Monday, 8 July 2013

Harvest Monday - 8th July '13

It's been another good week for pickings and as a result, I'm hardly buying any vegetables at all.
Here's what I've been picking.

Several small beetroot,


some rocket and mint. The rocket is getting pretty close to flowering so I expect I wont have rocket for much longer. I have just put in another lot of seeds but there will be a gap now in my rocket produce.


A few good stalks of celery - this went into a Wild Pork and Celery stir-fry. There is loads of celery to pick.


Side shoots of broccoli. This is the first batch of side shoots with more on the way.


The purple cauliflower I have been waiting for. Disappointingly it turned green when steamed. And three bulbs of fennel.


Parsnips - some mutant, some not but all pretty small.


There was also a wombok and some spring onions but these  missed getting snapped. How are your pickings?

I am contributing this to Daphne's Harvest Monday. When the earth turns a little more you can see loads of produce on her site.

25 comments:

  1. Very nice harvest! And very interesting variety of purple cauliflower - how does it compare in taste to the regular?

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    1. To be honest it tasted more like broccoli, or maybe that's because they turned green and it influenced my taste buds.

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  2. Love the look of that purple broccoli, and your celery looks perfect. I can never grow celery that well. Nice harvests!

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    1. This is the first year that the celery has looked that good. I think water is the trick.

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    2. My first time with Celery this winter and they go gangbuster in the self-watering pot. I have to keep feeding wormcasting to make them happy. I am also sowing more celery recently for a spring/summer crop as the current one that I sowed in January might bolt when the spring comes do you think so?

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    3. The self watering pot for such a thirsty crop is a great move obviously! Sound like the worm castings are helpful too. Mine enjoy sheep pooh. I reckon mine will bolt in the warmth too so best get to juicing celery I think with apple and ginger.

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  3. A lot of those beautiful purple varieties of items (purple beans for example) do indeed turn green when cooked, but they sure are pretty to look at as they grow in the garden. The purple beans are easier to see to pick as well. Your beets and celery look succulent and delicious.

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    1. Yes, I think I am going to have to grow more purple varieties. I like that the peas and beans are easier to pick cause they are more visable. Sometimes you can lose a lot of produce cause its hidden away!

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  4. Great looking harvest. The purple cauliflower looks great, I may have to give them a try!

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    1. Oh thank you. Its great to have so much to pick.

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  5. The cauliflower is pretty. I've never grown a purple vegetable that doesn't turn green, or worse, gray when you cook it. But they are fun to grow. You certainly do have a nice variety of veggies for a winter harvest.

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    1. I guess I was a bit hopeful that it would stay purple, they're so pretty.

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  6. Your fall garden is doing so beautifully! I must try harder this year to put in a fall garden, instead of just depending on reseeded volunteers of lettuce and radishes.

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    1. I really enjoy my autumn and winter gardens. Because its cooler mostly and you don't have to worry so much about watering.

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  7. I've got the purple cauliflower for my garden this year as well. I know it will turn when cooked - but looks so cute I can't stand it!

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  8. What a beautiful harvest! Especially like those nice big celery stalks!

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    1. I think I will juice some today with some apple and ginger.

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  9. Great looking beets there. It's nice to not have to buy many veggies, isn't it!

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    1. Its the best part of it all. That and getting dirty.

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  10. Great harvest, I don't have anywhere near as much produce in mine at the moment. I've been cutting back my rocket when it flowers and it seems to get it going again.

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    1. I will give your rocket tip a go.

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  11. The F1 Hybrid cauliflower "Graffiti" does not turn green when cooked. It does go a sort of unappealing greyish/bluish color, though. On the other hand, much like it's "cousin", red cabbage, it responds to acid by turning a really vivid pink.

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    1. I am liking the idea of pink cauli. Thanks for the acid tip.

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  12. I'm putting in my fall/winter greens and turnips this week, so they will get big enough by winter to make it through the cold weather. I start getting greens from then in late winter/early spring and try to keep up with the flower buds before they bloom. I just ripped out all the ones that went to seed and now I have to process them to save the seeds. Your beets and celery look wonderful, I can't seem to get either to develop properly, though I bought some Safir cutting leaf celery and let it go to seed in a planter last year, and it came up solid.

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