It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s now officially summer, and the harvests show it. The summer squashes are bearing almost daily now. Safari is a striped zucchini I’m trialing here this year, and so far it’s looking promising. It’s making long slender fruits, and this one weighed in at 13 ounces.
Tempest is a my favorite yellow squash, and we have been enjoying it lightly sauteed in a little butter. Bred by Johnny’s for flavor and for drier flesh, it is truly my favorite yellow squash. We also enjoy them cut in half lengthwise and grilled. Here they are hanging out with the large Kossak kohlrabi and an Astia zucchini.
Kossak is a variety that makes large kohlrabi that I like to use for fermenting into kraut or pickled sticks. The one in my hand weighed in at 1.5 pounds, which is the size I like to harvest them. They are good for other uses too, like cutting into slices or chunks and roasting in the oven.
We’ve been enjoying the smaller sized kohlrabi either raw, or stir fried. This is one I’m growing for the first time called Korist. It’s done well, though I’m not sure it is an improvement over Terek or Konan. All of the kohlrabi from this bed have quite a lot of slug damage, but it doesn’t hurt the end product since the skin gets peeled anyway.
The greenhouse lettuce is struggling with the heat but we’re still eating it. I’m growing Starfighter for the first time and I’m impressed so far. It reminds me of Simpson Elite, and handles the hot weather quite well. By hot, I mean the greenhouse regularly gets over 100°F in the afternoons, so this is a tough lettuce indeed!
Sea of Red lettuce is also holding up well. It keeps its red color in the greenhouse better than many I have grown, since the color tends to lessen somewhat when grown in there. I’m cutting it before it is full sized, but still large enough to give us lots of tender leaves.
The cucumbers are not minding the heat in the greenhouse so far. We’ve been getting a steady supply of slicing and snacking types like Corinto and Mini Munch.
The broccolini plants have made all of their main heads now, and we’re moving on to the side shoots. Artwork and Atlantis were the last to head up this year, Happy Rich and Apollo the first. I think I may have finally found a mix of varieties that don’t all come on at once. The Burgundy side shoots are nice sized, and Artwork’s main heads were bigger than usual. We have been well supplied with broccoli lately, though I can’t imagine it will linger long if the heat wave continues.
In the future harvests department, the first of the Center Cut squash are setting on. I’m still hand pollinating all the squashes, not hard to do as long as I remember to do it. There are usually plenty of male blossoms to use for a pollen source.
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!