Was a bit under the weather this past week as a result not much got done in the garden or the kitchen.
Reinjured my right shoulder some weeks ago and every now and then it acts up. This past week it was “acting up” and I was forced to take it easy, am OK now just need to remember not to make certain motion with my right arm which is easier said than done.
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Napa & Leek
The 3 napas in the window box formed heads, click here and scroll down.
Early in the week I noticed one of the them started to bolt (you can see the flower stalk poking through the center in the above photo) so harvested it. Weighed about 1½ pounds. Like this size. Would they grow larger if planted in the ground? Will do an experiment next year to find out. Later in the week decided to harvest the other 2 as well before they bolt.
The napa seeds were a gift from Mac, High Desert Garden. Mac grows a vast variety of veggies and fruits and she post photos of the dishes she makes with her harvests. Check out her blog, you are going to drool scrolling through her dishes.
Pulled my first leek (notice the length of the white part in the above photo, a whopping 12 inches, I am so pleased). Bought the seedlings from a nursery so no idea what the variety is.
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Chicory (Radicchio), Asian Pears, Strawberries & Thornless Blackberries
Harvested my first chicory (radicchio). The packet of seeds I have contains a mixed variety of chicory so I never know what I am going to harvest. Need to get single variety seed packets.
Got my first Asian pear.
Since I cut down the other Asian pear tree I had worried that I would not get any Asian pears this year (most Asian pear needs 2 varieties for pollination). Fortunately the remaining trees is a self-fertile one so I am happy to have fruits. Not knowing how much self-thinning would occur, decided not to do any thinning, as a result the fruits are not large. Now that I know this is a self-fertile tree and there is little self-thinning, next year I will thin to have larger fruits.
The critters are still taking bites out of the largest strawberries and blackberries, did leave me some (the smaller ones) untouched, a few handfuls of each. Although they were not the largest they were sweet and flavorful.
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Potatoes – Fingerlings & Blue
The fingerlings on the left were grown in the ground, the fingerlings on the right were grown in foam ice chest. I got better yield from the ice chest and it was easier to hill the plants as well, will grow all potatoes in containers next year.
The blue potato was grown in an 18-inch diameter x 16-inch high container, harvested 3½ pounds from 2 plants. The one in the above photo is the largest and weighed 4½ ounces. I think if I planted the potatoes deeper in the container I would have higher yield. Next year I am going to plant the seed potato at the lower ¼ of the pot and hill the plants as they grow. I also think the container is large enough to accommodate 3 plants.
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Green Soy Beans (edamame) – Besweet 2001
I plant 3 different varieties of soy beans – Black, Tohya and Besweet 2001. Tohya is the first to reach edible stage, followed by black a few days later and besweet 2001 a week after black. The seeds of Besweet 2001 are larger than both the Tohya and Black. Because the 3 varieties matured at different times could not do a side-by-side taste test.
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Still harvesting figs (already have 1½ quarts in the freezer), Swiss chards, sweet potato vines, Ping Tung eggplant, red & green Chinese long beans, tomatoes and more tomatoes. Garden doing surprisingly well this year.
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