It’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s more of the same here in the way of harvests. The Rudolph broccoli was the last of the PSB varieties to head up, and it made a couple of big ones. I planted Burgundy, Santee and Rudolph in the greenhouse last fall and their different maturing dates made for a good succession of harvests. We’ve really been enjoying the broccoli, and now it looks like some of the kale is ready to flower and we will enjoy those as well.
There was plenty of lettuce to cut for salads last week. I really enjoy the Salanova varieties, including the Green Butter and the Green Sweet Crisp. I made one cutting which also included a small Mirlo butter lettuce. I often cut these butter lettuces before they are fully headed, since we enjoy the deep green leaves more than the blanched hearts.
We continue to enjoy foods from storage, including sweet potatoes. Beauregard has been my orange fleshed variety of choice for years now. I’ve trialed quite a few other orange fleshed ones, but none have beaten Beauregard for productivity and taste. I baked up one last week that was large enough for my wife and me to share. They are still sweet and moist after five months in storage, though a few are starting to sprout now. I will bring some into a warm closet to encourage them to sprout for slips I’ll set out in June.
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!
My family are all sweet potato fans, so I plant a few Beauregard every year, the harvest is rubbish, but at least I try. Every year I attempt a different strategy in the hope that I will eventually succeed! For some strange reason it’s really expensive to source Salanova lettuces in the UK, which is a shame because I think I’d like Green Sweet Crisp!
Our potatoes are starting to shoot now too. Our Rudolph is outdoors but still producing/
When you find a good variety, as you have with sweet potatoes, it makes sense to stick with a winner. There are a number of crops that applies for me–carrots, zucchini, various lettuces, corn, tomatoes. I do mix it up occasionally and find another favorite. This year it was Wine Country mesclun lettuce from Renee’s Garden, now my new favorite and great producer. You might see I did a post last week on PSB–a retrospective and how I’ll proceed in the future.