Harvest Monday – 16th January 2012

16 Jan

I have poured a lot of money into establishing the garden over the past year. This is mostly establishment costs such as fruit trees and seeds, but fertilizer, mulch and ongoing maintenance is significant too. I’m hoping that this will slow down a little with the chooks on the scene, but I’ve decided that I need to keep a better track of the harvest I’m getting for all my money, time and effort.

So I’ve decided to join Liz and others keeping track of of their weekly harvest in a blogging tradition started by Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions. This will force me to take a record of what I’m picking, whether it is consumed by us or gifted away.

So this week we have:

20 Golden Nugget pumpkins (approximately 400g each)

Some of these were used in gnocchi and dhal, but most were given away. My friend Sarah turned them (along with some of my monster zucchini from the last few weeks) into chutney, and gave some back to me 🙂

'Crystal Apple' cucumbers, carrots, Golden Nuggets and 'Double Yield' cucumbers

5 Crystal Apple cucumbers
I grew these on the request of my sister in law, and they have been wildly successful. I’ve lost count of the number of them, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we had 100 before the season is over. I’m still not sure what to do with them apart from tzatziki, raita and refrigerator pickles, but they have been working just fine for those.
3 ‘Double Yield’ cucumber
These haven’t been as prolific as the Digger’s Club claims. I had terrible trouble getting them to germinate, and they have struggled a bit. I think they are coming along now though, and I’ll get more this week.
850g dwarf green beans
I need to plant more of these, because I adore them and they yield amazingly. If I don’t sow another crop I’m going to have a big gap in supply.
Large bowl of silverbeet (hen-pecked because the chooks get out occasionally)

And also:

  • 4 bird’s eye chillis – I used these in the kimchi
  • 4 yellow button squash
  • 2 zucchini
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 black cherry tomatoes
  • a bowl of lettuce leaves
  • a small bowl of wild arugula
  • a large bowl of basil leaves – for a batch of pesto, which is already all gone
  • The occasional pick of mixed herbs – oregano, thyme etc
  • An unknowable number of strawberries (You’ll have to ask Little D about that one)

Have a look at what other people are harvesting – head on over to Daphne’s blog.

16 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 16th January 2012”

  1. JulieK January 16, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    I roasted one that you brought to us with some salt and pepper and had it for lunch today – it was excellent, thank you!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 16, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

      No worries Julie. Your cucumbers have so far contributed to P’s lunch for tomorrow and I plan to make bread and butter cucumbers with the rest. Thanks for having us on Saturday.

  2. Liz January 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm #

    Thanks for the link – glad you’re joining in. Daphne usually puts her post up about 10:30- 11:30 our time for linking. My pumpkins have done nothing so far but those golden nugget pumpkins sound great – did you grow them seed? If so which seed company? I’m going to have to look out for crystal apple cucumbers – they sound good too.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 16, 2012 at 9:34 pm #

      No- shamefully my golden nugget seeds failed to thrive. These bushes were Bunnings seedlings that I bought having given up on the seeds. I’m going to hand pollinate a few specially though so I can save the seeds and hopefully have them true-to-type.

  3. Jo from the green backyard January 17, 2012 at 7:24 am #

    Oh wow!! So much stuff, all your efforts are paying off. I love those dwarf green beans too!

  4. kitsapFG January 17, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    Very nice harvests. It’s always informative to keep track of the harvests but sometimes it gets in the way of eating and enjoying it straight from the garden.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 17, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      It doesn’t stop me – I just make a mental note, then jot it down once I’m inside again. I probably forget a few things, but that’s OK 🙂
      Thanks for visiting!

  5. Rick January 17, 2012 at 10:39 am #

    Welcome to the Monday harvest report. Your right, reporting each week will help you keep a handle on what you are growing. It sure helps me. Your harvest looks fantastic. All of us Northern Hemisphere gardeners are really jealous right now.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 17, 2012 at 11:15 am #

      Thanks Rick. I remember feeling jealous when you guys were harvesting summer crops too 🙂

  6. Norma Chang January 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    The golden nugget pumpkins look like a summer squash, is it a winter keeper?

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 17, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Norma, I think I need to leave them on the vine a bit longer for them to store well. I’ve been using them quite young, and I suspect they wouldn’t store fabulously that way.

  7. Lynn's SubUrban Garden Diary January 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    Great looking harvest!! I had never heard of the golden nugget pumpkins. Can they be used as pie pumpkins?


    • L from 500m2 in Sydney January 17, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

      Not sure Lynn, but I suspect that their flavour is a little too mild for pie. My Gran (she was American) made a pumpkin chiffon pie that used a pumpkin with a much richer colour.

  8. sydfoodie January 17, 2012 at 9:41 pm #

    So I wonder: have you been keeping track of how much you spent in the garden? I saw golden nugget pumpkins at the local greengrocer for $2.99/kg. have you tried stuffing them and roasting whole?

  9. L from 500m2 in Sydney January 17, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    I might start keeping track, but it wasn’t in my best interest to count last year. I might have had to spend less!

    The problem with seasonal produce is that you can buy the same thing you are growing sooo cheaply from the greengrocer. For all my effort it seems I’ve produced less than $50 worth of pumpkins, and that’s the real success of the season… They are organic though, so maybe more.

    I stuffed and roasted some last year (when I bought them). Should do it again.


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