This past week was a good harvest week.
In my garden flat above are, left to right:
♦ Gai lan (Chinese broccoli), weight: 1 pound. It liked the cool weather we had and grew nice and fat. Don’t think it is going to like the weather this week, 90’s starting Wednesday. Right photo: gai lan flowers.
♦ Swiss chard, weight 1¼ pounds
♦ Lacinato kale, weight ¾ pounds
Both the Swiss chard and kale are extra seedlings that I did not need but had no takers. Not wanting to throw them in the compost pile, I planted them in a temporary vacant location and am rewarded with 2 delicious meals.
Harvested a basket of garlic scapes, weight: 1½ pounds. Going to harvest the remainder this week.
Also harvested a bit of snow peas, weight: 4 ounces and some strawberries, did not weigh nor phtograph (they never made it out of the garden).
With the rain and cool weather this past week, all the brassicas are doing well. The Chinese long beans, angled luffa and bittermelon on the other hand were not at all happy. Hopefully with the coming of the heat wave they will take off.
Above photo, front row: Swiss chard (rhubarb red, golden yellow and fordhook giant). 2nd row: broccoli. 3rd row: Brussels sprouts.
Above photo: Collard (in front). Kale (dwarf blue curled scotch, red Russian and lacinato hidden behind the red Russian).
Snow peas starting to produce. There were soy beans growing in what is now an unplanted area. On Tuesday when I visited the garden, the soy beans were growing well, Wednesday morning there was only one lonely plant, Thursday morning took my camera to take a photo of the one lonely plant, but it too dissappeared. The birds (I think) ate the seedlings. Not a happy person as I have no more seeds and even if I did, it may be too late to replant.
You can see the snow peas a bit better in this photo.
Chinese parsley (cilantro) flowers, so delicate and pretty. Chinese parsley bolted much earlier this year.
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