Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. I got a couple of fresh harvests last week. The curly kale I have planted in a cold frame bed has held up amazingly well. I never got around to putting row cover material on the cold frame, so it’s only been covered with bird netting material which keeps the critters from eating it but doesn’t protect it from the cold. This cutting was from Prizm, a 2016 AAS Winner that has done quite well for me here. The leaves were tender and sweet and cooked in no time.
I also made a small cutting of lettuce from the greenhouse, this time Tango and Red Sails. It wasn’t a lot but it will be enough to go on quinoa tacos I plan on having for lunch today. The winter lettuce has also done well, and I will have seedlings ready to plant anew in a couple of weeks.
From stores I baked up one of the Rancho Marques squash. I have to say this moschata type was a real disappointment. The flesh had an average taste, and was extremely stringy through and through. I have another squash from this land race type that has a different shape and perhaps a different taste, but most of this one wound up on the compost pile. We still have several of the Turkeyneck and Tetsukabuto squash in storage, and I saw no need to eat a stringy one when we have fine tasting ones we can enjoy instead.
I’ll close on a wildlife note. We had a Red-bellied Woodpecker visit one of the suet feeders this week. This bird has a brilliant red head, but I managed to catch a pic of it showing the red spot on its belly that gives its name. The suet I am using is infused with hot pepper, which gives it the orange color. That keeps the raccoons from hauling it away and the squirrels from eating it, while the birds can’t taste the hot pepper at all.
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 you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!