The garden transformed after four days of heavy rain early last week. The lettuce, spinach, and kale all enjoyed the cool and wet weather and were in great need of harvest my mid-week.
Still lots and lots of lettuce harvested from the garden right now. I keep a big bowl of salad in the refrigerator so that it is easy to scoop out portions for lunches and dinners. Usually when harvesting lettuce I trim a few outer leaves from each plant.
After last weeks cool and rainy weather, the oakleaf and black seeded simpson lettuce exploded in growth requiring me to cut out several heads to allow the remaining plants to stretch out a little. I will need to keep my eyes on this bed, as the lettuce may be ready to bolt.
Some new items were harvested this week to add to salads. Some green onions, celery, chard, dill, and parsley were added to a macaroni salad:
Some of the same was later harvested to add to our steady green salads:
As I began trimming the spinach leaves I soon realized that some of the plants were beginning to bolt. The others looked like they would soon follow. I harvested all I could and pulled the plants. It was a great spring for spinach and I can't wait for it to return in the fall garden.
Some of the kale foliage was looking a bit chewed. Upon closer inspection I found cabbageworms. I salvaged as much of the kale as I could and pulled the plants. The leaves were then soaked in salted water to kill any cabbageworms, then double rinsed, trimmed, and carefully inspected to be sure no sign of the worms remained. I hope I remember to grow kale under a row cover next time.
Bush beans were planted in the areas where the spinach and kale was pulled. I am looking forward to trying Black Valentine bush beans this year. It is a pre-1850s heirloom that can be used both fresh and dried.
Be sure to visit Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.