Monday, June 21, 2021

Harvest Monday - 21 June 2021

 Welcome to another Harvest Monday update from Eight Gate Farm in southern New Hampshire, USA. So far, we in the New England region have escaped the fierce heat wave affecting much of the country. In fact, it’s been quite pleasant, though the thermometer fell to 47 F. (8.3 C.) one night.

Leading off with the “first harvests” of the year, we got a nice picking of pea pods. This variety, Super Sugar Snap, produces tall, disease-resistant vines, with wonderful pods. I think, though, we will not get a huge harvest of them this year, as germination was not up to standards. I’ll use fresh seed next year.

Super Sugar Snap

We also took a few of the biggest green onions/scallions. The variety is a hybrid called “Nabechan,” which I got from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. It’s listed as 60 days from transplant, which was accurate for the ones picked, but overall the others are still quite skinny.

Nabechan scallions

We also got a picking of cilantro which volunteered in the lettuce patch. We love cilantro, but I understand that it’s a genetic thing, and to some people, it tastes like soap.

Cilantro (coriander leaves)

For continuing harvests, we took the last of the Asian greens. I’m sorry to see them go, but they don’t like heat.

Brisk Green bok choy

We also got a generous picking of turnip greens. This variety, “Shogoin,” seems to bolt a lot quicker than any turnips I’ve grown before. But the greens are quite nice.

Turnip greens

And a good cutting of salad greens.

Also, the last of the garlic scapes.

Garlic scapes

I took a trip down to the cellar and brought up the last three butternut squash, one very large “Sugaretti” spaghetti squash (4.5 lbs), and some canned goods like tomato sauce and maple syrup. I have no idea why The Kitchen Goddess labeled one batch of sauce “Big Daddy.” Was she referring to me?

Winter squash plus canned goods from the stores

From the “Wonders of Nature” file, I cut this apple branch, and revealed these mysterious figures. Spooky! My MIL thinks that sliced the rounds would make interesting coasters. Might be a fun project.

Weird apple wood

That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks once again to Dave at for continuing to host Harvest Monday.


  1. We could use some of your cool weather! It was 80F here this morning at 6AM when I went out to work in the garden. I'm a fan of cilantro, but ours is done until fall due to the heat. I'm impressed by your green onions. I tried them last fall, and mine never got as big as chives!

    1. I never get enough cilantro, or I should say, I get too much all at once then nothing.

  2. Nice early harvests. Nothing like green onions so available in the garden just when you need them. Cool nights are not so good for the peppers and tomatoes but the spring crops do like the cool.

    1. Thanks, Sue. The peppers etc. are actually doing pretty well despite the cool nights.