Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The cold wave continues here. We got sleet, freezing rain and snow on Thursday, and that had me harvesting quite a few fall veggies. While they can take a good bit of cold, in my experience the plants do not much appreciate freezing rain and snow. The fall cabbage has never really sized up, but I cut two heads that were at least big enough to eat. Tendersweet normally makes heads in the 2-3 pound range, but these two heads together weighed a bit less than 2 pounds total. It’s always great for fresh eating and I plan to use some of these in soup tonight.
The kale I planted this fall is doing much better. I made cuttings from the Beedy’s Camden and White Russian plants and got almost two pounds of leaves. We cooked some up for a side dish last week, and the rest in going in the soup tonight. The leaves are sweet and tender, and since it looks like they survived the weather last week I hope to make more cuttings this week. We had a heavy frost Saturday morning, and that should sweeten them up even more.
I also pulled the rest of the Kossak kohlrabi. It never sized up like it usually does, but there has been plenty to eat and to ferment. These weighed a bit over 5 pounds total. I used a few of them to make a jar of kohlrabi kraut and we roasted one of them Saturday night in a cast iron skillet.
I pulled a few more of the Alpine radishes and started another jar of kimchi with them. And yes, I love my fermented radish kimchi!
And last but not least I pulled a big bunch of Hakurei and Oasis turnips to cook up for dinner one night. I cooked some of the roots along with the greens, and saved a few of the roots for roasting later on.
Lately we have been tasting the 2018 sweet potatoes. I baked one each of the Red Japanese and Murasaki last week so we could taste them side by side. Visually they look almost identical, both outside and inside. After cooking, the taste was almost identical too, though the Murasaki might have been a bit more moist. I grew several test varieties this year, and I’m wanting to pick our favorites and grow them next year. Productivity is important too, and Murasaki was the 2nd most productive one I grew this year. It was 50% more productive than the Red Japanese, and I will likely grow it next year.
In non-harvest news, I finally managed to get fall alliums planted before the freezing weather returned. I worked last Monday in temperatures barely above freezing to get it all planted and mulched with straw. It’s a good thing too, because a few days later it was covered in freezing rain and snow! I planted 216 total sets/cloves of garlic, multiplier onions and shallots in a bit over 2 hours, and that allowed for taking a couple of breaks indoors to warm up my hands and fingers which got quite chilly poking around in the cold soil. In the below photo you can see the snow covered broccoli and cabbage plants next to the allium bed. Time will tell if they recover and produce anything more. I still have plenty of garden cleanup work to do but I will wait for slightly more agreeable weather.
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest of any size or shape you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And please be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting, or wishing they were harvesting!
Snow – oh I do hope that stays away from here for a while. It has become colder here but not so cold. I always envy your sweet potatoes and the fact that you have access to different varieties. We never have any idea what variety we are buying.
I was so delighted to find some purple skinned and Japanese sweet potatoes at the market recently. Wow are they tasty. I ran into a friend at the farmer’s market recently and she looked at my basket and said “you’re shopping like a normal person”! Yeah, it felt strange to be buying broccoli, kale, and delicata squash after so many years of growing my own. I took a cue from you this week and have a batch of sweet pepper salsa fermenting away. So cold already where you are!
I wound up buying some delicata squash this fall to supplement my meager harvest. I liked the sweet pepper salsa, and I’ve made a mental note to make it earlier next year when I have some fresh tomatoes to add to it after fermenting.
I’m always amazed by your “unseasonable” harvests.
Those alpine radishes are really beautiful! I haven’t planted any radishes yet and I’ve been having intense radish envy!
Those cabbages look great! I actually appreciate the smaller ones – and with the cold weather they must have been delicious. My broccoli looks rather sad right now too – like you the weather has been rather harsh – much worse than we normally get at this time of year.
Well done for getting the onions in before the snow set in. An early crop towards the start of Summer will be much appreciated I’m sure.