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Monday, July 9, 2012

Harvest Monday - July 9, 2012

Once again, thank you to Daphne's Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday whereby we all can see what's coming out of each others gardens.  I'm enjoying seeing the production as small as containers to community plots.  It's awesome to see everyone growing their own.  Nice job!  Broccoli still takes home the trophy for prized harvest of the week.  The final tally came in at 14.75 pounds for the week for a final spring harvest of 36 pounds of broccoli.  One of the heads this week weighed nearly 2 pounds.  I'd say that's a successful broccoli harvest this year and we're pleased.  All the plants were pulled because of the heat.  While the variety - Arcadia - is bolt-resistant, the buds still were larger than normal and I could see the shoots trying to bolt.  It was best to pull it all.  I noticed some of the stems were getting tough also, so I'm glad it's now all harvested.  I froze about 10 pounds altogether.  The remainder ended up in salads, soups, and steamed with slivered almonds.   The runner-up has to be red beets at 7.25 pounds and the surprise of the week is my first cucumber. Best of Show has GOT to be the 14 ounce "Candy" onion.  I don't believe I ever harvested an onion quite that large.  I have about 200 more that are looking like this one, so that'll be at least another 150 pounds of onions.  Woohoo!   Here's the tally for the week.

Broccoli - 14.75 pounds
Carrots - 1/2 pound
Cucumber - 1/4 pound
Mixed Greens - 1/4 pound
Beet Greens - 3/4 pound
Onions - 5.50 pounds
Potatoes - 4.0 pounds
Radishes - 3/4 pound
Red Beets - 7.25

Total Vegetables:   34 pounds

No fruit this week from the garden.  Although I found a bargain at the local Amish discount store and my mother and I froze 40 pounds of blueberries.  They were only $1.80 a pound and we felt that was a bargain enough to make the purchase.  My parents love eating frozen blueberries as do I.  Hubby prefers them in pancakes or muffins, so that's what he'll be getting with them.


Crafty Cristy said...

I am glad you are getting such great harvests. And I love that you were able to buy and freeze such a huge amount of blueberries. I love blueberries, too, and have my freezer full for the year. :)

heavy hedonist said...

To me, frozen berries mean smoothies for breakfast on a hot day!

gardenvariety-hoosier said...

Just found your blog. That's a nice harvest. A two pound head of broccoli is impressive to say the least. And you can't have too many onions.

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

What a beautiful harvest! Your broccoli is splendid.

Susan Zentmyer said...

Oh my! What broccoli!!

Chili said...

Yes, the broccoli is definitely a winner. The Arcadia variety is clearly the best. And we love our onions! Our annual harvest is at least 400 plants... I've never weighed them until this year. It'll be fun. And yes... the frozen blueberries are soooo worth it. Agreed on smoothies! I also mix them with almond milks and soy protein for a "pudding". Sometimes chia seeds too.

Andrea said...

I am turning a particular shade of green...........what a great broccoli harvest and your onion !!!

Mary Hysong said...

Wow what an amazing harvest! How big is your garden anyway? I'll be lucky if my onions are big enough to bother peeling! and I've never had broccoli that big!

The Happy Hippy said...

WOW - I am impressed. What a bumper crop you are having. Well done my friend. : )

Chili said...

Mary, my garden is about 3,800 square feet which is a combination of several areas. And we plan to expand a bit so my herb garden can become an herb garden again and not a squash patch! I also have a lot of vegetables in the rose garden, but I'll likely continue to do that.

Jenny said...

awesome broccoli and onions!