 2017

Harvest Monday July 3, 2017

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

 

June 19, 2017

Harvest Monday June 19, 2017

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

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