TKG's mother watched the house while we were gone, and kept things watered and picked. But there was a lot to harvest for us, especially peas. We got several pickings like this, but it looks like the vines are shutting down now. At least there's been no powdery mildew.
|L: Blizzard and Mammoth Melting Sugar, R: Super Sugar Snap|
We took a few carrots.
Also turnips and more flowering onions, which we use as "spring onions" though they aren't supposed to be.
We took the first broccoli of the season. This is the "Blue Wind" variety. One head grew white, looking like cauliflower. I don't know whether it was the weather, or just a weird sport. It tasted fine though.
There was another, normal head.
|Blue Wind broccoli|
|Patriotic-looking blueberries picked on Independence Day!|
|L: Alaska, R: Blue-podded|
The Alaska didn't germinate as well as the Blue-podded, but yielded more, smaller pods that were fully packed. Alaska's peas are conventionally-shaped, while Blue-podded's are elongated and lighter in color.
|L: Blue-podded, R: Alaska|
In the past, I let them air dry naturally, and found that they discolor over time. TKG researched this, and learned that they should be lightly blanched and then dehydrated. She did this, and here's what resulted, about 8 ounces. But I bet they're packed with flavor! The dehydrating took all day, by the way.
TKG brought back some things from her community garden plot, like this last, tennis-ball sized kohlrabi.
And cuttings from celery, fennel, and kale.
We're still a ways away from harvesting the true summer crops, unlike most of you lucky people. Hopefully it won't be too long!
Thanks for reading, and apologies for telling you more about soup peas than maybe you were really interested in. Thanks again to Dave at Our Happy Acres for hosting Harvest Monday.
Such a beautiful harvest. Lots of spring stuff still going on for sure! But spring skipped our area, so a little jealous. Very interesting about the white broccoli. Maybe an odd seed...ReplyDelete
I am growing celery for the first time...crazy huh, gardening this long and only now growing it. Anyway, I didn't know you could take cuttings, like lettuce? Use it as you normally use celery?
Thanks Shawn Ann. The celery cuttings have a little bit of stem that is like celery stalks, and the leaves are flavorable.Delete
Abundant harvests, even if they aren't summer ones, are something to celebrate. It looks like you have a lot to celebrate. I suppose that some of the seeds in your mesclun mix are losing viability so the viable ones are dominating.ReplyDelete
Thanks Michelle. You are probably right about the seed viability...I should have thought of that!Delete
Amazingly I share your tastes in peas and pea pods! I've grown soup peas in the past for drying, though I can't remember the variety. I do recall they made tasty soup. I never knew about blanching them before drying either, but that does make sense. I'm glad you enjoyed your tropical getaway. My former employer always sent me to places like Youngstown or Pittsburgh - not to be dissing them, of course!ReplyDelete