Monday, July 22, 2013

Harvest Monday: July 22, 2013

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is gathering from his or her gardens in different areas.

I eagerly watched the first zucchini form and begin to grow. I know soon I will have more zucchini than I can keep up with, but the first one is special. For me it represents the transition from spring harvests to summer harvests. It is like a promise of the bounty to soon follow.



Since this one was the only zucchini growing at first, I allowed it to get a little large. We enjoyed the first zucchini in a pasta dinner and had enough for zucchini bread too.

Other harvest this week included:

Red Norland Potatoes

Blueberries

Carrots, Celery, Dill, Chives

Garlic

New Zealand Spinach

Kennebec Potatoes

Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.

29 comments:

  1. I love the garlic all lined up on the screen. Mine was curing while I was gone and I've got to get it out of the shed and trimmed up soon.

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    1. Sunday was a perfect day to harvest and lay out the garlic to dry out enough to shake off the excess soil. It is now curing in the basement. We run a dehumidifier and the garlic cures really fast down there.

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  2. Nice to have that first squash. I usually direct seed my squash but this year had problems with the weather, so it will be a while. Good trick for drying the garlic, is that maybe the top of the chicken run doing double duty?

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    1. The zucchini plants had a head start as transplants about six weeks before the weather cooperated. I direct seeded some other summer squash and they are just beginning to form some buds now.

      Yes, it is the chicken run top. It seemed like the perfect place for the garlic to dry out a bit. The chickens didn't mind :)

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  3. Nice harvest this weeks and beautiful heads of garlic!

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    1. I was worried about the garlic. When I spot checked them a few weeks ago, the bulbs were pretty small. But most ended up pretty good sized.

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  4. Beautiful potatoes, garlic and zucchini! Love the vibrant colors.

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    1. It is nice to finally have more variety of colors and flavors.

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  5. Nice harvest. You have a good garlic harvest. I will know better to plant more this fall!

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    1. I am happy with the garlic harvest. Yes, planting in fall will grow a larger bulb. There will also be more layers of skin to protect the bulb and allow it to store longer.

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  6. Lucky you getting blueberries now. Our bushes have lots of green berries but we are a little ways from the ripe fruit being available. Since we are eating raspberries at the moment, I guess waiting for the blueberries is not so bad. However, yours look delicious! Your garlic look like they have some really good size to the bulbs. Are they all the same variety?

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    1. The blueberries are just trickling in right now. Just enough to add to yogurt or cereal each morning. We have several different varieties, some ripen sooner than others.

      The garlic sized up pretty good. I was worried when I spot checked a while back, but overall the bulbs are good sized. They are all the same variety. I started with two different kinds several years ago, but phased one out that wasn't performing as well.

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  7. That's a really pretty zucchini, I love the stripes on it. And those blueberries look so good too, perfectly ripe - yum!

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    1. I usually grow the regular green zucchini variety, but thought this one was pretty. This one is Cocozelle. It tastes the same to me.

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  8. The garlic looks awesome. Great photo!! We had our first zucchini last week and the second this week. 3 more on the way that will be ready today, so here it comes!!!

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    1. LOL! Yes, here it comes. I have already picked three more zucchini since then.

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  9. Beautiful harvests! Would you believe I forgot to plant squash this year? GRR!! LOL!

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    1. I would be careful who I admit that to...Your neighbors may begin sneaking their excess zucchini on your doorstop when you are not looking.

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  10. Nice looking squash. It looks like an older variety. I'm still waiting on my first one.

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    1. The squash is Cocozelle. It is an Italian heirloom. It's my first year growing this type. I started this plant early and transplanted when the ground warmed.

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  11. It's a beautiful looking zucchini! No glut of that for me, unless the second planting kicks in. Everything else looks great too!

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    1. Thanks, I hope your plants produce for you.

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  12. The first of every crop is always the best and most exciting. Looks like you have a nice garlic harvest too!

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    1. It's true. I celebrate the first every year. It never gets old. Yes, the garlic did very well this year.

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  13. That cocozelle is pretty! I can't wait for my first zucchini. How do you like the taste of the New Zealand spinach? I thought about growing it, I should have 'cos I'm missing spinach right now. Nice harvests!

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  14. I love that row of garlic too! I know what you mean about the first zucchini, or the first tomato. It's eagerly awaited and anticipated for sure. Seeing that huge Kennebec made me think I need to grow them again. They always made big potatoes in my old garden.

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  15. I love the appearance of those first new potatoes of the season. Tonight's dinner featured a new potato and carmelized onion galette. Yum. I do love cooking at this time of year -- especially now that the weather has cooled off enough to enjoy being in the kitchen.

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