Monday, June 11, 2012

Harvest Monday-11 June 2011

I have not been posting harvests this spring because they don’t seem that interesting. I got one cutting of collards and bags of kale from plants that overwintered in the garden. I also got a few small cuttings from the salad bed, but now that bed is growing exuberantly with all the cool, rainy weather.

Below is a basket of chard (Orange Fantasia and Bright Lights). On the right is my first cutting of mustard greens. I pulled my first radish to see how they were doing. Turned out to be pithy and hollow but at least no maggots. I never have luck with radishes and stopped growing them because of the cabbage fly maggot. These greens became Sunday night’s supper: braised chard and stir-fry beef on mustard greens.

Chard and mustard greens

Sunday’s harvest of salad greens. The salad bed really likes the weather so I am getting a cutting like this every other day.

Assorted salad greens

This is kale from the Beedy’s Camden kale plants that over-wintered. It is a great kale and I realize now probably my favorite. I have planted Winterbor in the past but could not find plants last year. All the garden centers had was the red russian and lacinato types which I am not interested in growing. I bought the Beedy’s Camden plants from a neighbor in town who was selling surplus seedlings. I only needed four, so I gave the other two to a neighbor in the community garden. Three of my four plants survived the winter and both of hers. We are still cutting bags of tender, juicy leaves now well into June. What a great kale, discovered by Beedy Parker growing in her garden in Camden, Maine.

Beedy's Camden kale

This is what I harvested from my garden last week. Now head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions and see what others are harvesting.


  1. The Beedy Camden kale looks alot like the Siberian Dwarf Improved variety I prefer and grow every year. The leaves are more tender and I like the lighter taste of the kale too.

    You are getting a great harvest of greens from your garden.

  2. I think you are right, Beedy Palmer also thought it looked like, but wasn't, Siberian kale. I don't know what the differences or improvements are over Siberian, but she gave seeds to Fedco and they are growing and selling it.

  3. You have some beautiful greens. It's too hot for them in Dallas, now, though I'm still getting ruby chard.

  4. Wowsa that is a lot of greens! Sorry about your radishes.

  5. Beedy's is my new favorite kale as well. I'm giving away seeds I saved this spring. If you're interested, head to Our Happy Acres and let me know. Lovely greens!

    1. Yeah, I googled it and saw you were all over it. I'm just adding my own endorsement. Thanks for the seed saving advice. My Beedy's is bolting and the yellow flowers are attracting the cabbage moths, but I have other brassicas in neighboring boxes also flowering. So I may take you up on your offer of seeds.

  6. Interesting. I have never heard of that kale before. I like Red Russian a lot. This year I planted dinosaur kale and it didn't do nearly as well.

  7. Those are some really great looking greens! Really nice harvest. I never heard of that kale before. Usually I have Red Russian and last winter the Lancinato but neither did very well; I don't think the soil was in good enough shape yet.

  8. I really like all the different textures greens can have - so they can be interesting. Nice radish.


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