Harvest Monday – 30th July 2012

30 Jul

Another great week – I’m very pleased. I’m getting concerned though about the space still occupied by winter crops and when I’m going to have time for soil amendment before the summer plantings go in. So I’m ramping up the harvesting and plan to sow my summer seeds in trays this week.

1 wombok (1.4 kilograms)

Although these are slug magnets I was happy with how much I actually got to keep from this wombok once I stripped away the munched-on leaves. This wombok is destined for kim chi.

2.5 kilograms tomatoes

I didn’t photograph the tomatoes this week, but I picked another large bowlful, which was 2.5 kilos. I have been giving a lot away and still have plenty more for eating fresh and cooking. Last night I put some on pizza.

1 Cauliflower

Like Liz, my cauliflower has been a bit disappointing. I was sad to see that the heads were loosening before reaching a decent size, until I went through my records this evening and realised that I planted ‘mini cauliflower’. That explains it! This one at the right went to my friend Karen, who came around on Friday and helped me weed and mulch. It was fun.

4 Turnips and 1 Swede

The root vegetables are reaching harvestable size faster than I can actually use them. My friends Sarah and Aaron took some today.

5 Rainbow Silverbeet leaves and a Small handful Tuscan Kale

Sarah took these for her dinner tonight.

4 Daikon

The daikon is seriously nuts! It is growing out of control, and J was using it over the weekend as a prop for olympics-inspired roll play with her Nan.

Here she is doing daikon weightlifting. We also had hurdles, javelin, pole vault, hammer throw and a ‘torch’ relay. We concluded that daikon is definitely a track and field vegetable.

800g peas

We harvested the first of the shelling peas this week.  They are wonderfully sweet – the kids would far prefer these to lollies. A little over 800g of pods yielded approximately 250g of peas. Well I think there was about 250g. There was 230g once the kids had finished shelling them, and Little D spent most of the time eating them. Maybe there was more than 250g…

3 Green Onions

Now this is really dumb, but it has only just occurred to me this week that you can plant bulbing onions and harvest them early as green/spring onions/shallots. I know it’s obvious, but I’ve always had difficulty growing the ‘shallot’ type, but never any trouble with the standard brown onion. I’ve been harvesting them early as green onions, and I don’t think I’ll look back from now on.

8 Carrots

I’m harvesting carrots a little faster than they are growing at the moment I think. These baby ones went into a bacon and spring vegetable risotto along with the peas and green onions. It was really delicious – both the peas and the carrots are so sweet that you are constantly getting bursts of sugar explode in your mouth as you eat it. What a treat!

I hope everyone else is reaping a great harvest this week. For some inspiring summer crops head over to Daphne’s Dandelions.


20 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 30th July 2012”

  1. Louise July 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm #

    Crikey what a daikon! And such a nice wombok.

  2. Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) July 30, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

    What wonderful harvests this week! That daikon is incredible!!! Now, I can honestly say I have never heard of a wombok before! I must investigate…

  3. kitsapFG July 30, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Who knew that Daikon radishes are an Olympic champion?! LOL! Sounds like you had a great harvest this week and enjoyed having some help with the harvesting and surplus. Nice!

  4. diary of a tomato July 31, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    You must have some terrific soil and growing conditions there to produce such super-sized daikon and cabbage! I’ve never seen it referred this way, why is it called a wombok?

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 31, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      My friend commented in a previous post that “its Cantonese name is Wong Ngaa Baak, literally yellow toothed white, which has been corrupted to Wombok in Australia.” you may know it as Napa cabbage.

      • Jean July 31, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

        Chinese cabbage also grows a lot bigger – taller and sometimes wider – than a normal round-headed cabbage. It’s open at the top rather than folded over, so it tends to be more oblong than round when you harvest it. Not to disparage L’s industrious care of her soil, though!

  5. crafty_cristy July 31, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Totally love your Olympic Daikon and your beautiful daughter modeling it. 🙂

  6. zentMRS July 31, 2012 at 5:50 am #

    Yum! It gives me hope for a great winter garden!

  7. Daphne July 31, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    Beautiful harvests. And that is one huge diakon.

  8. Rick July 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    A very nice harvest, especially for the winter time. I’d love to know more about diakon. I’ve never grow it before. What is it like? What conditions does it grow best in?

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm #

      I can’t say I’m an expert Rick. I treat it like any other radish, but ensure the soil is deeply tilled because they get so long.

  9. maryhysong July 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    wow that daikon is huge! How long do they take to grow that big? Fantastic looking harvest!

  10. Lisa July 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    Your daikon olympics make me smile!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 31, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

      Thanks Lisa 🙂 My mum was laughing so hard too! I have many photos but decided to spare mum the embarrassment of having her crazy photos plastered over the interwebz ;P

  11. Liz July 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm #

    I do like your Daikon, someone just sent me some seed, so I can have my own javellins soon. Nice turnips too – are they good to cook with, should I grow them??

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney July 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm #

      I can’t say I’m a massive turnip eater, but these are good and fast growing. A great thing to fill a short gap between plantings.

  12. Michelle August 1, 2012 at 12:37 am #

    How fun, daikon lifting! I never knew it was such a versatile vegetable.

  13. Barbie August 2, 2012 at 5:25 am #

    I have to LMBO at your daikon sports. I do think T& F are best for the things, they are whoppers!


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