It’s hard to believe it’s already May! This spring is going by too fast. It will be hot and humid here all too soon. I want to enjoy our normally brief spring weather while it lasts.
We did get much needed rain this week (over 4 inches), and the veggies certainly loved it. The asparagus really responded, giving us a total of 2.3 pounds for the week, and 13 ounces one day alone! This is our first full harvest year for this new patch planted in 2007, and so far we have gotten 7.5 pounds from it. I am very pleased with the results.
One of the things I did with the harvest this week was make some Sundried Tomato Pesto with last year’s dried tomatoes and some freshly harvested arugula. Ali over at Henbogle recommended it, and I’m telling you, her recipe is truly awesome! I had never thought about using arugula in pesto, and I have to say the sweet flavor of the tomatoes really works well with the spicy taste of the arugula. In addition to eating the pesto with a spoon, we used it to make these Pita Pizzas last week with our homemade pita bread.
I spread the pesto over the pita bread, then topped it with some prosciutto ham and a bit of romano cheese. I baked them on the pizza stone for 7-8 minutes, then topped them with some fresh arugula and we had a wonderful gourmet lunch!
Along with the asparagus and arugula I also harvested some scallions and radishes this week, as well as lettuce and spinach. The Space variety of spinach is still hanging on, after all the others have bolted. I should get one more light harvest before I pull the plants. I also have a lot of lettuce that is ready to pick, so I plan on harvesting it tomorrow and taking some to the soup kitchen. We should be able to make a nice salad with it there.
The new coldframe has kohlrabi that is nearing harvest stage, as well as radicchio and endive that are sizing up nicely. The endive should be ready to start harvesting in a week or two.
Not participating in any harvest activity this week was Sidd, the resident alpha male cat here at Happy Acres. He stopped, umm, meditating just long enough to pose for this photo.
So, the harvest total this week was 6.8 lbs.
To see other gardeners’ harvests, or to add your own, visit Harvest Monday at Daphne’s Dandelions.