Harvest Monday...

23 June, 2014

Thanks as always to Daphne for the veg gardeners show off (in a good way) that is Harvest Monday.

At the moment winter pickings are a bit on the slim side, with many winter crops like cabbage and cauliflower are still a little while away.

But there is still good stuff. I've been picking:

Heaps of Tuscan kale and perpetual spinach, also a few spring onions from self sown seed in last years' onion patch.


Also loads of red Russian kale. This is lovely and soft, and I mostly just blanch it briefly in hot water from a just boiled kettle, then immediately drain and dress with a herby vinagrette and eat by the bowlful.


To add variety to these lovely leafy greens, I was very excited to harvest my first broccoli of the season this week.


The broccoli don't look very big this year. My soil is still pretty undernourished, so I think I need to do an intensive manure and mulch regime before spring to try and bulk up the nutrient levels. However, the tiny broccoli was still very yum. This one got stir fried, but I have plans for future broccoli involving griddle pan cooking for some charred flavours, maybe with toasted almonds.

Not pictured were lemons (oh, so many lemons...), loads of parsley and the odd Sundowner apple. I have 14 apples left on the tree (yes, I am counting them down) as well as two Lady Williams apples which I hope will ripen soon as I'm eager to try them, this being the first time the tree has set fruit.

Hopefully next Harvest Monday I blog will include them. Also one of these.


Don't forget to head to Daphne's to see what others are picking.

8 comments:

  1. Lovely harvests. I wish I could grow Tuscan kale. But I don't because it won't survive my winter here. Red Russian usually doesn't either. So I tend to stick to the curled kales which aren't as pretty. I love how Red Russian looks in the garden though. It is such a beautiful. plant.

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    1. I love curled kales too, but didn't grow any this year as they just get bug infested, and trying to get aphids out of the curly leaves is just painful.
      All kales are just beautiful plants, so ornamental as well as edible.

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  2. COMPLETE AND UTTER ENVY.
    that is all :-)

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  3. Those slim pickings sure look good. Your nice simple preparation of the Russian kale sounds perfect, I may have to grow some to give it a try. I have the same problem with the curly kales, they get to be so infested with aphids that I just pull them out and toss them in the compost.

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    1. I highly recommend it, easy to grow and a nice mild tasting brassica.
      Sorry to hear I'm not the only suffererer of aphids in curly kale. At least the compost gets something.

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  4. Looks like that cauliflower is heading up nicely!

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    1. I hope so! Can't wait for cauliflower soup, cheesy cauliflower bakes and roast cauli salads. Come on cauli!

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