It’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It looks like my planting of purple sprouting broccoli in the greenhouse is paying off as expected. I cut several main heads from the Santee plants last week, along with a few side shoots that were already forming. I have plants of Rudolph that are starting to head up too, so I think we will have more broccoli to taste soon. I believe I have finally figured out how to grow PSB here in our climate, and it is a wonderful crop to have this time of year when fresh homegrown veggies are hard to come by.
And I cut enough of the Dutch heirloom Groninger Blue Collard-Kale for cooking last week. I got this variety from Nichols Garden Nursery, who got their seed from author and vegetable breed Carol Deppe. It’s one of her “eat all” greens that she grows to give her a year round supply of fresh and tender young greens. I let the leaves get quite large to enjoy them cooked, and they were very tender and mild. You can read more about her Eat All growing method in this Mother Earth news article. I grew these like I would any other kale or collard, setting out transplants about a foot apart in the greenhouse bed.
We also enjoyed a bit of the lettuce I have planted in the greenouse. These are Salanova Green Sweet Crisp and Salanova Red Butter, two ‘one-cut’ type lettuces I have growing in containers. I have good luck growing lettuce in containers, which saves my limited bed space for growing things that have more extensive root systems like the kale and broccoli. I have quite a bit of lettuce ready now and I really need to get a plug tray planted with more seed so I have replacements for the next crop. Looking at my seed starting schedule, it will be time to start the spring brassicas next week as well, so it looks like I will be busy!
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!