Harvest Monday – April 30th 2012

30 Apr

Another light week harvest-wise. A have a few things that are close to harvest, but still quite a bit that is a long way off.

1.6kg Dwarf Bush Beans

The bush beans probably hit maximum production this week. I harvested 1.6kg of them, which is more than even I can use but I was afraid that production would slow if I didn’t keep picking. I plan to make a version of my favourite (extremely bogan) side dish with some of these, but the rest I gave away to friends.

330g kipfler potatoes

These were the under-whelming yield from a potato growing bag that I turned out today. The better ones are on the top. The sadder looking ones I hid underneath in the picture above.

1 bunch of Celery

I harvested a whole bunch of celery this week from my celery forest. I made some cream of celery soup with it on Thursday night. I’d forgotten how delicious cream of celery soup can be.

Iceberg lettuce

I’ve been cheekily stealing the outer leaves of the young iceberg lettuce for sandwiches and hoping that it won’t stop it forming heads. I guess we’ll see.

1 Strawberry

I’ve found that some of my strawberry plants are fruiting again. I noticed an almost ripe one this morning and couldn’t resist eating it. I’ll probably get a few more before the cold weather stops them in their tracks.

Next week I’m really hoping that some of my passionfruit will have ripened. They seem to be taking forever.

For more harvests across the world, visit Daphne’s

12 Responses to “Harvest Monday – April 30th 2012”

  1. sarahskitchenadventures April 30, 2012 at 11:07 pm #

    The beans are deeelicious! I put a handful in my chicken, broccoli and almond stir fry for dinner. I can’t wait until ours start producing.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney May 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      I just hope they keep going for a while. They probably don’t like winter very much, so it might be a short season for this planting.

  2. Daphne May 1, 2012 at 12:33 am #

    Those beans look perfect. Beans are so long off in my garden. I’ve got to have patience. The peas come first.

  3. Barbie May 1, 2012 at 6:23 am #

    Hey, beans and taters make great accompanyments. They look perfect together – even if hiding the lessers underneath. 😉

  4. Lilian May 1, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    My passionfruit take forever as well. I’ve read that it can take 2 months from fruit forming to actual harvest. The ones I harvested early to avoid Mr Possum’s nightly dining have turned yellow but when I cut into them, they are inedible – all pithy and no pulp. Thankfully there are still some on the vine so I’ll just have to pray that they are spared from his nightly samplings.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney May 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

      Thanks for the tips. It is really great to have a fellow Sydney-sider growing the same variety as me. I haven’t had many issues with possums up until now, but I know they are out there because I’ve seen them on the back deck. Good to know that I can’t get away with harvesting them green!

  5. Barbara Good May 1, 2012 at 9:47 am #

    Wow, 1.6kg of beans, I’m impressed. I froze some of mine (which have long been gone from my garden) when they were producing more than we could eat. I popped some in a beef pho last night, so nice to have some of my harvest in the freezer to use over the colder months.

    Potatoes seem to be a finicky vegetable to grow. I got over 5kg from the four seed potatoes I planted, but others seem to get much smaller harvests even when growing in the same or similar ways. I was considering getting some grow bags for next year so I could squeeze a few more things into the garden, but I can’t say I’ve read great things about them.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney May 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm #

      The bags really are hit and miss, but it probably depends on the quality of the soil and the time of year. These really didn’t get much attention!

  6. Kate May 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Congratulations on such wonderful harvests from your urban backyard.

  7. Liz May 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    How many bean plants do you have? You always get a great harvest. I find that summer grown spuds don’t yield nearly as many as Spring grown ones. Not sure about Autumn & Winter ones – i have some growing at the moment so I should find out soon. i didn’t think bogans ate beans. I really hope your going to post on it!!!! The suspense is killing me.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney May 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

      Oh yes Liz, I was thinking about including it in my Tuesday night Vego post tonight, but I think it really deserves a post of its own. It’s a family heirloom recipe!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney May 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

      I went out and counted. There are about 15 plants.

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