Harvest Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian readers!!!!!

The week started out HOT and dry, luckily we had rain mid week. Did not cool things down much, but the plants were happy, especially the heat loving ones. Tomato plants shot up, I will get tomatoes after all. The Chinese long beans started to climb. Before the heat wave, they were at a stand still. All the other veggies have taken off too. I am a happy gardener.

Lettuce did not like the heat and appeared ready to bolt, so harvested them except the 3  planted under the Asian pear tree. Will leave these 3 to see how they hold up through the summer heat in partial shade. They are leaf lettuce from a mix, so I have no idea what variety they are, too bad.


Mixed lettuce – red leaf, green leaf and romaine

Harvested a bunch of beets.

Cleaned the greens, cut into about 2-inch length. Stir-fried in oil with fresh ginger, garlic scapes, salt and pepper to taste. Served as a side.

Steamed the roots, peeled and sliced thinly. Combined with rice vinegar, shredded ginger, Chinese parsley (cilantro), orange zest, sesame oil, salt and pepper to taste. Served cold.

Beets, Detroit dark red

Beets, Detroit dark red
The beet root, 2nd from left, measured 2¼ inches in length an 1½ inches in diameter

These beets are unexpected surprise. I had sown two 48-inch rows of parsnips. Parsnips take a long time to germinate. To mark the area, I planted a row of Detroit dark red beet seedlings between the 2 rows, figuring when the parsnips germinate and need the space I will pull the baby beet plants for greens. Imagine my surprise when I pulled the plants, not only did I get a big bunch of greens (should have weighed it) but look at the size of the beet roots!!!!! Definitely doing this interplanting again next spring.

Remember the red leaf amaranth I left to grow among my carrots? It grew and grew, was huge (too bad I did not take a photo) . There were also other volunteers growing in other areas of the garden, together there was enough for a meal, so I harvested them all.

Red leaf amaranth

Red leaf amaranth
The leaves are redder than what is shown in the photo

Harvested my first head of broccoli, a beauty.



Could have cut just below the main head and allow the side shoots to continue to grow, but the plant was quite tall and I worried it would topple over. Side shoots will grow from the remaining stalk.

Another first: purple and green kohlrabi. Not only are the kohlrabis not doing well, they are also splitting, especially the purple ones.


See the split on the purple one at left? Lost its beauty but not its flavor

Harvested the last of my garlic scapes.

Garlic scape

Garlic scape
Will have to wait until next spring to enjoy this treat again.
Oak leaf hydrangea
Oak leaf hydrangea

Coreopsis, zagreb

Zagreb coreopsis

Happy Gardening!

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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64 Responses to Harvest Monday, July 1, 2013

  1. I like that tip about the parsnips – I am always afraid if pulling seedlings by mistake, and who doesn’t like a few beets? Your amaranth looks yummy. I grew some last year and have spotted a few volunteers, but they’re still small.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello GC,
      Most gardeners mark their parsnips rows by planting radishes, but since I do not use that much radishes, I decided to experiment with planting beet seedlings and it worked out well for me. I just need to remember to start beet seedlings in cell pack early.

  2. cocomino says:

    Happy Gardening. There is also Oak leaf hydrangea in our garden. 😀

  3. Karen says:

    It sounds like your garden is doing very well…that is great. My tomatoes are growing so slow. They are just not getting enough hours of sun. Cloudy days with thunderstorms every afternoon does not make for happy plants. 😦

  4. Shawn Ann says:

    Very lovely harvest and very lovely flowers too! I love coreopsis!

  5. Jenny says:

    Very nice harvest and lovely flowers. Love the beets!

  6. You always have such healthy looking plants Norma. Fabulous.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  7. Patsy says:

    Great harvest Norma! Interestingly I tried interplanting parsnips this year too, but it was due to lack of space. I interplanted them between the early cauliflower and cabbages and they seem to be doing great there, even the ones covered with large cabbage leaves, which hopefully will soon be gone. Of course, I don’t know yet how the parsnip roots will do in the end!

  8. Daphne says:

    Beautiful harvests. I was supposed to grow parsnips this year, but never got around to planting them. Maybe next year. I so love the look of beets. I only wish I would like the taste. So chard is as close as I get to a beet, but I won’t even eat the stems of the chard.

