As always, Daphne is hosting this week’s Monday Harvest. I’ve been participating in this series of posts for about three months and I must say I’ve learnt so much about gardening, the pests and diseases that plague various crops, locations and seasons and a few tricks of the trade along the way. I’ve been introduced to vegetables I knew very little about – like okra – and to dozens of new varieties of other vegetables most of which I then add to my ever growing list of seeds I want to buy. But possibly the best thing about joining in the Monday Harvest series is the fabulous new blogs and bloggers I’ve discovered, and while I may only have the chance to ‘pop over’ once a week and I don’t always comment on every other blog, I have certainly enjoyed increasing my blogging world and having lots of new people visiting and commenting on my blog. And with that let’s get on with this weeks harvest.
1. This is the last big harvest of broccoli and I decided to pick the lot before it bolted to seed which it was threatening to do. In the end I gathered a basket full of larger heads, a couple of tiny heads and a bunch of side shoots. In all it came to just under 1kg. More of the plants were pulled out, but there are still a few giving side shoots or even still with their main head not yet ready. Mostly I’ve just been steaming the broccoli and dressing with olive oil. A bit more will be used with some cauliflower in a gratin and then the remaining florets will be blanched and frozen.
2. Silver beet – we had eased off the silverbeet for the last week or two, but it’s back on the regular rotation this week. This bunch was sauted and served with steamed broccoli and poached eggs, such a healthy and satisfying meal. I thought it would be a hard sell getting the girls to eat it, but Miss One licked the bowl clean. Miss Three ate it, but not with so much vigour and enthusiasm.
3. Parsley, parsley, parsley. It’s growing everywhere again, so there is never a shortage. I might have to start doing the parsley pesto again.
4. Thyme – This has been the slowest of the more dormant winter herbs to get going again, so I’m still picking it sparingly. The little I did pick went into my latest slow cooker recipe which I share later in the week.
5. Something pretty for the kitchen window sill. I know it’s technically not what the Monday Harvest is all about, but this is the very first time I’ve really grown flowers that I can pick and bring inside and I’m really appreciating the brightness of them. The flower in the front, the little cream frilly one came from a bulb my Mum dug up from my Nana’s garden after she died. I have no idea what it is, can anyone identify it? Originally I just picked the three flowers and whacked them in the vase, thinking they really needed some green. Then I read that Andrea had picked flowering rosemary and put that in a vase, great idea I thought, so I headed back out to the garden picked the pretty flowering stems from my massive rosemary plant and voila.