Monday Harvest – 28th May, 2012

I’ve been reading about all the amazing harvests other people manage to pick every week and up until now I have been a little intimidated by them, mine never quite seems as diverse.  However, I really want to make the most of the garden over the winter and into the seasons to follow.  In order to do this I thought a record of what I’m picking each week might help.  So for the first time here is this week’s harvest, not heaps, but well used.

 

1. The last cucumber, barely surviving this cold snap and as Mr Good said, the skinniest cuke of all time – tasted good though and was long enough that I could stretch it to two salads, one with the wasabi leaves and another with baby silverbeet leaves.

2. Parsley, lots of parsley for just about every meal.

3. Large silverbeet leaves for a creamed silverbeet side.

 

4. Perhaps the last of the basil, some for a tomato based sauce and the rest for a lovely pesto served simply with pasta and parmesan.

5. Herbs (Thyme, rosemary and more parsley) for a mushroom risotto and mint for the baby silverbeet salad.

I must say it’s all very green, but I guess that’s what this time of year is like in the garden.  I do have a couple things ready for picking this coming week that don’t feature tonight, but there will also be more of the same I imagine.  I also have some unused space in the garden, so will have to think about a few other things to plant – any suggestions?

If you’re interested in seeing what others are picking head over the Daphne’s Dandelions 

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23 Responses to Monday Harvest – 28th May, 2012

  1. Phoebe says:

    I’m often amazed and intimidated by other’s amazing harvests from suburban yards too Barbara!

    I think picking greens from the garden is really uplifting – its constant and so very good for you, with little effort! Go the greens I say!!!

    • Barbara Good says:

      Phoebe you have a wonderful garden, I always feel inspired (and a little jealous) after looking at photos of your garden. And the greens are great for making you feel REALLY healthy aren’t they. Makes me feel less guilty when I tuck into that after dinner slice of cake or slab of chocolate!

  2. Prairie Cat says:

    It is intimidating to see all of those huge harvests, isn’t it? But hey! I once made a post about the single tomato I had harvested one week. It’s all about celebrating the experience. 🙂

    Your harvests look awesome; I love the variety of herbs. The only one I have growing right now is a pot of rosemary… and that has been kind of neglected. Whoops!

    • Barbara Good says:

      A single tomato – that first of the season – is definitely worth celebrating! As for the herbs, most of them are now pretty much independent, I don’t do much other than giving the mint a bit of water during dry spells. I also have sage in a hanging basket which is looking very unwell – I’m not very good at looking after my hanging baskets – so I think I might move it into the other bed and hope it sparks up. Rosemary though is very forgiving, I have a huge bush that gets no attention at all.

  3. Every harvest is a good harvest! Congratulations and welcome to Harvest Monday! 🙂

  4. kitsapfg says:

    That’s a great harvest for your season! Glad you decided to join in the Harvest Monday fun.

  5. Julie says:

    It is amazing how much others harvest from their gardens. Even though it’s intimidating, documenting harvests makes me realize that I get far more from my garden than I thought. You’ll discover the same thing. All these greens add up!

  6. Aw, don’t be intimidated. I love the entire community of bloggers at Daphne’s, and your harvests are just as welcome as anyone else’s.

  7. maryhysong says:

    nice harvests. I for one am very glad summer is here with something to harvest besides greens; I’ve been getting pretty tired of them after months and months. I don’t mind lettuce, I love my daily salads, but I swear I haven’t eaten so much cooked greens in my life as I have the last few months!

  8. Daphne says:

    Hey you can’t beat greens. I love them to death. Much of what I harvest from April thru June is green. I’m not even growing yellow squash, just zucchini. I can’t wait until we warm up enough to get cukes. Oh yum. And green beans. And peas. Green is good.

    • Barbara Good says:

      Your greens harvest was impressive to say the least Daphne! We love cukes here too, but had an awful time with them this year, the snails just kept destroying my seedlings so I had to replant them three times. Even then only two plants ever got going and most of the fruit came on very late. I just pulled out the last plant, it was covered with tiny cukes, but the plant had given up the ghost, too cold and not enough sun. All that wasted potential was a bit sad really. Hopefully next year we’ll have more luck.

  9. Andrea says:

    I find joining in with Harvest Monday inspiring…………………………….growing greens in snow now thats something!! I also love hearing about all the different types of veggies so many varieties of tomatoes/beans/etc i’ve never heard of.
    The last of the cucumbers, they lasted really well for you………………..
    I think with Melbournes mild weather you could plant some Asian greens, they would come up in no time.

  10. Liz says:

    Really impressed you still have a cucumber – my plants gave in to the mildew quite some time ago. I will have to try harder next year.

  11. Susi says:

    Great pictures. I can’t wait for our cucumbers to show up! : ) I have a tiny harvest too– it is intimidating to compare to others- hope I have more stuff to show soon. : /

  12. LisaB says:

    None of my lettuces or spinach did very well this year, I can’t grow herbs if my life depended upon it, but I keep trying! I found some tiny cucumbers on my vines yesterday. Can’t wait to harvest some. I bet yours made your salad taste so yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Allison says:

    I feel the same as you and I have 5.5 acres! People with balconies seem to harvest more than I can 🙂 LOL Your harvest looks wonderful!

  14. maryhysong says:

    It all looks good! The winter garden is mostly greens of all sorts! Just gotta live with it.

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