Harvest Monday – 16 July 2012

16 Jul

Another week of winter gone and we creep further and further towards spring. It actually feels like it is almost here – this week we have almost continuous sunshine forecast, and today we reached 20 degrees celcius.

This week was another pleasing one for harvests.

The kids with Tuesday’s pickings

I’ll start with my gloat about tomatoes.

2.4 kilograms of tomatoes

I picked 2.4 kilos of usable tomatoes this week. There were plenty more with bug (or something else) damage that went to the chooks. I picked 1.5 kilos yesterday alone, and I reckon if I can harvest 1.5 kilos in the dead middle of winter, then maybe I’ll need to declare them a winter crop in my garden, well away from summer when the fruit fly make me cry.

I actually gave most of them away. I’m seriously considering bottling them seeing as I’ve just run out of the tomatoes I bottled over summer.

270g (4) Apples and 250g (3 stalks) Rhubarb

I picked the last 4 of my apples on Tuesday. I used them along with 250g rhubarb in an apple and rhubarb crumble.

255g Swede (trimmed weight)

Used in minestrone

9 Carrots

Used in minestrone and and Liz’s Caldo Verde.

2 bunches Coriander

Used in a salad and gave one bunch to a friend.

2 Daikon

These are getting really long now, although occasionally I hit one that is shorter and fatter. I gave these ones away to a friend.

1 Chilli

This is the first ‘Tobago Seasoning’ chilli from a plant I grew from seed. It is mild when de-seeded, and hot (but not excessively so) with the seeds left in. I grew these with the intention of stuffing them with marscapone like the type you see in delis, but it was really slow to grow. Now the plant is loaded with small fruit in the dread of winter. I’ll transplant the plant back into the garden bed once the weather warms up and hopefully I’ll have a bumper crop over the summer.

4 sticks of Celery and 260g Kale

Used in the minestrone and the Caldo Verde.

A bowlful of Popping Cress and Wild Rocket (Wild Arugula)

Used in a weed salad I made yesterday.

3 stalks Silverbeet

Used in a warm roasted vegetable, chorizo and silverbeet salad with a spicy thyme and sumac dressing.

2 Bay leaves

In the Caldo Verde.

For more harvests from around the world, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.

16 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 16 July 2012”

  1. maryhysong July 17, 2012 at 12:24 am #

    What a great harvest! Can’t believe you are picking tomatoes in your winter; it’s summer here and I don’t have enough to do a canner run!

  2. Daphne July 17, 2012 at 3:41 am #

    Beautiful harvests. I really need to pick and freeze some rhubarb for winter. For some reason I haven’t been wanting to eat it right now, but I know I will.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      I should really fertilize mine. I don’t think I need to worry about preserving it because it doesn’t seem to have died down over winter.

  3. Frogdancer July 17, 2012 at 6:29 am #

    That kale looks healthy!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 17, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 A lovely friend gave me the seedlings, and I had never tried it before this week. I’m glad she did, because it is growing happily in almost full shade.

  4. Louise July 17, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    I am seriously impressed with your ‘winter’ tomato growing. It’s very impressive – a real benefit of frost-free Sydney.

    The weather is really glorious lately isn’t it?

    What’s your tip on planting soy beans? I have had a lot of trouble raising them in past years. Do you plant direct or raise in punnets?

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm #

      You need to give these ones a go. I sowed in late February for a mid-winter harvest. The weather has been stunning. I hope it continues, because I hate rainy winter days.

      Last November I planted edamame directly in blocks – 2 square metres of it at maybe 25cm spacings. I didn’t stake any of them, and those 2 metres produced 7.5 kilos of pods. So if you grow it in full sun like I did, you really don’t need to devote much space for a huge yield.

      My main tips would be:
      – Full sun
      – Don’t sow too early or late, it needs a long warm growing season. Too early and they will be stunted by early cold and too late and they won’t mature before the weather cools. I would aim for an October sowing.
      – Don’t harvest too late or the beans will get tough

  5. Adventures in Agriburbia July 17, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Wonderful harvest. Your kids are soon cute!

  6. Rick July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    Tomatoes in winter, now that just not fair! All I can grow in the winter in our garden is ice cubes!!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Yes, I know we are really fortunate here. But a wise woman once told me that my winter tomatoes are compensation for fruit fly in the Summer (that targets my apples, citrus, stonefruit, tomatoes, capsicums and eggplants).

  7. Liz July 17, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    20 must have been lovely – we are about stuck at about 16 at the moment but at least its sunny. What did you think of the Caldo Verde? I like the look of Tobago Seasoning. Would you like to do a chilli seed exchange?

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 17, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

      I loved it and so did the kids. P thought that the chorizo was a bit of a weird match, but surely chorizo goes with anything?!
      Totally up for a chilli seed exchange. I saved seed from that exact fruit, so I’m all set. I’ll email you.

  8. Michelle July 18, 2012 at 12:23 am #

    Tomatoes in winter, you’re killing me! I can barely get mine to produce in summer. What great good fortune. I love those mild chinense peppers, they have such an amazing aromatic flavor. I’m hoping that my Pimenta Biquinho peppers will produce something for me this year, most likely round about the beginning of winter, those babies do tend to be late.

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