Harvest Monday April 26, 2021

It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. My harvests are pretty much limited to greens these days, with one exception. The greenhouse plantings of lettuce and other salad greens are in full swing now, and I harvest on an as-needed basis. Slobolt makes big heads of blistered green leaves, and the red oakleaf types add color.

Slobolt lettuce

red oakleaf lettuce

Mizspoona Salad Select is a gene pool mix from Wild Garden Seeds that resulted from a cross of mizuna and tatsoi. As the name suggests, it is useful for salads and also for cooked dishes. Some of this wound up in a frittata, and the rest went in salads.

Mizspoona Salad Select

I also made a cutting of Purple Stemmed Arugula and Red-Veined Sorrel to go in the frittata and on salads. The Purple Stemmed Arugula is from the Experimental Farm Network, and has a lovely flavor. It’s my first time growing the Red Veined Sorrel, and it is doing well so far in a container. It will add a bit of color to our salads along with the tangy flavor associated with sorrel leaves,

arugula and sorrel

We had a rare April snow here last week, which amounted to only a dusting. The temperature got down to freezing for two mornings in a row, and that had me bringing any tender plants like eggplant and tomatoes inside the greenhouse.

April snow

The greenhouse is in transition now between winter and summer. I pulled the remaining broccoli and kale plants last week, and soon it will be time to set out the cucumbers that will be there most of the summer. Meanwhile, containers of eggplant, greens, herbs and a Red Racer tomato plant are happily hanging out in there along with all the greens.

greenhouse in transition

I saved my favorite harvest for last. It’s officially asparagus season here! The beds start off slow, but should pick up steam as the weather warms up. The first spears are always much appreciated, and we usually cut the spears for 6-8 weeks before letting the ferns grow out to replenish the roots.

first asparagus harvest

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 26, 2021

  1. Sue garrett says:

    WE had a rare sprinkling of snow this April too. April hasn’t been very kind.

  2. Will - EightGateFarmNH says:

    Not only did you get more asparagus than me, it’s better looking too. Congrats! I am just amazed at the beauty and diversity of your salad greens. I hope you folks never get tired of salads!

  3. First harvest of asparagus here too Dave, still lovely weather here in the UK, but still frosty nights

  4. Envious of the asparagus harvest. A friend gave me a red-veined sorrel from her six-pack which I also have in a container. I haven’t harvested any yet as I let it get established. It will add the red to my salads when I don’t have that lettuce plus the wonderful sorrel flavor.

  5. Margaret says:

    Hurray for asparagus season! I’m so very envious of all those fresh salad greens – mine are just now hardening off & I can’t wait to finally bypass that aisle (or more accurately, click on “leaf lettuce” in my online order, lol!)

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