Harvest Monday – 16th April 2012

16 Apr

We were away for Easter last Monday, and probably a good thing too – I’m not harvesting much at the moment.

4 Stalks of Celery

I have a steady supply of celery that I use as needed – I’ve harvested several stalks this week. They go well with the carrots I still have stored in the fridge from the great garden clear-out. I can’t wait until the new batch come to maturity, because I’m going through the carrots quickly.

420g Green dwarf beans

The new patch of dwarf beans are in full production now – I started picking during the week.  My friend Sarah and her husband came round for dinner and she picked 370grams for me to cook tonight. The image on the left is from earlier in the year, but the beans look the same, in about the same quantity.

I pulled out the previous batch after the pest control incident, and they were still quite heavily loaded with pods – such a shame to waste. I think green beans and celery may need to fill the gap between now and winter veggies. I probably need to get some more asian greens in too.

2 Capsicum

The majority of the capsicums have been rotting as they turn red. I think it is fruit fly again. Hopefully the weather is sufficiently cool now that the remaining fruit will escape. I may need to start harvesting green from this point onwards. This week I harvested one red one that I needed to peel because it got covered in white oil that I was spraying on the lemon tree foliage. Maybe that’s why it escaped the fruit fly, but the oily coating wasn’t going to taste very nice. I used it in a stir fry on Saturday night.

6 Chillies

J volunteered to pick the ripe chillies. She did a good job of stripping the plant, but I haven’t seen them since. I assume she didn’t eat 6 bird’s eye chillies, so they must be hidden somewhere around the house.

30 Eggs

To be honest I lost count of the egg tally this week. It actually covered close 2 weeks production though, because we collected the eggs after Easter that had been laid while we were away. We certainly haven’t hit full capacity – between 3 and 4 eggs per day on average – and we are eating them as fast as they come in.

I hope everyone else is enjoying bumper crops, particularly those in the Northern hemisphere who have just come out of Winter. Head over the Daphne’s blog to read about harvests all over the world this week.

10 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 16th April 2012”

  1. Sustainably Modern April 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    Everything looks yummy. I hope you have better luck with your peppers going forward.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 18, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      Thank you 🙂 But it’s so cold and wet this week that I just want to eat meat and potatoes!

  2. Daphne April 17, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    Thoe green beans look delicious. I can’t wait for mine. But I have to have patience. The peas come first and the won’t be here for at least a month and probably more. I bought some green beans from the store the other day and they just weren’t the same.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 18, 2012 at 9:59 am #

      I’m not sure how good your supermarkets are Daphne, but ours seem to be woeful with fresh produce. Things that cold store seem to be OK, but green beans are something that I never buy because they are frequently blotchy brown and limp. Why would I pay money for that?
      I hope your peas hurry up for you and you get fresh pods soon.

  3. maryhysong April 17, 2012 at 12:27 am #

    haven’t got beans yet, but soon I hope. Hope your peppers do better! We don’t have fruit flies that bother things growing, but peppers and tomatoes tend to get blossom end rot from lack of calcium

  4. Barbie April 17, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    I almost never get a red pepper here, except hot peppers. They always tend to start rotting if I leave them on the plant. I’d rather eat green than none! LOL.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 18, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      I agree Barbie! But I will keep trying – the red ones are so much more palatable for the kids.

  5. Liz April 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    Some of my capsicums have been doing that too. I don’t think it is fruit fly for me though as the tomatoes seem fine. I reckon capsicums are quite hard to grow. Chillies I never have problems with but capsicums quite often don’t quite work for me.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney April 18, 2012 at 9:56 am #

      Wow, it’s interesting that everyone seems to have troubles with red capsicum. I know that at least some of my rotting is from fruit fly because I cut the first one open, but after that I kinda just assumed. I’m going to have to try harder next year!

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