Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm. Thanks as always to Daphne's Dandelions for hosting this fun and informative forum.
Now that the radishes have finished, our nightly salads are a little less zesty, but we are fortunate to have all the mesclun and lettuce we need. We filled two three-gallon bags this week with pickings like this one:
Needless to say, the spinach, such as it is, was bolting, so we took it all:
I have to laugh when I compare this to the 862 lbs. that Daphne has harvested.
A harvest of chive flowers, tarragon, and garlic chives. The chive flowers are destined for vinegar, a great idea we first got from Daphne. We jazz it up a little with a few tarragon sprigs.
In other garden news, it finally got to the point where there are no more nights forecasted below 50 f., so it was time to transplant the eggplant, peppers, and basil.
The herb garden is looking nice:
And so is the broccoli. The extra-early variety "Blue Wind" is living up to its expectations. I suspect we will harvest it within a week.
Here's an example of the Eight Gate Farm Plant Succession Technique™. Basically, you plant a variety or even an entire bed with the vegetable of your choice. Then, when 50% or so does not come up, you replant.
I do not know what the problem was with the beans on the left. Maybe we just had too many cool nights. So, we try again.
And now, introducing the Eight Gate Farm Crop of Mystery™. I grew these cute little guys from the tiniest seeds you could imagine. If they live, I will update as the season progresses. Go ahead and guess now what it is if you want, but I won't say if you're right or wrong until later. The teeny-tiny seeds are your first clue.
I've talked before about our project to refurbish the 5 dilapidated garden benches we inherited with the property. We are down to our last one. The one on the right looked like the one on the left. Have I said that I'm absolutely in love with my new table saw?
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and I wish you happy harvests.