Harvest Monday

July 15, 2013

I think it is officially too hot for lettuce 😦 I picked the last little bit this week – only enough for one salad (the kids were not too upset). I am still planting lettuce every two weeks so whenever the weather is cool enough, I’ll already have little plants ready to flourish.

Surprisingly, we still are getting some kale from seeds that were planted in January. Go figure. So, we are still enjoying kale salads some nights (only about 2/week).

kale2We have eaten all the carrots planted so this week I reevaluated how many needed to be planted from now on. I am going to buy from the store to allow what is in the ground to mature fully. It saddens me that I am buying things that I have been harvesting from the garden for a few months or more but all I can do is learn from my experience and keep planting more!

monharvest(Monday carrots (and snaps and blueberries))

potatoes&carrots(Wednesday carrots (and potatoes)
monpots(Monday potatoes)

Each week I think I we are about done with blueberries and then another set of bushes mature and we are overrun with berries. I picked Monday and Friday of this week.

monblues(Monday’s harvest)

blues1 (Friday’s harvest)

blues2(Friday harvest #2)

I am freezing most of them because most of them are split (due to the unending rain we have been having this summer). If I keep the split ones out for more than 24hrs, they start to rot. So, I pick the whole ones & put them in containers to eat for a few days and freeze the rest.

Right now, we are having strawberry jam on our PB&Js (from strawberries picked this spring) but I can easily switch to blueberry jam, as we have GALLONS of frozen blueberries in the freezer.

Green beans (bush and pole) were also picked for meals this week. My daughter has a small section of garden this year. She is growing pole beans and we are paying her for her harvests. She was able to make her first profit this week.

mathilda beansYou can see beans, carrots, and squash from our neighbor in this pic too 🙂

I had a baby zucchini but it rotted right off the plant.

zucch(I was VERY excited to see our first zucchini) zuchrot(until it rotted and fell off 😦 )

One night we had roasted potatoes, oven-fried squash, steamed green beans and bean burgers on homemade bread. Another night, we had veggie pot pie with green beans, squash, potatoes, and carrots from the garden. As eating solely from the garden is my main goal, these two nights gave me all sorts of joy 🙂

supper(This is the 5yo’s plate. Clockwise from the top: kale salad w/raisins & apples, bean burger on homemade whole wheat bread, steamed pole & bush beans, roasted potatoes, oven fried squash (just egg & bread crumbs for breading). We eat simply but it was all very yummy 🙂 Seconds were had by all!)

Head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week across the country 🙂


10 thoughts on “Harvest Monday

  1. Sandra Shumaker

    Katie, Aunt Sandra makes homemade bread using sourdough starter recipe and substituting about 1/3 whole wheat flour to bread flour. Have been hestitant to add more. Would love your recipe. Love your vegetables!

    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      I do just regular whole wheat bread – 4.5c whole wheat flour, 2t salt, 1.5c hot water, 1/4c honey, 2t gluten, 1T yeast, & 2T ground flaxseed (this makes 2 loaves). i want to start doing sourdough but i am nervous – send me what YOU do when you get a chance 🙂 maybe i’ll have the guts to try something new 🙂

  2. City Girl

    I’m envious of your harvest and can’t wait until I have my own. I think I might up my carrot planting though. We go through tons of carrots. And send some of those blueberries my way! I swear we eat blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries by the ton!

    1. newbiegardengirl Post author

      All of my summer veggies have been very slow to mature this year. I thought maybe it was all the mulch (BTE) but I think it’s more the fact that this summer has been unusually rainy and ‘cool’ (normally we’re in the 100s and we haven’t reached the high 90s yet). I’m always afraid I’ll be overrun with harvests so I try not to plant too much all at once but I haven’t had that problem so far! My kids never stop eating!!! 😉

  3. Patsy

    Beautiful harvest! It is always interesting to me to see the different times things mature in different areas. My blueberries are just starting to come in as yours are finishing up. My green beans are just starting too, because my first planting failed to sprout for some reason.

  4. Nancy Davis

    Your blueberry harvest is just wonderful! My lettuce is getting bitter too. I have a little coming on and planted a little more today. Sometimes we can’t help but buy from the store but just do our best! Wonderful that you are teaching your daughter to garden and then buy the veggies from her. What a wonderful learning experience for her. I harvested my first cuke today and sorry yours rotted. Nancy

  5. Stoney Acres

    A beautiful harvest this week! The blueberries are awesome!! Gallons!! Don’t tell my wife she will be jealous. We love blueberries but you can’t grow them in our Utah soil.

    We have pretty much resigned ourselves to only have carrots in the spring, fall and winter. I can’t seem to get decent carrots past about mid June!


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