Harvest Monday – 19th March 2012

19 Mar
Like me (in my third trimester), it’s slowing down in the garden again this week. I hoped to harvest the second crop of edamame soybeans, but it didn’t quite happen.
 
The tomatoes are almost finished and I’m keen now to get the front bed stripped out because the brassica seedings are ready and I want to get the shelling peas and root vegetables sown soon.
 
1kg tomatoes
I’m finally getting some joy with the tomatoes. I’m keeping more than I’m giving to the chickens thanks to the fruit fly exclusion bags. A follow-up crop of black cherry tomatoes is just starting to produce too, so there’s a mixture of Black Cherries, Grosse Lisse, Brandywine and Rouge de Marmande. My real regret has been the failure of my San Marzano crop, which I would loved to have bottled.
 
I used these in a curry, on sandwiches and in a tomato salad on Saturday night.
 
I have recently transplanted the winter tomato seedlings (Stupice) into the garden bed, so I hope with a bit of care that these will provide me with tomatoes through winter, when hopefully I won’t have to contend with fruit fly.
 
1 handful of oregano
Some of the strong, flowering leaves in the tomato salad.
 
4 Cucumbers
2 Lebanese and 2 Double Yield. More bread and butter cucumbers – I can’t get enough!
 
3 Carrots
Shredded into some okonomiyaki on Thursday night.
 
A few mulberries
Picked off and eaten as I (and a few others) wandered the garden.
 
8 Eggs
We have a second chicken laying! Not sure which one yet, but on Saturday we got 2 eggs instead of our reliable 1, and the second was quite a bit smaller and very pale. I’ll have to keep my eye out for who’s responsible. The photo above is of J with our definite layer – she and the other cross-breed are truly the most patient hens. J man-handles them like this several times a day, and they never get sick of it, or even try to run away. They just patiently let her pick them up, and even seem to enjoy the company. The pure-breds on the other hand are terrified of her.
 
4 Beetroot
I’ve run out of pickled beetroot and desperate for another batch. I’ll try to track down a few more in the back garden tomorrow to make up enough for a batch.
200g green beans
Some from the bush beans, and a small handful from the self-seeded lazy housewifes. The next crop of dwarf beans is coming close to production now.
 
1 piece new ginger
I realised that I had run out of ginger when I was cooking a recipe this week. Rather than resorting to the powdered stuff I thought I’d ferret around and see if my plants has actually produced any rhizomes. Not a particularly impressive result in the almost-full-shade location, but easily enough for my recipe. As a bonus, the rhisome was split into 3 other very easily divisible plants. I took the opportunity to split these and relocate to somewhere more favourable.
 
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19 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 19th March 2012”

  1. Liz March 19, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    How do you pickle your beetroot. I like my recipe but don’t love it so need a recommendation. Pleased for you regarding the tomatoes, I will be very interested to see how your tomato gets on. If it does OK I might give it a try (I know youre warmer but still….)

  2. L from 500m2 in Sydney March 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

    I use Rhonda’s recipe http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/freezing-and-pickling-vegetables.html and I really like it. I also recommended it to Louise from Garden Glut and it converted her from a pickled beetroot hater, so I guess it must be alright…

  3. kitsapfg March 20, 2012 at 12:03 am #

    Love the pic of the J and the chicken. We have two hens that like to be held too. One that tolerates it but is obviously a bit nervous, and a fourth that avoids being caught altogether.

    Good harvest week for you!

  4. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) March 20, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    Great harvest! And…Congrats on your second layer! So exciting! I’m amazed you’re growing ginger! I guess it’s one of those things I never really thought one might actually be able to grow in their yard (I know, I really need to get out more often)! I’ll have to do some investigation…thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Barbie March 20, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    LOVE that picture! ❤ That just has to be the best thing I've seen yet. *teehee* Sounds like your garden is switching gears. Hope that things trasition nicely for you.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

      Thanks Barbie 🙂 I can’t wait to clear out the beds now and start afresh, but don’t want to pull out crops that are still producing.

  6. crafty_cristy March 20, 2012 at 2:37 am #

    What a great picture of your daughter and ‘her’ chicken.

    I saw that you got a small handful of beans from your self seeded Lazy Housewife beans. I have planted them for the first time this year, and I am really excited to try them. Do you like bush beans or pole beans better? I had a terrible time with my bush beans last year and switched to pole beans. I am much happier with them.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      I must admit that I far and away prefer bush beans, but that is because I like the flavour of the small rounded pods in preference to the flatter type. If I could find some rounded ones that climb, then I’d be a happy lady.

  7. Kate March 20, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Such a productive garden you have. Well done. Love the photo of your little girl and her friend. They do make such wonderful pets and you get eggs too. Fits in nicely with permaculture principles I think!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      I really don’t know how people grow food cost-effectively without them Kate. Manure is so expensive in the quantities I use, and if I continued to buy bags of the stuff then I really wouldn’t be saving any money at all for all my efforts. I think I may need to buy a few bags for the winter plantings, but by Spring the girls should have produced enough ‘chook dirt’ in their coop to barrow out and dig into the beds.
      For all the protesting my husband did about them – he’s totally converted now. I think I’m becoming a chicken evangelist – everyone should have at least a couple!

  8. maryhysong March 20, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    Great harvest; I’m going to try a bit of ginger; will have to grow in a pot and be a pampered pet but I want to try like green ginger shoots and stuff I read about…

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      I didn’t know I could cook with the ginger shoots Mary. To think I gave away a delicacy to the chickens!

  9. Gardenglut March 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    What a nice pick for this time of the year! Well done. I am really only picking spring onions, herbs, lemons and limes which is pretty pathetic. I must plan my summer autumn gap better!

    What a lovely chook cuddle photo.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

      I think my gap is coming in winter. I have nothing in yet! I really must must must harvest and sow, because I really am going to be left with *nothing* very soon. I haven’t even ordered garlic!

      • Gardenglut March 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

        Ah but you have a baby soon to harvest! That is some significant produce!

  10. L from 500m2 in Sydney March 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Hehe, I timed that well actually 🙂 Late May onwards is when the garden is at its least demanding. The weeds are slow, not too much to harvest and the chickens should be providing lots of eggs to keep the hungry hoards at bay. My kids can sure get through eggs!

    I’ve been more and more tempted by a finger lime tree after seeing that yours is flowering, but when I went to order one, I see that Daley’s is all sold out. You timed your purchase well!

    • Gardenglut March 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

      Oh what a shame. I took a look at Collete’s baby today and her bud has openend into a very stameny flower. I’ll take a picture tomorrow and post. I am so ridiculously excited about a finger lime it is silly. Just as there have been lots of eggplant pics this summer, I am afraid I might bore people with pictures of maturing finger limes. Oh well, we all have our obsessions.

  11. Norma Chang March 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm #

    The chicken is obviously enjoying being hug. Great harvest.

  12. SubUrban Garden Diary March 26, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    Sounds like a great harvest!

    Lynn

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