Harvest Monday – 26th March 2012

26 Mar

Carrots, cucumber, garlic chives and edamame

The summer crops came out! Everything was looking so bedraggled, so I enlisted help from P and friends over the weekend and stripped most of the beds.

7.5 kilograms (16.5 pounds) Edamame soybeans

We pulled out the edamame soybean plants, and despite it looking like there wasn’t very much, the yield was 7.5 kilograms of pods. I am still halfway through the processing, but I estimate that it will equate to 3.5-4 kilograms of shelled edamame, which will mostly be frozen for use through the year. The kids love them as a snack, and they substitute well whenever normal shelling peas are called for.

1 kilogram of carrots

This carrot patch had been in since I got a free packet of heirloom carrot seeds in last July’s issue of Burke’s Backyard magazine! Most of the multicoloured ones had already been harvested, leaving still quite a number of carrots, some of which were starting to go woody.  P pulled out the lot for me, and although I didn’t weight them before I gave a good portion away, I estimate that there was about 1 kilo in total (root weight only).

2 kilograms tomatoes

It was heartbreaking to pull out the tomatoes, but it was time. Some of these will ripen on the bench, but I suspect that I’ll need to make a green tomato cake or similar with a portion. I’m still very hopeful for my winter tomatoes, which are looking promising right down the other side of the front bed.

400g eggplant

The remaining fruits came off before pulling out the plants. I left one plant in because it still looks healthy and productive, but the rest were on their way out.

2 bunches garlic chives

I have too much of this for our requirements, so these whole bunches came out.

200g green beans

My old faithfuls are slow now, and the 2oog included some more lazy wife beans from the side garden. The next crop of dwarf beans looks really good – should start picking next week.

1 cucumber

Last ‘double yield’ cucumber as the plant came out. There is still a lebanese one on the other plant around the side of the house, which I’ll save for next week.

Many handfuls of basil

I used quite a bit of basil over the weekend. I need to pull out my massive bush before it starts to die off, but I don’t have the energy tomake that much pesto at the moment. Maybe later this week.

9 eggs

2 eggs on several days, then none at all yesterday.

Bunch of wild rocket (arugula)

I love this stuff – it’s perennial and it grows like a weed because it is one! It is great to add to salads, and because it doesn’t bolt like lettuce I always have it on hand.

1 long green chilli

I pulled out all the chillies/capsicums and put them into pots. I’ve heard that they are more productive in their second year if you can keep them alive over winter, so that’s my plan.  I pulled off the long thai chilli still sitting on one of the plants, and I hope it will be more productive next year, because that was the only fruit the plant produced! To be fair though it was smothered by corn and soybeans, so received practically no sunlight.

1 Rhizome of ginger

Into dinner tonight. The ginger is still very small and I probably didn’t give it long enough in the ground. I might overwinter the remainder and give it a better chance for next year.

Sorry for the lack of photos this week again. For more harvests from across the world, go visit Daphne’s blog.

17 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 26th March 2012”

  1. Liz March 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    You have been busy…or shoudl that be brutal. I’ve pulled most of my beans too, and most but not all of the tomatoes. My eggplants have only just started producing though. Cucumbers have finished and I should pull them but haven’t yet. Fabulous amount of edamame – I will have to try it this year although I suspect we will be too cold. I think that ginger puts on something of a rhizome growth spurt in mid to late Autumn, early winter so I wouldn’t rule out an early winter harvest of some at least. What did you think of the multi-coloured carrots -I suspect I’m a die hard carrots should be orange person but I might be persuaded….

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

      Brutal, yes. And I’m mighty sick of shelling edamame.
      Oh dear – sounds like I pulled up the ginger at exactly the wrong time. Might have to go out and replant the bit I pulled tonight – I only used the older growth, not the really young stuff, and I think it’ll bounce back ok.
      The purple carrots are ok, they are only purple on the outside, so once you peel them they look normal. My preference is definitely baby ‘nantes’ carrots though – I planted a new block of them today. I’ll post tomorrow about the bed rejuvenation and replanting.

  2. kitsapfg March 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

    Your end of season clean up harvests are pretty impressive! I always find it sad to start removing summer garden items – knowing it will be a long while before I see and enjoyt hem fresh again. Luckily the fall crops are a good consolation for the loss.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      Oh yes – now I wish I’d been better prepared with some fast growing stuff to keep me going. Grateful for beans though, that’s for sure!

  3. Norma Chang March 26, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    Great harvest. That’s an awfully lot of edamame to shell. Have you tried freezing them in the shell? You have a much longer growing season than I do.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney March 26, 2012 at 11:45 pm #

      I froze the last lot in their pods, but they took up so much space in the freezer! I really only have a very small freezer compartment, so they would take up more than a quarter of my whole space. Hence the shelling, and shelling, and shelling 🙂

  4. crafty_cristy March 27, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    Wow! What a great harvest. I am interested to hear that your ‘Lazy Wife’ beans are doing so well for you. I have planted some, and hope they do well for me.

  5. maryhysong March 27, 2012 at 2:05 am #

    wow that’s a lot of edamame! I tried growing it once a few years ago, but it didn’t do very well at all. I’m going to read up on it and figure out what I did wrong before I try again. Great harvests!

  6. Kate March 27, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Great end of season harvest.

  7. Daphne March 27, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    That is one nice harvest. Especially those edamame. It’s making me dream of summer.

  8. Jennie March 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    busy busy busy, beautiful harvest! I loved growing edamame last summer. Looks like you had a great season!

  9. Gardenglut March 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm #

    What a haul! That is incredible. I am so envious of your Edamame. Well done.

  10. Andrea March 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Great Autumn harvest , always rewarding cleaning up the beds ready for the next crops to sow.

  11. Barbie March 28, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    😀 Great harvest. My edamame are soon to go in, but my carrots will be coming out soon as well. No eggs? Did your chickens go afoul? *snicker*


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