Harvest Monday, April 26, 2010

Another mostly green harvest here this week. The asparagus harvest had been slowing down, but the recent rains have perked it up considerably. We harvested almost 2 pounds of it this week, bringing the total for the season to over 5 pounds. Some of the thinner spears found their way into this frittata we had for lunch midweek. It also had some dried tomatoes from 2009 in there.

asparagus and tomato frittata

I also continued to harvest a lot of spinach, almost 2.5 pounds of it this week. I’ve pulled about 2/3 of the plants as they bolted, but I still have a little more to pick. We’ve sure enjoyed it a lot this year.

I harvested a bit more choy sum this week, and over a pound of mizuna. The mizuna was featured in a stir fry side dish.

Tubtrug full of mizuna greens

For those not familiar with mizuna, it is a beautiful, mild tasting green with fine serrated leaves.

mizuna plant

It grows fairly upright, which makes a good use of space in intensive plantings. Below is a photo of whats left of the planting in the greenhouse. I started with eight plants there that took up about 1.5 square feet of space and look to yield about two pounds of greens.

mizuna growing in greenhouse

I’ve also been harvesting scallions as needed from the new lasagna bed I planted with onions. These green onions are non bulbing types I planted just for green onions. The variety here is Ishikura Improved.

I also harvested lettuce, a few radishes, another cutting of the spicy mesclun mix, and the first cutting of a lettuce mix in one of the window boxes.

The harvest total this week was 8.5 lbs.

To see other gardeners’ harvests, or to add your own, visit Harvest Monday at Daphne’s Dandelions.

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23 Responses to Harvest Monday, April 26, 2010

  1. Daphne says:

    Wow! 8.5lbs is a huge harvest for a zone 6 garden. I really envy your big harvest. I keep telling myself that soon I’ll have a bigger garden and can get more in the off seasons.

    • Villager says:

      Thanks Daphne. It also helps that I have a lot of time to spend raising seedlings, etc, plus a good setup to keep them growing. As soon as I harvest something, I usually have a transplant ready to take its place.

  2. michelle says:

    Mizuna is such a pretty plant. It’s mild enough that I like to put it in salads too. Your plants are particularly pretty and fresh looking.

    • Villager says:

      We do like mizuna in salads. It’s one of the greens in the Spicy Mesclun mix I planted, and we use that in salads. I’ll bet the mizuna would be good in a frittata. I need to try that soon.

  3. Angela says:

    This frittata looks so delicious! I definitely need to plant asparagus.
    All this green bounty comes from your greenhouse? Wow! You found a good way to cheat the winter.

    • Villager says:

      Most of the harvests now are coming from the greenhouse or the cold frames. Except for the asparagus, which is planted in rows outside.

  4. vrtlaricaana says:

    I can’t wait for my first asparagus harvest, and all recipes that I have to try.

  5. Jane says:

    What a beautful frittata! Your garden asparagus is inspiring – I’m tempted to jump in and try to grow some! Mizuna is such a great addition to a salad mix. This winter I grew the red streaked mizuna and that was really good too.

    • Villager says:

      Asparagus is fairly easy to grow here, but I’m not sure how it would do in Kihei. I’ll have to try the red streaked mizuna, I’ll bet it is really pretty.

  6. Meredith says:

    Oh, villager, that first photograph looks so delicious! Asparagus with dried tomatoes, two of my favorite things. Your harvests are inspiring me to want to get out and plant some more transplants today — but I’m forcing myself to stay indoors and remember that digging in wet clay is disastrous. 😉

  7. I agree, the first photograph is gorgeous, and making me quite hungry! I might have to try the Mizuna, as our vegetable garden is quite intensively planted, I think it would be well suited. Your scallions look great! I’m so far behind this year…

    • Villager says:

      Mizuna is versatile and space-efficient. It doesn’t seem to mind being crowded at all. And I’m still learning about all the ways to use it in the kitchen.

      I can see many frittatas in our future this summer. It is a good way to pair fresh veggies with the local eggs we are getting each month from the CSA. Mind you, they’re not quite as fresh as YOUR eggs, but still pretty fresh. 😉

  8. Momma_S says:

    Nice harvesting this week. Yummy frittata too! I’ve been adding farmer’s market asparagus to my quiche. I love it, but DH confessed he isn’t a fan of it in quiche (or in general–drat) because of the texture. Sure wish he & my boys were as into it as me…

  9. Megan says:

    What a great harvest! I bet the asparagus has been great! I just love asparagus, and it is definitely not cheap to buy fresh! I hope you enjoyed it! Your lunch looks delicious!

  10. Thomas says:

    That’s a very impressive number! You’re an inspiration to those of us interested in cold weather gardening.

    Also, that frittata looks very tasty!

  11. mac says:

    That frittata look so yummy. Your greenhouse and cold frames work wonders, they produce quite a bit of overwintered crops.

  12. I am jealous of your asparagus. This is one vegetable that I have yet to grow but I sure do like to eat it!

  13. Mizuna looks very interesting….I may have to try growing this sometime. I always enjoy seeing your harvests. I have nothing to harvest yet…just a basil leaf or two for cooking. Now, I could use some scallions….

  14. LynnS says:

    Way to go! (Or should I say way to grow?!) DEEElicious looking fritatta.

    Mizuna is quite the veggie, isn’t it? Our chickens love mizuna. Heck, they love all greens. Do you know that after growing it all last spring and through winter, I forgot to plant any for this spring.

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