Sunday, June 15, 2014

A Late Spring Harvest

 This week's harvest included the most perfect Napa cabbage I've ever grown.  It still wasn't the mother of all cabbages, but at least it had a solid heart and remained untouched by slugs.  My winter density was starting to develop a slightly bitter tang - typical for this time of year.  So I picked the lot to enjoy while we still could.  We are also starting to get snow peas, which is proving to a go-to snack for 6 year olds.

 The garlic scapes are currently at their best.  Who needs asparagus when you have these beauties.  The are great in a stir-fry and you don't even have to mince any garlic. 

The kale harvest is still going strong.  It's such a work horse vegetable - grow a few plants and you will never go hungry.

10 comments:

  1. That is a gorgeous Napa cabbage. For me it isn't the slugs that destroy mine, but the earwigs. The cold winter seems to have set them back though. I do see new ones hatching though. I ought to check my cabbage and see if it can be picked yet before they find it.

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    1. Hi Daphne, how do you know when Napa cabbage is ready for harvesting? I have planted Napa cabbages. They seem to have big leaves that open up like roses instead of forming a solid heart like Thomas' cabbage. I wonder if they are ready for me to pick if no heart is forming. Thanks!

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    2. You can eat the leaves that aren't in the heart. I certainly do it often enough. Most of the time (but not all) given enough time they will form a heart. Sometimes they bolt before they do if they are stressed or don't have time before the heat hits. And some years I just pick whenever so I have something to eat before the earwigs shred everything. The outer leaves are coarser and not as sweet, but still good. Thomas, have you ever picked your Napa before it has headed up?

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    3. Thank you, Daphne. I am a new gardener and I have really enjoyed following both your and Thomas' blogs. They are wonderful resources for new gardeners.

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    4. I do pick Napa before it heads up and agree that's it not quite as sweet. Plus the outer most leaves can be kind of prickly. One thing's for certain - it's definitely a temperamental veggie to grow - kinda like cauliflower.

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  2. That is a lovely Napa cabbage! I have a sort of fear of anything that forms a head - cabbage, heading lettuce, cauliflower, etc. - they just seem so difficult to grow. I'm sure one of these days I'll just get over it and give one of these a try.

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  3. Lovely cabbage! Slugs and sowbugs usually have a field day with mine. And I agree with you about the kale. So versatile, so productive, and healthy as well!

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  4. Nice harvest, it seems only yesterday you started your new garden and now you're harvesting already.

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  5. Wow that is a perfect cabbage!! Looks great. We love kale too, it's nice to always have it around to supplement the slow times in the garden.

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  6. That is a beautiful napa cabbage. Slugs aren't a problem in my garden, but I have a lot of sowbugs, and powdery mildew always seems to be a problem on my Napa cabbages. I like that pitcher that you have your kale in, it would make a very pretty centerpiece.

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