Harvest Monday April 29, 2019

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The harvests are picking up a bit here as warm days have spurred the asparagus to start popping up. We’ve gotten two pounds of it since we started cutting it a couple of weeks ago. We have roasted it and stir-fried it so far, and that in the photo got roasted in a cast iron skillet until charred on the outside but still crisp inside.

daily asparagus

daily asparagus

The kale rapini is coming to an end. I’ve pulled half the overwintered kale plants, with the rest likely coming up this week to make room for planting cucumbers in the greenhouse.

kale rapini

kale rapini

I cut a couple of big heads of lettuce last week. One was Simpson Elite, which is my favorite lettuce for wilting. That’s where this batch wound up, and it was tender and tasty.

Simpson Elite lettuce

Simpson Elite lettuce

Another was the butterhead Mirlo, which I have growing in a window box sized planter. It doesn’t form a real big head like some butterhead types, but it has large green tender leaves that are great for salads. I used some of this for a Mediterranean salad we had for lunch one day. I also plan to use a few of the outer leaves to make Korean-style beef lettuce wraps we’re having for dinner tonight.

Mirlo lettuce

Mirlo lettuce

I also made the first cutting of arugula from a planting I made in another window box planter. This is Esmee, and the leaves are mild flavored and tender. It wound up on a pizza I cooked up on Friday night. I love arugula on pizza, and this one also had some of our slow-roasted tomatoes from last year.

Esmee arugula

Esmee arugula

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!


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5 Responses to Harvest Monday April 29, 2019

  1. All of my spring planted over-wintered brassicas have now gone, so we are a little ahead of you. I still have a few October planted, but this years are all coming on strong now, so I won’t go hungry : All the best – Steve

  2. Michelle says:

    Reading your post is making me hungry! Roasted asparagus, wilted salad, pizza, lettuce wraps, yum!

  3. Sue Garrett says:

    Your lettuce look pristine – unnibbled and clean.

  4. Margaret says:

    I wish you could send some of that warmth our way. I’m hardening off a bunch of seedlings, including lettuce, but with our chilly weather in the past week, they’ve been inside more than out.

  5. Your lettuce all look great, and I am slowly starting to follow your example growing a few in boxes as it frees up ground space for longer season crops and keeps slugs off them too. Haven’t yet sown any Rocket (arugula) so thanks for the reminder

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