Monday, July 18, 2022

Harvest Monday - 18 July 2022

Hello again from Eight Gate Farm! Last July was way too wet; this year too dry. Practically the whole State of New Hampshire is in the Moderate Drought category. We can water the gardens, of course, but it's impractical to do the lawns and field, so they are browning.

Despite this, we are pleased with the fruit and vegetables we're getting. Once again I'll start with the new harvests.

The first shishito peppers were picked. This hybrid variety, "Mellow Star," has never once given us a hot one. We love them, but by the end of the season we grow tired of them as they are so prolific.

Mellow Star shishito

I judged another row of garlic was ready to pull. As I said when I pulled the first row, the row labels had worn off. But now I'm pretty sure the first one is Chesnok Red (it's purple-striped) and this one is Music (a porcelain type, white-skinned). It made fairly good-sized bulbs.

Music garlic

I've never grown radicchio before, but have always admired it in the seed catalogs. I've eaten it, but only as a component of salads when we dine out. I was told to expect bitterness, but I was okay with that, because I like mildly bitter greens like arugula and chard. But this...yikes! We lightly grilled it, took a few bites, and couldn't finish it. We'll have to try again.

Fiero (F1) radicchio

I started six "Imperial" broccoli plants this year. Only four survived, which is not uncommon given our unpredictable spring weather. Normally I wouldn't harvest all four at once, but they all appeared to be at their peak.

Imperial hybrid broccoli

I snapped off the first leaves from the collards. We don't cook with them much, but instead chop them, freeze without blanching, and add to our morning smoothies for extra nutrition.

Top Bunch 2.0 collards

Finally we are getting cucumbers. These don't look that great on the outside (probably cucumber beetle damage), but peeled they were sweet and delicious.

National Pickling cucumbers

Blueberries made their first appearance. We're so glad to get them, having gotten exactly zero last year for an unknown reason. The Kitchen Goddess, being much smaller and much more nimble than I, crawls under the netting and does the picking.


For continuing harvests, we are getting a good amount of zucchini, which at this stage is still very welcome.

Pantheon and Yellowfin hybrid zucchini

We cut several nice bulbs of fennel ("Florence Fennel" to some) this week.

Orazio hybrid fennel

I pulled quite a few bunching onions. We cut off the bottoms and froze them without blanching. The green tops TKG sliced and dehydrated to add to soup bases. I still have plenty more in the garden, because I grew, well, bunches!

Nabechan hybrid green onions

The peas (mangetout) finished out this week. The Blue Wind broccoli plants continue to give us sideshoots.

On Sunday TKG did a strong picking from the two salad mix rows. She also took another radicchio, this time removing all the outer leaves and leaving only the heart. We grilled it, and it was lovely, no bitterness at all. That makes me happy, as the plant is so pretty and lights up the garden.

Radicchio (upper left) and salad greens

In non-harvest news, the no-till no-dig plot extension experiment continues to astound me. For reference, here's the July 1st picture I showed a few posts ago.

No-till plot on July 1

Here's what it looked like on the 15th. It clearly loves growing in pure compost.

No-till plot on July 15

I swear the squash reaches out to grab my leg as I walk by.

So putting the sweet corn in the middle of the plot turns out to be another of my fabulous ideas. You can barely see it starting to peek over the squash, or some of it is anyway. But even if it reaches maturity, how in the world am I going to pick it? Sigh.

That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks as always to Dave at for giving us this forum to show off our stuff.


  1. My experience with growing radicchio is much like yours - bitter greens! I too like a little bitter, but not that much. As for the Mellow Star peppers, I can only hope I get that many of them here. I've grown them before, but it's been a while. I was thinking about pickling some of them if I get enough.

    It's interesting hearing about your "lasagna" plot. I'm trying no-dig no-till on one of my established beds, and so far I'm impressed. And my back is happy about it too!

  2. I've tried to grow radicchio but we don't have the right growing conditions. It is a winter crop here and it warms up before the heads develop nicely. I like the small red heads--much milder when purchased. Such a nice variety of harvests. Hope you get some rain soon. I remember some of those dry summers in Ipswich.