Harvest Monday – 10th and 17th September 2012

17 Sep

I was out of action last week, so exhausted by toilet training a 2 year old that all I could do was sit on a couch and stare at the wall. So today I need to cover 2 weeks of harvests.

17 Asparagus

The asparagus has been regular but I need to stop cutting it soon because the crowns are still fairly young. I’m having difficulty controlling myself because it’s so delicious.

The asparagus has gone into many dishes, such as grilled with a hot breaksfast, chicken and asparagus risotto, and a fritatta I made for lunch today.

Most of the spears have been of average size, but the purple asparagus crown (more established than the others) has been producing monster spears.

4 Spring Onions

Spring onions are picked on demand and used on a moment’s notice. I’m absolutely loving having them in the garden. They are starting to look quite fat, and hope that they will eventually form bulbs.

A few bowlfuls of tuscan kale

The kale is lovely. My 2 plants are bolting now, and I’m letting the largest one flower so I can save seed from it. I’m harvesting from the little plant freely – the flower heads are particularly delicious.

1.5 kilograms silverbeet

I have harvested a monster amount of silverbeet this week. I made a double batch of mushroom and silverbeet lasagne as recommended by Barbara, but I made mine much higher fat that she did.

1 cabbage

The cabbage weighed a bit over a kilo after was stripped of outer leaves and its slug population. I used it in a very ordinary batch of okonomiyaki.

2 celery sticks

Celery is another crop that I love to just pop out and cut when needed. Today I harvested a stick to cut up to dip in some french onion dip that I made (from real onions!)

Bay leaf

Went into a cauliflower soup – here’s a tip for young players – remove the bay leaf before blending the soup. D’oh! More fibre I guess.

Lots of mixed salad leaves + coriander

I have quite a bit of salad green in the garden at the moment. I harvested quite a bit of green oak lettuce, some baby spinach and some tatsoi. I made a caesar-ish salad on Sunday and I also made some fish tacos last week with some coriander.

1 tomato

The last stupice tomato plant is starting to produce. I used a tomato in the caeser salad.

1 Mulberry

The mulberries are just starting to ripen, and the crop is enormous for such a little tree. I picked the first fruit and then lost it somewhere. I hope I didn’t put it in a pocket or something!

2 Strawberries

The first of the strawberries are on the smaller side, but taste good!

Large bowl baby beets

I harvested these and roasted them for a warm pasta dish of fetta, beetroot leaves and pine nuts.

Well that’s all for my fortnight. I hope everyone else’s gardens have been productive. I’m sure Daphne has been busy this week too – if you have a chance, head over and see what other people have been picking from their gardens right across the world.

14 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 10th and 17th September 2012”

  1. Barbara Good September 17, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Love it, what a great harvest. Hope you enjoyed the lasange. I made mine with more fat than the original recipe so that gives you an idea on just how low fat it was. But as neither Mr Good or I particularly like the traditional bechamel sauce, this very simple white sauce kind of suited us. The frittata looks amazing, I love asparagus too, as it appears does Spider Man!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney September 18, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      What’s the point of low fat lasagne, hey? I made the white sauce into bechamel and used particularly meaty mushrooms. It was a great way to use a large quantity of silverbeet – thanks for the recipe.
      Spiderman took a lot of convincing to hold the asparagus, let me tell you!

  2. kitsapFG September 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    What great harvests to share. I always have to remove an army of slugs from the outer wrapper leaves of cabbage. I think slugs are my biggest crop in the garden sometimes. LOL!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney September 18, 2012 at 8:59 am #

      Haha-me too! But strangely I have never seen a single snail. I’ve seen them at neighbours’ places, but never once here. Totally weird!

  3. Sustainably Modern September 18, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    You’ve got some great harvests there. Every time I see someone harvesting asparagus, I sqeaul..ASPARAGUS! I love them as well. I haven’t planted any yet because we are planning to move before they would start to produce. So I am still several years away from growing my own. But I stock up when they are in season :).

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney September 18, 2012 at 9:03 am #

      Mine has established much faster than the book suggests it should, so shouldn’t take too long once you’re settled.

  4. Daphne September 18, 2012 at 7:30 am #

    Next spring is year two for my asparagus. I’m going to have trouble controlling myself too. It is such a wonderful veggie but so fleeting.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney September 18, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      You are going to have a monster harvest once it’s ready Daphne. You planted loads in comparison to my measly 5 crowns. I look forward to seeing future harvests from you.

  5. zentMRS September 18, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Love that asparagus! Beautiful!

  6. Liz September 18, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    Fish tacos sound delicious – do you buy the breads (are they breads?)

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney September 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

      The corn tortillas were commercial ones. My Father in law was given a large supply by someone at work, so donated them to us. I’d heard of fish tacos before but had never tried them. Pretty sure these weren’t traditional, but tasty nonetheless.

  7. Michelle September 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

    Ooh, so many good things coming out of your garden! I wish I had a spot for asparagus in my garden, but it just isn’t going to happen. I would have to build an armor plated raised bed to keep the gophers out, which is about what I’ve done for most of the veggie garden, but enough is enough… Fortunately, I can get some truly sweet and fresh asparagus in season at the farmer’s market.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney September 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      Oh just when I’m feeling sorry for myself over seemingly-insurmountable pest issues someone comes along with a worse problem! I am very thankful that Australia has go gophers. I’m amazed at your persistence – I can’t imagine having the determination to gopher-proof a garden bed.

  8. Louise September 18, 2012 at 10:02 pm #

    Love the asparagus spear that makes a child look small, just fabulous. I want to eat that asparagus dish!

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