Mary's Veggie Garden

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.

January 18, 2016

Surprise Harvest: Kohlrabi in Winter

Filed under: Kohlrabi,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 11:46 am
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At the start of winter two Kolibri kohlrabi remained in my garden. Both were transplanted into the garden last spring on 4/28. They were still small when the summer vegetables started producing, so I ignored them, figuring they would never amount to anything. Both were in partly shaded areas of the garden and they continued to grow slowly. Eventually one split.

In the first days of January, on one of the many warm days we’ve enjoyed this winter, I did some garden cleanup. The forecast predicted overnight lows around 10°F so I thinned and pruned the raspberries before the ground froze.

That’s when I noticed the kohlrabi. Thinking it would be tough & stringy, I was tempted to throw it in the wheelbarrow with the raspberry prunings. At least it wasn’t mush, even though it had experienced several nights with low temperatures around 20°F.

I decided to give one kohlrabi a try and it was a pleasant surprise. The flesh was white and tender. It was a bit fibrous at the base, but that is normal where the bulb turns into the stem.

I cooked the kohlrabi with carrots and onions from my root cellar using this simple recipe: https://marysveggiegarden.wordpress.com/2011/12/20/braised-carrots-and-kohlrabi/ .

Lesson learned: a mature Kolibri kohlrabi can survive temperatures down to 20° F. This is a surprise because  I’ve seen a late spring freeze of 28°F kill kohlrabi transplants that had already been in the garden a couple of weeks.

My ultimate Kolibri kohlrabi.

My ultimate Kolibri kohlrabi. It looks pretty good considering it’s been almost 9 months in the garden.

The second kohlrabi is still in the garden. It’s experienced several nights around 10° F. I’ll harvest it on Wednesday, the next time the temperature will be above freezing and it can thaw naturally before harvest. I wonder how it will be? Will the additional 10° F of cold make a difference in the eating quality?

1/23 update: I harvested the final kohlrabi last Wednesday, when the temperature had been slightly above freezing for several hours.  It was hard and looked icy. I think it was at least half frozen.  It smelled a bit funky.  I bagged it and placed it in the refrigerator to thaw. After thawing, it was very soft and smelled worse. It went into the trash. It did not survive several 10° F nights.

 

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