This past week’s harvest saw a few firsts. First harvest of bittermelon (karela). Harvested 2, gave one to a friend. To learn more about bittermelon click here
In my basket, left to right: gai lan side shoots, nappa cabbages (first harvest), broccoli & side shoots and cucumbers (Japanese cuke: long dark green one; kirby cukes: lighter green ones, gave most of them to my neighbour).
These cukes were harvested at their prime, taste and texture were much better than the ones harvested the week before (sweet and crispy, the seeds were tiny and the skins were thinner).
The harvested nappa was twice the size shown above, but (I am guessing) because the weather outside was so hot and dry while the inside of the nappa was moist and cool, many critters took up residence and made a huge mess of the outer layers of the leaves, I had to remove and discard many layers.
First harvest of sweet potato vine, gave a shopping bag full to a friend. Stir-fried in a bit of oil, garlic and salt to taste, delicious. I am told not all sweet potato vines are edible, the person did not know how to tell which is edible and which is not. I have eaten the vines from all the varieties I planted through the years and am still here writing about it. I do think the ornamental sweet potato vines are not edible.
Swiss chard, collard and kale are doing very well. A friend came by during the week. Sent her home with 2 shopping bags full.
Also picked a few raspberries and blackberries (another first). Neither made it out of the garden. Must remember to take my camera to the garden for photos.
Spent many hours trying to get the garden back in shape. Pulled up all the pea vines, turned over the soil, transplanted some seedlings, did some weeding, tidying up …..
The headline on the front page (above the fold) in the Mid-Husdon section of Sunday (yesterday) Poughkeepsie Journal (our local newspaper) read:
Lab confirms late tomato blight
Fungus was found at town farm, also can infect potatoes
This is bad news. After reading the headline, I quickly went to the garden to inspect my tomato plants. All healthy, so I brought out my pruner and pruned out the lower leaves as well as some of the branches of all the tomato plants to allow for better air circualation and hopefully help them to remain healthy. Will dig in all my potatoes this week, ready or not.
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