Monday, 1 October 2012

Harvest Monday & Salad Days

Plenty to harvest ............................Joining in with Daphne's Harvest Monday


Cabbage leaves, Silver beet, spring onions,parsley, leeks and green garlic.

Although this particular Italian cabbage didn't produce heads it has continued to produce tender young leaves and stalks which I have been harvesting most nights and enjoying it steamed or as tonight chopped up small and added to fried rice. 

Was surprised today when about to harvest some rhubarb, a huge flower stalk developing..............
Not sure what to do ..........Should I cut it off  ??

                                                      

  Each month I have also been joining in with Veg Plotting and Salad Days                                                     

 This has proved to be a great challenge and has inspired me to keep planting 
a variety of salad greens...................


I've found red oak leaf lettuce tolerates the cold well also in the salad spinner is young beet leaves, rocket, mizuna and young spinach leaves.
Fresh new growth on a few herbs, mint, lemon thyme, chives and parsley are also a welcome addition to salads.                                                   


Woops nearly forgot......Egg count last week, 36 eggs !!!   used in.......

Scrambled eggs, Lemon butter and bread & butter pudding (yum)

21 comments:

  1. Your leeks look beautiful and absolutely huge! How long have they been in the ground for?

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    1. Thanks Liz, I planted the leeks as seedlings the first week in March into a brand new garden bed with lovely fresh soil and they haven't looked back. Peter Cundell says October is the best time to plant them.............

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  2. What beautiful greens! Gorgeous leek too!

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    1. Thank you and they were mighty tasty!

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  3. That is such a pretty salad mix. I bet it was tasty too. I would cut away the flower stalk of the rhubarb. The plant will put all it's energy into reproduction rather than producing fat stalks to harvest otherwise.

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    1. Those tender new salad leaves are so sweet and tasty,cut down that flower spike this morning!

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  4. What a nice variety you have there!

    Yes, chop off that rhubarb flower. It won't hurt it and your rhubarb stalks will grow stronger once its energy is focused back into them and not on that flower :-)

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    1. Yep chopped off that stalk.........it was hollow and smelled really nice.

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  5. Nice variety of green in the salad.

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    1. Thanks Norma, really like the flavor of the Mizuna added.

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  6. Hi Andrea - our oak leaf season is drawing to a close here and like you I'm finding the red oakleaf is holding up better in the cooler air.

    Glad to see from your comments you've cut off your rhubarb flower - you'd have severely weakened your plant if you hadn't.

    Thanks for joining in this month. NB I'm amending your link to the URL for this post rather than the blog URL you've given. That way I can still find this post from Mr Linky once you've written newer posts than this one.

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    1. Hi VP, planted out lots more lettuce seeds over the last couple of days, even hubby(red oak is his favorite) now heads out to the garden to pick leaves for his sandwiches for lunch, never thought I'd see that day !!!

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  7. Off with her head! (the rhubarb flower). This year I had several flowers come up and used them in a display, however strange they looked together with some tulips.

    No Harvest Monday for me - too busy weeding and pulling up dying plants. I did plant out young silvebeet seedlings (about 2 inches /5cm tall). Do you think I'll have something substantial enough to harvest by December 1st?

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    1. Hi Rowena, silly me I threw the flower stalk in the compost didn't think to put in a vase! Silver beet grows quite well in the cooler weather so I'm sure you will have some to harvest come December.

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  8. nice looking harvest! I think you are supposed to cut off the rhubarb flower unless you want to try your hand at raising some from seed.

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    1. Hi Mary, chopped it off and will now give it a feed of rotted manure and encourage more of those lovely red stalks, made my first batch of rhubarb marmalade last week and its quite tasty.

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  9. It looks like you've been collecting a healthy harvest from your garden. Wow 36 eggs in one week is a lot of eggs to get through. We've got a bit of a collection here too I'll have to choose a few recipes when I do the menu planning to use up some of my eggs. :)

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  10. Great harvest, pity the cabbage did form heads, but at least you've managed to use some of the leaves anyway. Cabbage in stir fry is my new favourite thing, so I think in fried rice would be lovely too.

    Not sure what to do about the flower head on the rhubarb, but I'm sure you'll figure it out.

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  11. good tip about the red oak leaf lettuce. The freckle lettuce goes gang busters around here. So many eggs, yum. We just had baked eggs for dinner, soo good.

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