Monday, May 30, 2011

First Harvest Monday of the season 5/30/11 & garden update

Gail and I enjoyed our first very small harvest of the growing season late last week.
With my job transition followed by tons of rain we were a little behind on the gardening front but we did our best catching up routine this week as well. Our garlic is really taking off and looks great and some of the walking onions have started forming bulbs on their tops:
We've also got a variety of herbs and greens that are doing great including some kale, volunteer chives, flat leaf and & parsley, garlic chives, and even the tiny sage is starting to show signs of life, as are some radishes and bush beans! Here is a nice shot of the volunteer chives and kale as seen from a distance:
We planted our tomato (3 Cherokee purple & 3 speckled roman) and pepper (4 'Golden Summer' bell peppers,23 cubanelle's, 2 jalapeƱos & 1 that was unlabeled but I think is a cubanelle.) We also planted all the marigolds, and the 3 bush bay mini zucchini!

On to the harvest!!!
We harvest a small mix of herbs & greens this week. The chives started to blossom so we took some home with us to put in our dinner and in some of the cheese we made(more on that later this week). We also got some parsley and a small bunch of arugula, both of which found their way into our dinner!
Here is what we harvested:

.25oz/7.08g Parsley
.80oz/22.68g Chives
2.45 oz/69.46g Arugula

Total for the week: 3.50 oz/92.22 g

Not a huge harvest but I'm really happy now that we are pretty much caught up with getting the garden fully going! Here's to the first of many wonderful harvests & garden updates of the season!

If you want to see what others are harvesting or share in your own bounty, stop by Daphne's Dandelions the home of Harvest Monday.


Allison at Novice Life said...

Yum! Your harvests in the coming months sound like they'll be delish!

What do you do with all your Cubanelle peppers?

Fred said...

Allison - The bigger ones are great stuffed. Or they can be cut up and thrown into stir-fry's in place of bell peppers.
Really though, I'm not sure what I will do with all of them as it's my first time growing them, so only time will tell.

Robin said...

Every harvest is a great harvest! There is nothing better then having fresh herbs and greens from the garden!

Dirt Lover said...

Awesome looking chives! Hmm, Cubanella peppers.... sounds like one I'd like to try. Let us know how they look and turn out. I'll be keeping notes!

kitsapFG said...

Just the first of what will be many harvests yet to come. I think the first few green things we pull from the early season garden - are savored and enjoyed more than any of the greater abundance that arrives later in the season.

gardenvariety-hoosier said...

The first time I tried a fall-ripened Cubanelle I was hooked for life. They are sweeter and tangier than many fruits. Better than candy.

Fred said...

Robin- You are totally right, every harvest is a great one.
Dirt Lover- All the chives are volunteer's that overwintered! They really are rockin! I can't wait to watch the cubanelle's to grow!
Kitsap-Though I love nothing more then a fresh garden tomato in the height of summer, you are right, after a long winter it's nice to have something fresh and green going from the garden to my plate.
Hoosier-In these parts as soon as they have the nice lightish green color they hit are markets, and my wok! I am excited to grow them, should be a fun experiment!

Daphne said...

Cherokee Purple is my favorite big tomato right now. So I planted a lot of them too.

RandomGardener said...

In our zone chives are perennials. I always have them as my first harvest too!