Harvest Monday, July 22, 2013

What a week it was! HOT, HAZY & HUMID for a whole week and no rain. The rain that was supposed to fall on Saturday never made it to my gardens. Watered every day, but everything was thirsty again shortly after the water was turned off. It was much cooler yesterday (Sunday), thank goodness, but still no rain.

In the garden around 6:00 a.m. weeding, harvesting and eating berries. Call it quits after a couple of hours, just too hot. Still lots to get done. Cooler weather is here to stay a while so this should be a productive week.

garlic (5442)

Dug in all the garlic. They are curing in the shed. Shared some with friends.

Grew 4 variety of garlic: music, German white, soft neck and a no-name hard neck (given to me by my Ukranian neighbor decades ago). Unfortunately, while harvesting, the tags did not get put with the correct variety so now they are all “no-name”. I will still grow the 4 varieties separately because the garlic scapes for the different varieties are ready for  use at different time, thus extending my spring treat.

Cucumber and dried peas (5379)

Cucumber, Dried Sugar Snap Peas & Snow Peas

Harvested my first cucumber. Could have, should have, waited a couple more days before harvesting, but I was anxious to taste my first home grown cuke, had to pick. It was sweet and crunchy.

Also picked the browned sugar snap peas and snow peas. Was going to save these seeds for next year’s planting, but am going to, instead, plant them in window boxes for harvesting pea shoots. My spring pea shoots experiment failed. Hoping a fall planting experiment will give me better results.

While weeding, a few blue potatoes and fingerling potatoes came to the surface. Gathered them and made a simple boiled potatoes. The taste of freshly harvested potatoes, divine.

Blue potatoes & fingerlings (5446)

Blue Potatoes & Fingerling Potatoes

Hired one of my neighbor’s kid (home from college for the summer) to help me with some of the garden chores. While working and talking, I learned he is into healthy eating, does his own cooking and have not met a veggie he does not like. Got to admire and encourage a kid who is taking good care of himself. Been giving him veggies from my garden.

Below are samples of some of the produce (3 grocery bags) I gave him on Friday:

Carrots, kale, beet greens & garlic

Carrots, kale (2 kinds), dill, beet greens & garlic (collard did not make it into the photo)

Chard, Chinese chives & Chinese celery

Swiss chard, Chinese chives, Chinese celery &  fingerling potato


Herbs – chives, basil, sage, oregano & thyme

California poppies

California Poppy

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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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50 Responses to Harvest Monday, July 22, 2013

  1. Karen says:

    It looks like your plants are enjoying the sunshine…what a nice harvest.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Karen,
      Yes, despite the heat I did have a nice harvest. Tomatoes shot up and there are fruits but still small and green. You probably did not suffer the heat wave since you are on the beach. How are your tomatoes doing?

  2. Hotly Spiced says:

    I’m sorry to hear about the heatwave. It does sound like it’s been savage on gardens. But you’ve still managed a harvest and it’s lovely to see what still able to survive xx

  3. Patsy says:

    Beautiful harvest! How nice to meet a young person who loves healthy eating and fresh garden veggies! They are ones you just want to encourage, the future gardeners!

  4. Daphne says:

    I’m happy to have missed that heatwave. The garden got it however and the melons and corn really shot up while I was gone. They love that heat. I’ve got to get some greens back in the garden though. Thankfully this week will be cooler.

  5. It’s been hot here, too, but we got rain last night. Garlic looks really nice, Norma, so do the potatoes. I harvested lots of potatoes, from just a couple of plants. Aren’t they fun to dig up? Almost like treasure hunting. So generous of you to share your veggies!

  6. Isn’t it great when you find potatoes in last year’s box? Sorry to hear about your lack of rain – it’s always so much easier when Mother Nature cooperates 🙂

  7. your purple potatoes are spectacular!

  8. Kim says:

    Yummy! You be careful in that heat. Ahhhhh the first fresh cucumber of the season I bet it was delicious. How long until you get some tomatoes?

    Happy Gardening Norma

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kim,
      That cucumber was the best tasting. Tomatoes are still small and green, not sure when I will see a red one. The cherries are coming in but I do not like the new variety I decided to try this year. Did you take care of the critter that was stealing your tomatoes?

  9. I just harvested some rucola and greens. I love your purple potato!

  10. Colline says:

    Your garden is so bountiful. I am sure you are planning some delicious meals.

  11. Jenny says:

    Love your garlic and colorful veggie harvest and way to go on getting neighbors kid help and sharing bounty! It’s so nice to see younger generation getting into the healthier lifestyle.

  12. Shawn Ann says:

    Very nice. I love the purple potatoes, don’t you? My daughter loves them too. I used a bunch of mine this week for some purple hasbrowns.

  13. kitsapfg says:

    The first cucumber of the year (along with the first tomato) are always a celebration event. I am hoping to enjoy that opportunity soon, but my cucumbers are tiny fruits and flowers at present. Your garden is producing very well and you are working quite hard in it given the heat you all have been enduring.

  14. How lovely and productive! The garlic looks wonderful, and I reckon that cucumber was the perfect size for picking. And there really isn’t anything better than freshly picked potatoes, is there? We simply boil ours and then toss them in butter and sorrel!

  15. Michelle says:

    You’ve got a great variety of vegetables coming out of the garden now and they don’t seem the worse for the heat. We are fortunate that the heat didn’t bother us here. What a great deal you made with your neighbor’s son, he gets incredible homegrown produce and you get much needed help.

  16. Stoney Acres says:

    Your garlic looks beautiful!! Good luck with all the heat, we are in the same boat here as well with the temps well over 100 all week!!

  17. Kristy says:

    Those fingerlings look fantastic! I just love those little potatoes. I hope that you have a great productive week this week. The weather is supposed to be cooler here too. It will be a nice break. My plants already look happier. 🙂

  18. Eha says:

    The current generation of youngsters are so oft blamed for everyhting under the sun: and sometimes there may be reason . . . BUT when I grew up there would not have been half as many [especially of the male gender] who thought of the importance of food, knew an iota about the subject or could cook to live a longer, happier life!!

  19. i can imagine your garden diversity Norma…..
    btw, did u harvest the garlic scape from the plant???

  20. Your garlic certainly makes me envious! It’s all such a bounty and a tribute to your hard work.

  21. mac says:

    Nice varied harvest, good for you to have a garden helper and good for him to have nice garden veggies.

  22. leduesorelle says:

    Thank goodness for students needing summer jobs or our garden would be overrun with weeds!

  23. Sounds like a nice harvest Norma. Love your herbs and California Poppy!

  24. Norma, I bet you will be a great inspiration to this college kid and help teach him healthy cooking and eating. I love to see that garlic all perfectly lined up and sure that will be put to good use. Can you believe it has been raining and super hot and humid for 2 weeks straight in HK. We have green lush plants and grass.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Bam,
      The weather in my neck of the wood is just crazy. Heatwave last Thursday, near 100. Autumn-like this morning, woke up to the 50’s, day’s high will be around 72. Not sure how to dress anymore.

  25. Sophie33 says:

    Thanks for this garden produce post! Your garden is producing veggies & fruits well! My thornless blackberry bush is doing well too. Everyday we have planty of fresh ripe berries! My pumpkin plant isn’t doing well at all! 😦

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