Monday, May 24, 2021

Harvest Monday - 24 May 2021

Hello again from Eight Gate Farm. The weather has been unusually warm for this time of year, allowing me to get a jump on planting. By yesterday, the gardens were fully planted, including all the solanacea and cucurbits. Of course, the temperature dropped rapidly in the afternoon, getting to an overnight low of 49 F. (9.4 C.) at the time I'm writing this, on Harvest Monday. I hope I didn't shock the peppers.

We had some "first harvests" this weekend. This is a petite bok choy called "Asian Delight," and it's a former AAS winner. I noticed that even when the plants were very small they were experiencing flea beetle damage, so I laid Remay over the plot, but not making a tunnel or anything. They still grew well despite having a jacket on. These went into a stir fry that night.

Asian Delight bok choy

Also we sampled our radishes for the first time. They are called "French Dressing," which might be a branding attempt by Burpee, because they look like regular old French Breakfast. These too have a cover to protect from root maggots.

French Dressing

For continuing harvests, our asparagus has been keeping us well-supplied, with cuttings like this every few days. However, I'm thinking it may be time to let the spears grow for the rest of the season.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks as always to our clever host, Dave, at, for hosting Harvest Monday.


  1. That's a good looking haul of asparagus! My pac choi is about ready, and so far the flea beetles have left it alone. The slugs are another story. The eggplant leaves seem to be the biggest flea beetle magnet here, at least early in the season.

    1. Yes, eggplants do draw flea beetles, especially last year. I'm hoping to more effectively control them once the plants get bigger.

  2. All those veggies in the ground and it's not even Memorial Day! Hope the weather stays warm.

    1. It is a little early for us. The weather is going to warm up substantially in the next few days, but Memorial Day weekend cools off again. I guess consistency is not in the cards.