Harvest Monday – 6th August 2012

6 Aug

Another good week. We’ve had cool temperatures but mostly sunny days and the garden is very quickly waking from its winter slumber.

A couple of blueberries

I mostly fail to mention my blueberries in these posts but I’ve been harvesting at least a couple per week. They get munched as a snack whenever I wander in the garden. These were the berries that were already on the Misty blueberry plant when it arrived by mail order from Daley’s in Kyogle. It clearly wasn’t expecting to be shipped so far south because it’s setting fruit again now.

5 Passionfruit

Over the weekend I put P to work pruning the passionfruit back. Passionfruit vines fruit on new growth, so pruning significantly should (theoretically) increase your yield. I’ve read that cutting back by a third is the general aim, but I think we might have gone slightly overboard.

Before and after the prune

1 Swede and 2 Turnips

I harvested these along with some carrots to contribute to a roast dinner at my sister’s place. I really adore root vegetables, particularly at this time of year.

Approximately 500g Shelling Peas (Greenfeast)

The kids have picking peas as a snack whenever they go outside. The ones in the photo above were just snacks. Tonight we picked a more substantial batch that went along with some carrots and potatoes in a meal of corned beef.

All the veggies in this (tonight’s) meal were in the garden the hour before.

500g New Potatoes and 1 kilogram Dutch Carrots

The potatoes were from one grow bag – a pretty disappointing yield, but tasty nonetheless. The carrots went with the beef and also to my sister’s roast pork meal.

1 Stick Celery

The celery is wonderful at this time of year. This grows in almost total shade, yet thrives in winter because the soil stays moist. In summer the soil dries out and the stalks get hollow, but now the stalks are lovely, fat and juicy. This stalk went into the boiling water for the corned beef (seems a bit of a waste).

A bowl of Baby Spinach

The spinach is still really small, but I managed to harvest a bowlful of baby leaves for some eggs benedict for lunch today.


11 Daikon (approx 5 kilograms)

I took some daikon along to playgroup for the Japanese mothers. They loved it, but it was a bit awkward when the Indian mothers expressed interest too. I didn’t realise that they are used in Indian cookery. I had a great discussion with one of the mums about Indian vegetables, so now I have a list of new things to try. It’s great how food connects people, isn’t it?

These daikon in the picture were smaller ones that I gave to my friend Yukari – she uses daikon regularly and I can’t possibly use all that I have grown.

The daikon I used this week went into a batch of kim chi and a batch of Japanese pickled daikon (takuan).

1 Bunch of Silverbeet

The silverbeet is lush and wonderful – much more than I can use. I gave this bunch away, and Sarah took some more today.

1.5 kilograms Tomatoes

The tomatoes are slowing considerably. There won’t be much more from these plants now, but they have been fantastic.

1 Bay Leaf

Into the corned beef

1/2 cup Parsley

In the parsley sauce on the corned beef

330g Rhubarb

I forgot to include this last week. It is being used for something exciting that I’ll feature in a future post.

That’s all for this week. Head on over to Daphnes’s Dandelions for more great harvests from around the world.

20 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 6th August 2012”

  1. Daphne August 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Your food photos are making me drool. I so love eggs Benedict, but have never made them for myself at home.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 6, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

      It’s eggs, eggs and more eggs round here. The chickens have just started laying at full speed again after slowing over winter.

  2. Robyn August 6, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I missed eggs benedict for lunch? BUMMER!

    • sarahskitchenadventures August 6, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      We tried very hard to ruin the hollandaise sauce!

      • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

        You wouldn’t know it from the photo though, hey!

        Anyone who has split a hollandaise sauce – you can save it by sitting the bowl of sauce in ice water, adding a tiny bit of ice water to the sauce and whisking. Comes right back from the dead!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

      Don’t worry – easily repeated ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. kitsapfg August 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm #

    The eggs benedict with baby spinach looks so yum! You are getting some nice root crop harvests this week.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

      Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’m near the end of the root crops – I need space for spring.

  4. crafty_cristy August 7, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    I love the story about the daikon and the Indian women wanting some, too. I love that you came away with new things to try. So cool!

    Great harvests.

    I think the Passion Fruit vine will be fine. They are tough. I had no idea that they fruit on new growth. I’ll have to remember that in the winter here.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 7, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

      Good to know. I’m just glad to have some of my backyard back because it had grown so big ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. zentMRS August 7, 2012 at 7:32 am #

    Fabulous harvest this week – looks like winter is definitely looking good for you!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

      Thanks – although I’d probably trade a good portion of it it for some of your corn!

  6. Frogdancer August 7, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    You’ve done so well… I really need to get out into my garden and make things happen.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 7, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

      Thanks FD. Most of this grew itself – I’ve hardly been outside all winter due to the baby and the cold.

  7. Louise August 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    That’s an incredible haul! Nice to pull veggies and eat them more or less straight away isnt it!

  8. Liz August 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    Very nice work – I find that later winter planted potatoes produce the best yields – for me anyway. I get quite variable results the rest of the time. When did you plant those?

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney August 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

      To be honest Liz I can’t remember. My guess would be January or February. I’ve planted potatoes properly this week in a raised bed, so hopefully I will have a better yield.

  9. Barbara Good August 12, 2012 at 9:27 am #

    How do you do it L? That is the most incredible winter harvest, quite aside from the tomatoes which I have no hope of growing at this time of year. And this with a new baby and two other little ones!

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