Monday, March 5, 2012

Harvest Monday............03/05/2012

I had a couple of harvests the past two weeks. This is a re-run of my last Harvest Monday post. I harvested a small amount of spinach for 'The Italian's" BD dinner last Sunday, February 26th.

The spinach harvest was about 3 oz.
 It was just enough to stuff the flank steak which I posted about on Thursday's Kitchen Cupboard.

The remaining Tatsoi in the cold frame was harvested on Wednesday. The Tatsoi was starting to bolt, even the smaller heads.
"Miss Banana" is checking it out. You know how those nosy cats can be!
The Tatsoi weighed in at 45.5 oz.

After the Tatsoi was harvested, I removed the tops from both cold frames. I also turned off the lighting, which I had on a timer to give the plants 2 extra hours of light during the winter. This will give the cold frames some fresh air and exposure to some colder temps. Hopefully, this will help take care of some of the bugs in there. I will also give them a good dose of DE this week.

Hop on over to Daphne's Dandelions our host of Harvest Monday to see what's going on in Veggie Gardens around the globe!!

38 comments:

  1. Aw it's nice to get spinach at this time of year. I should check out the few plants I have to see if there is anything worth harvesting.

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    1. Yes it is! Even if it's a little bit!

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  2. Oh wow look at that tatsoi. Again. I really need to get a cold frame. I don't have a good spot for it, but I could put it along the foundation. I'm not sure if it gets sun in the winter or not though. It isn't really worth it if the sun is too low to hit that spot. I wish I'd looked in January.

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    1. You really should put in a cold frame this year for next winter.

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  3. Nice harvest for this time of year. Love the photo of "Miss Banana".

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    1. "Miss Banana" always has to check out everything! She is my sweetie pie!

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  4. I actually had a stink bug in the house yesterday. I saw something flipped over on the floor feet wiggling...One of the dogs tasted it and spit it out. I picked it up and was shocked to see it. With this mild winter, I'm afraid we're in for a bad bug season...

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    1. I agree with you about having a bad bug season this year. Our ground only froze on the surface all winter. Hopefully Mother Nature will be kind this year!

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  5. Wonderful crop of tatsoi, how precious they become in winter!

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    1. Thanks Liz, winter harvests are always very precious!

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  6. That's a nice first part of March harvest! The spinach looks particularly nice to me. I am waiting for my wintersown crop to get to harvestable size (I will be waiting quite a while) and Jonesing for some fresh spinach all the while.

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    1. I sure hope that we get a nice big spinach crop this year. Then I can freeze some. There are a few dishes that I have been dying for. But, I need a bigger harvest to make them. I'm trying to presprout some more spinach. We shall see if it is successful.

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  7. Beautiful harvests! I really need to get a cold frame, too! Thanks for the reminder...I can officially add it to the list!

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    1. If you put it on your list, it may get done for this fall!

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  8. My harvests are all pretty similar this time of year. But I'm happy to have them, and I bet you are too! I love those crocus in your header photo.

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    1. I am happy with what ever I can get this time of the year. There's some nice Kale & Collards in the cold frames that will most likely get harvested this week.

      I thought it was time for a nice sunny spring blog pick me up!

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  9. Those greens look lovely. How is the community plot coming?

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    1. Thanks wilderness. I drove over to the new site yesterday. The county has put most of the gravel road down and everything is marked off. I sure hope that they get it plowed this week. Then maybe I can start on the fencing over there!

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  10. The tatsoi and spinach look absolutely gorgeous. Next year I'll have the hoop houses as well. Great work.

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    1. Thanks, I'm sure you are going to love the hoop houses!

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  11. I've noticed it holds really well in the fridge. Hopefully you'll be able to eat it all!

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    1. It does store for some time. I gave most of this harvest to friend of ours. He made some nice chicken patties with tatsoi in them and brought them over for us. They were wonderful!

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  12. So far my spinach is doing ok but my tatsoi bolted already. I think the cold in Dec then the warmer temps in Feb really triggered the bolting. In fact we aren't predicted for less than 40 degrees all week.

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    1. Mary, all of this tatsoi was starting to bolt. This crazy weather is not so good for the veggies!

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  13. That's a lot of tatsoi. What will you do with it? We're getting ready to direct seed spinach and tatsoi in our cold frames. Do you think our timing is right; or are we too early?

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    1. Jody, we gave most of this harvest away. I am just starting some more Asian veggies inside. Check the soil temp in the cold frames to see if it is too early to direct sow them.

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    2. Will do. Thanks. One more question, are you seeding your tomatoes now?

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  14. Robin, Now that's some great looking spinach. Did you save me a piece of that flank steak? I can't wait to get my spinach started, last years harvest was amazing. Robin, forgive me but I don't know what tatsoi is, can you explain to me what it is?

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    1. Sorry, the flank steak is gone!! Tatsoi is an Chinese veggie similar to Pak Choi, Baby Choi etc. The flavor is a little different though. I use it the same as I would use other Asian veggies.

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    2. Robin, Damn, the flank steak is gone :-(
      Thanks for the explanation on Tatsoi, I must search the web and learn more about this vegetable.

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  15. Nice tatsoi harvest! I'm growing pac choi, which I'm not sure how similar it is to tatsoi, but it is also about to bolt. I need to harvest and have no clue what to do with it- this is my first time growing and eating it! Any suggestions on how to store and cook?

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    1. Julie, I have blanched and frozen pac choi in the past and it did well. There are a lot of great recipes out there for pac choi. Norma over at Garden to Wok also has great recipes.

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  16. Your cold frames seem to work really well, I use a very small one to start seeds in but haven't ever grown crops in one.

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    1. This is the second winter for the cold frames and we are very pleased with them. I have only used them for winter growing. I have a portable greenhouse that will be put up shortly over the one small bed here at the house. That will be used for 4 early tomatoes and to house the hundreds of starts when they get big.

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  17. I need to look into adding a cold frame.It certainly adds some months to the growing season. And I love your new header picture! Spring is coming!Bring it on!

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    1. Yes, bring on the Spring!! The cold frames provide some nice fresh harvests in the cold months. We are really happy with them.

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  18. Looks great! Heavy for tatsoi, too. We're going to be having a lot of it this year because my tatsoi seed packet got wet. Wasn't planning to plant the entire thing until that happened!

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    1. I didn't plan on sowing that much tatsoi. But, it did well for us this winter. I think all of us gardeners have gotten a seed packet or two wet!

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