Another week where I was able to photograph a few of my harvests as they were happening. Sharing the weekly harvest with all the gardeners gathered at Daphne’s is having a positive impact on my documentation habits. I love it!
So, what did I get this week? I am most excited about my kumquats. I have a little Meiwa kumquat tree in a pot that I have been babying for the last two years. This is its first significant crop. So far we’ve been eating them fresh, and we’ve been enjoying them so much this way that I won’t be making marmalade or preserving them.
The scallions are fattening up, starting to bulge. These are thinnings of Valencia onions planted in November. Soon I’ll have to stop calling them scallions. I thin the onion bed as my cooking needs dictate, but I should thin it more aggressively if I want to get some nice fat onions at some point. Maybe I’ll need to make a large batch of Chinese scallion pancakes this week, or add lots of scallions to everything I cook.
Fava beans! Of course, what else? I have been reporting favas every Monday for a while now. I love them, I cannot get tired of them. I am so glad they keep coming, specially since my summer beans are not germinating that well at the moment.
Time to cut the garlic scapes and let the plants make a big fat bulbs. I picked all the buds from my Spanish Roja garlic, a hard neck, very pungent, spicy variety. I also stopped irrigating them since their foliage had started to dry out. I took one out and it seems that the bulbs have reached a good size, are not fully segmented, but are almost there.
I have also been harvesting a regular supply of mixed lettuce for salads–although this will be coming to an end soon, since the lettuce is getting a bit too bitter. Kale, chard and bock choy, as well as carrots, have also made it into the harvest basket this week. All in all, it has been an abundant week. I am very grateful for my little garden that keeps us well fed week after week.
For more delicious pictures and stories of harvests and to add your own, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday, and take a look at what other gardeners have been up to this week.