Monday, June 19, 2023

Harvest Monday - 19 June 2023

Hello, and happy Juneteenth! A new Federal holiday on which we reflect on the horrors of slavery in America, and its end.

Harvests are trickling in. I cut the first head of iceberg lettuce. It was chilled, then served that night in a wedge salad.

Iceberg lettuce

I did the first small cutting of parsley. Some of this is from a plant that regrew itself from last year, now starting to flower. This is not a bad thing, as parsley seed is a nice spice.

Italian flat-leaf parsley

Garlic scapes are making an appearance, and I cut a couple of  them for a dish The Kitchen Goddess made that night. It's a salad of Asian greens, nori, and sesame seeds, spiced up with the scapes and a "dressing" of rice vinegar, tamari, and sesame oil. She got it from the "Clean Eats" cookbook, and it was very good. Definitely a keeper.

Garlic scapes

Sesame bok choy salad

Several heads of greens were harvested this week, some to keep, some to give away. Here's a sample.

Tatsoi, Asian Delight bok choy

I just had to share this. I brought up the last of last summer's winter squash from the cellar. On the left is a spaghetti squash, and on the right an "Autumn Frost" hybrid butternut-type (C. moschata). This is after they have been baked in the oven. I'm amazed at how long these have kept. Sure, we lost a few over the months, but many more have been useful. Autumn Frost has become our favorite: deep orange color and exceptional sweetness.

Baked winter squash from the stores

In Wildlife Notes, we have two trail cameras set up in our woods. I don't change the memory cards as often as I should (afraid of ticks), so when I do there are literally thousands of pictures to wade through. Most of them are boring pictures of the same herd of deer that wanders through, but we occasionally get some interesting shots of deer and many other animals (and a trespasser or two). Here's one that captured a doe in mid-leap. Wonder what spooked her?

White-tailed deer

And here's a recent close-up of a magnificent Eastern Coyote.

Eastern Coyote

How about that? An entire post without wingeing about the weather!

No post next Monday. TKG and I have rented a lakeside cabin (if you can call a 3 bedroom 2 bath house a "cabin"). It's only an hour away, so we can return home in mid week to water, harvest, exchange clothes, and buy more groceries. We are really looking forward to it. But there's no internet, so no posting. I'll check back in the week after. Thanks for reading, and thanks again to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday.

Monday, June 12, 2023

Harvest Monday - 12 June 2023

Do I go on too much about the weather? Even I think I do. But it has such an effect on our growing I feel I have to keep notes. This week was absolutely awful...cold, damp, and we even had the haze from the Canadian forest fires. Luckily it was much less than what you see in the apocalyptic photos from New York City (even though we're much closer to Quebec).

The warm-loving crops are suffering. The tomatoes are doing okay, I guess, but peppers and eggplants are sulking. And I'm going to have to replant cucumbers and melons, and maybe squash, thus delaying their harvests for this year. On a positive note, the brassicas have been thriving, especially the Asian greens, which are the best I've ever grown. And I haven't had to water at all.

I did a first picking of tatsoi, on the left below, and picked another Brisk Green bok choy. 

Tatsoi (L) and Brisk Green hybrid bok choy

We picked chive flowers and started the process of making infused vinegar, which we really like.

Chive flower vinegar

We took the last of the spinach, which was looking bolt-y. 

Final spinach harvest

Same goes for the arugula, so much that we gave some away.

Final arugula harvest

It looks like the coming week will be much warmer, which is welcome. I can finally get to the tasks which I had to put off. Thanks for reading, and thanks once again to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday!

Monday, June 5, 2023

Harvest Monday - 5 June 2023

What a wild weather week! We had three days of 90+ heat, where even small garden chores were exhausting. Then on Friday evening a thunderstorm front came through, ushering in a dramatic change. The weekend days were only in the 40s, with rain and drizzle. One source I read said we haven't had a "high" that "low" in June since 1916. On Saturday we were at the local garden club's plant sale, where I manned an "Ask A Master Gardener" booth, while The Kitchen Goddess (the club's newly-installed President) assisted in plant selection and sales. We were so chilled that we had to light the woodstove when we got home. In June!

This kind of weather contrast can't be good for the newly transplanted vegetables, but there's not much I can do about it. We'll see how they fare.

For harvests, I took two "Asian Delight" bok choys. I don't really taste much difference between the varieties I grow, but I like the contrasting appearance. Asian Delights are petite but well-formed, with fat white stems.

Asian Delight hybrid bok choy

We also did generous pickings of spinach...

Overwintered spinach
...And arugula.


The arugula pizza featured by our Harvest Monday host, Dave, in his last post, inspired us, so we had our own, a little modified by adding prosciutto. Yum!

Arugula-topped pizza

Finally, a few more radishes were added to our salads.

Cherry Belle and French Breakfast radishes

On Sunday the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Cooperative Extension held a Volunteer Appreciation Day. The Extension has many volunteer organizations under its sponsorship, with hundreds of participants, including my group, the Master Gardeners. The event was held at the Gunstock Mountain Ski Resort, and "plus ones" were also invited. You could ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain, with its stunning views. After lunch you had your choice of educational programs. I chose the "Discover and Measure NH's Big Trees," then a "Plant/Fern ID Walk." TKG chose a 2 hour "Forest Bathing Mindfulness Walk."

We rode the chairlift to the summit, where it was 37 degrees with a fierce wind, so we couldn't stay long. There was a nice view of the big Lake Winnipesaukee, but the lofty Presidential Range beyond was hidden by clouds. A picture can't capture the total panorama.

View from Gunstock Mountain

Thanks for reading! And thanks to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday.