Monday, June 22, 2015

Harvest Monday 22 June 2015




Harvested some more spinach and the first cutting of tatsoi. I thought the tatsoi was ruined by the flea beetles, but some judicious spraying and a break in the weather caused it to outgrow the flea beetles. There is more in the garden and the cool, rainy weather we have this weekend will hopefully suppress the beetles and allow me to harvest the rest next week.




The bulk of the garlic scapes were harvested this week, after a few early scapes became available last week. Another first picking was the Golden Sweet snow peas. These are growing quite rampantly. I had to use twine to raise the mass of the vines off the  radishes in the middle of the bed and pull them toward the trellis. The prevailing (high) winds have been blowing the vines away from the trellis, keeping the tendrils from grabbing the trellis.




I opened the brassica tenting to see how they are doing and took the opportunity to cut the first harvest of the Beedy’s Camden kale. Now I have kale for smoothies, my baked eggs, and some massaged kale salads. All of the brassicas are still looking good. There are some holes in the bottom leaves of the kale so maybe I should try spraying some Spinosad in there next week. I examined the broccoli and no sign of heads forming, which is good.




More firsts in the root vegetables category. I actually succeeded in growing a kohlrabi, only my second in years of attempts. I started these indoors in soil cubes and transplanted them. This one is Winner. Also harvested were the Red Candy onion and the first Rossa Lunga di Tropea onion, to use as fresh onions in cooking.




Besides the root vegetables I picked a large quantity of the Golden Sweet snow peas and the first Sugar Snap peas.





I pulled most of the radishes from the bed so I can plant something else. The purple Boro King radishes were huge but had a lot of maggot damage.  The white radish is an off-color Boro King. And more strange shapes from the Dragon radishes. I wondered if  this could be cause by some problem, like nematodes or a soil-borne disease. It is not rocks, there are none in the raised beds. Apparently not, daikon radishes often exhibit the same strange shapes and I will bet there is some daikon in these.




After photographing the radishes I found this one in the corner of the bag. It is strange enough to deserve its own photo.


That is what I harvested from my garden last week. Check out what other gardeners are growing by visiting Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Monday.


  1. Are the yellow pea pods just as sweet (I'm guessing yes). It sure must make picking easier. The radishes are creepy but very colorful. What's a massaged salad??

    1. The pods are sweet, but have a tint of green to them. For the salad, just Google "massaged kale salad" for recipes.

  2. Those radishes are amazing! Such vivid colours. I'm growing kohlrabi for the first time this year and they are just the size of marbles right now.

  3. Your onions are starting to size up nicely. I'll have to start picking mine as soon as I'm done with the bunching onions. The walla wallas won't keep so I figure in July I'll be eating them partially formed.

  4. You're getting lots of variety in your spring harvests. The radishes look huge.

  5. We have a local weatherman who encourages gardeners to send in photos of odd looking veggies and fruit. I think that last radish qualifies! I loved the Golden Sweet peas but when I grew them I didn't get enough to warrant growing them again. I'm glad they do well for you!

  6. That radish is almost as funny as the ridiculous video I just watched of a cat in a shark costume riding a roomba chasing a duckling (I kid you not). There must be something about your soil that makes such strange radishes. That purple one would be so pretty...

    How do you like the Golden Sweet snow peas? I think they're quite good and I really like the fact that they don't all mature in about a weeks time, at least in my garden.

  7. Wow - those are some strange radishes!

    And congrats on your first kohlrabi - I'm sure you enjoyed it all the more because of your past troubles growing it!


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