Harvest Monday – 5th March 2012

5 Mar

I’ve been dreadful at taking photos this week, so unfortunately you are going to have to use your imagination a lot in this post. My harvest is also down a lot from last week. We have had a lot of rain and I haven’t been spending as much time outside as usual.

500g Dwarf Green Beans

Still going, and my star performer. The new crop is up and going strong, so surprisingly I may not have a gap between crops like I was expecting.

6 Carrots

These are looking a little woody now – it is probably 6 months since sowing, and a little long in the tooth. I have a few other carrot patches here and there, but I really should sow some more in full sun, where they really thrive.

700g Lebanese Eggplant

Another 700g this week! My friend Sarah took a good portion of these and the rest will become babaganoush for my sister in law’s baby shower.

2 Beetroot and a handful of parsley

Used in a seared tuna salad during the week.

500g tomatoes

Still feeding more to the chooks than we are eating ourselves, but I think we got about 500g of salvageable fruit.

300g Kipfler Potatoes

I emptied a potato growing bag today, and I got a disappointing crop of 300g (approx). I didn’t weigh it, so maybe it was slightly more. That bag was filled with purely potting mix with no enrichment at all, so I’ve learned my lesson – potatoes actually need a bit of nitrogen!

2 Lebanese Cucumbers

These have had a resurgence with all the rain. They have out on new growth and are looking really good now.

1/2 cup of Mint

I used this in a dairy-free dessert tonight. It was Choc-Mint pudding, and I steeped the mint in hot soy milk to infuse the flavour, then made the pudding according to this recipe. I used dairy-free chocolate and soy milk instead of regular chocolate and milk.

4 Eggs

I’ve come to the conclusion that I only have 1 laying hen because I haven’t had a single day with 2 eggs. Hopefully the rest of the girls will start before winter. The size of the eggs has been much smaller than the first week, but today’s egg was a whopper – 64 grams (2.26 ounces).

1 Fig

This was the last of my figs. Hopefully next year I will get enough to make something substantial, but this year we just ate them fresh.

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13 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 5th March 2012”

  1. Norma Chang March 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    That’s quite a bit of harvest. Your beet greens look tender and delicious.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 6, 2012 at 8:56 pm #

      Yes Norma, they were. I love them, and I can’t believe so many people throw them away!

  2. Daphne March 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    What a great harvest. And yum chocolate mint pudding sounds delicious.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Thanks Daphne. I was really surprised at the effectiveness of fresh mint steeped in milk that way. I think I’ll do that in future instead of using mint essence. Who knows what is in that little bottle!

  3. kitsapfg March 6, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    I would love to share in some of the tomato harvest. It’s been a long time now for us without tomatoes and will be many more months yet before the garden starts producing tomatoes again. I miss fresh ripe tomatoes.

    Great harvests this week!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 6, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Oh, I would miss them too! It’s certainly been a dud tomato year, but I’l still grateful for a few here and there.

  4. Barbie March 6, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    A wonderful harvest- and the pictures you do have are fabulous! Hope your hens are all laying sooN!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 6, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      Thanks Barbie. I keep sending the 4 year old out to have words with them, but I’m still waiting 🙂

  5. maryhysong March 6, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    Lovely harvests! Potatoes actually use as much nitrogen as they do potash, according to my Vegetable Growers Handbook (for commercial farmers).

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm #

      The potatoes in potting mix was definitely a bit of an experiment. I’ll definitely add some more enrichment next time.

  6. Liz March 6, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    I find potatoes are quite heavy feeders. Did the potting mix have any fertiliser in it at all? As you probably know some do and some don’t – I usually buy ones without and then add my own slow release fertiliser so that I know that the fertiliser is relatively fresh. Sometimes in the ready mixed bags the fertiliser is really old anyway so doesn’t really help the plants. I also give my spuds the occasional (about monthly) dose of fish emulsion which I think helps too.

  7. L from 500m2 in Sydney March 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Thanks for your wisdom Liz. I was trying to avoid expensive options seeing as potatoes are so cheap to buy anyway, and a bit of slow release fertiliser plus fish emulsion doesn’t sound too painful. The last batch I planted in pure ‘cow and compost’ mix, so it will be interesting to compare.

  8. Lynns SubUrban Garden Diary March 9, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Sounds like a wonderful harvest!


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