  9. kitsapfg says:

    I was taught to use radishes to mark the planting area until the main crop grows and fills out – but I am not a huge fan of radishes, so I like your brilliant idea of using beets instead!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Laura,
      Most gardeners use radishes to mark the parsnips planting area but I do not need that many radishes so decided to experiment with beets, may try Swiss chard next year.

  10. Another productive week, Norma. I love those beet greens!

  11. Barbie says:

    In the spring I am forever trying to interplant and make the most of my space. Now that it’s summer it’s hard to fill my space. I’ll be back to looking for space in a few months. LOL.

  12. Kristy says:

    I love the picture of the garlic scapes in the basket. The green is just so vibrant. 🙂 Here’s to another good growth week! Happy 4th to you this week Norma!

  13. Michelle says:

    That is a clever idea with the beets, I’ll have to remember that. And seeing your amaranth reminds me that I wanted to try it again this year, I have to go dig out my seeds.

  14. Beautiful, beautiful produce, and I love your oak leaf hydrangea, too!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Betsy,
      Thanks. Location sure makes a huge difference, the one in the photo receives full sun and has been blooming for a while another plant receiving only morning sun is still at bud stage.

  15. Nice harvests! What a smart idea to plant beets between your parsnip rows. I’m growing amaranth for the first time this year.. just a little bit. Do you eat the amaranth leaves raw or cook them?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello B and B,
      I cook my amaranth. If very tender, I do a quick sauté, if the leaves are more mature, then I add a bit of liquid to cook till tender. I peel the stem and cook that also.

  16. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Brilliant photos Norma. The steamed beet roots sound absolutely beautiful. Love the addition of orange zest. The broccoli is indeed a thing of beauty – as is the hydrangea!

  17. Maureen says:

    Every time I see a picture of your garden I think about moving to a place that has dirt I can play with.

  18. The steamed beets with ginger, orange, vinegar, and sesame oil sounds amazing!

  19. Everything looks great!

  20. ChgoJohn says:

    Your garden continues to impress me, Norma. What a happy surprise to find beets where you thought there’d only be greens. You’ve got a green thumb and your garden reflects that. Just look at that amaranth. Beautiful! Another thing of beauty is that oak leaf hydrangea. I’ve a couple but none so fancy as that one you photographed. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      Location, location, location. The hydrangea in the photo receives full sun and is gorgeous, the other that receives only morning sun is not doing as well and is only at bud stage, but that’s a good thing because now I have an extended blooming period.

  21. Eha says:

    And my favourite from today’s send is that ‘hand of cards’ of all the different lettuces; lovely photography 🙂 !

  22. Lrong says:

    Love the kohlrabi… I should try to grow them again…

  23. wow that is indeed a long broccoli stalk! I do love the steamed stalk more than the florets. Great post!

  24. Happy Canada day and gardening my friend 😀
    As always your garden looks full of life!

    Choc Chip Uru

  25. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy Canada Day to you too, Norma and I hope you have a lovely Independence Day too!
    What a great harvest, every time I read your blog I wish I had buttoned down and planted a few things — instead my planters on the garage roof are growing rampant with weeds. The foliage is certainly loving this weather, my ivy is growing like crazy, invading everything in its path.

  26. Balvinder says:

    Happy Canada day to you too. The weather from last few days is so nice and my tiny garden is growing well. Loved the quick cold recipe of eating beets.

  27. Your beets are absolutely perfect! I am hoping against hope to have a successful beet harvest this year!

  28. Great treasures in your garden, Norma! We’re over kohlrabi so I’m not going to plant them this year, but I definitely wish I’d planted more beets, as the first one we ate has been delicious. Ironic that we’re harvesting similar things in our winter to your summer – we’ve been eating broccoli and beets and lettuce leaves as well! 🙂

  29. Love your blog and your garden! So happy I found your blog, stop by and say hi 🙂

  30. Hotly Spiced says:

    You have so much happening in your garden. Great variety. And I love the flowers too. xx

  31. Juliana says:

    I love visiting your post on Monday…always curious to see your harvest…awesome Norma 🙂
    Have a lovely week ahead!

  32. Everything looks fabulous! Crazy weather continues…all the best!

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