Harvest Monday May 16, 2022

It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. Lettuce is still plentiful here, though starting to show signs of our recent heat. It has been getting over 90°F in the greenhouse every day, and close to 100°F some days. With the outside temp hitting 90°F several days, that’s not surprising! I’m keeping everything in there well watered, and so far the lettuce is holding on and keeping us supplied.

oakleaf lettuce

Navara lettuce

greens for salads

I also pulled the first of the spring planted radishes last week. I started these indoors in a 24 cell plug flat, and it was a mix of Roxanne and Easter Egg 2 varieties. I interplanted them in a bed of kohlrabi, which is just now starting to size up. These will be great additions to our salads and for other uses. I might try roasting a few of them, and making some quick radish pickles. This was a great way to get them started, and I plan on doing this again in the future. Thanks to Steve (Steve’s Seaside Life) for giving me the idea to grow them this way!

spring radishes

Our salads often have a ‘theme’, and we had two of those last week that featured our salad greens. One was Mediterranean, and had beans and feta cheese for protein along with olives and artichoke hearts. For that I made a lemon/garlic/herb vinaigrette dressing. Another was Asian inspired,  with almonds and walnuts for protein, chow mein noodles for crunch and a homemade Sesame Ginger dressing.

Mediterranean salad

salad with Sesame Ginger dressing

We are still getting plenty of asparagus to eat from our ‘neglected’ beds. We had some of it roasted for a side dish one day for our lunch. It went well with our panini sandwich we made on some of my whole wheat sourdough bread.

asparagus harvest

roasted asparagus with panini sandwich

In the future harvest department, our thornless blackberries are loaded with blooms this year. These are Natchez, which should be the first to ripen. I also have Sweetie Pie and Osage planted. The blueberries will be ripening soon too, and it looks like a good year for them also.

Natchez blackberries

I took advantage of favorable weather last week and got around 25 tomatoes planted. My wife came to the vegetable garden to check on my progress and got this pic of me at work. She has been busy weeding and mulching the perennial beds lately. I have been working in the morning before I eat breakfast, usually starting around 6AM or so. I’m a morning person anyway, and I rarely do any serious garden work in the afternoon heat if I can avoid it!

me planting tomatoes

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 please take a minute and check out what everyone is harvesting!

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5 Responses to Harvest Monday May 16, 2022

  1. Pleased the radish worked out Dave, I grow turnips that way too : All the best – Steve

  2. Sue Garrett says:

    I must ry the radish method as we usually forget to pick them when they are planted on the plot.

  3. I bought Nachez Thornless Blackberries last year on your recommendation. They have tons of berries! This was a great suggestion.

  4. Those of us with small gardens really can benefit from the kind of interplanting you describe. Amazing your lettuce isn’t bolting in the greenhouse heat.

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