Monday, January 14

Monday Harvest

As we went to the plot this weekend to gather in some fresh vegetables I though that I'd take a longer break from my seed choice posts to join in with the Monday Harvests that many of you post about.

I know ours was a Saturday Harvest but hope that you will allow some literary licence.
Our harvest is what you would expect at this time of year, except for the tiny cauliflower that we found. This is a late summer cauliflower rather than an early winter one.

I was happy to see that we still have quite a few sprouts left for picking and that these are showing no sign (yet) of blowing. I'm glad we came across Crispus the club root resistant variety as before this our sprout growing often ended in tears.

The cabbages are Kilaton, the seeds of which were sown in April and planted out on the plot in June. We started harvesting them in November.

The leeks - Blue Solaise do not have long shafts of white as we don't earth them up or use collars to blanch them. This isn't something we bother with. Once the young plants are popped in the planting hole they are left to get on with growing!

The carrots - Autumn King and parsnip - Gladiator have been rinsed but we don't give them a 'proper' clean until we are ready to use them. We find that the roots seem to keep better this way. They are left outdoors under cover in a bucket. Some of the roots may be a strange shape but we grow them to eat not for decoration and are not as fussy as the supermarkets!

We have a section of our website where we keep a tally of what we harvest each month and have just started the list for January 2013 here Our 2012 harvest list for each month can be accessed from Harvesting 2012 on the navigation bar at the top of this page

More Monday harvests can be browsed at Daphne's Dandelions


Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author S Garrett

29 comments:

  1. Your harvest looks fantastic. It must have been quite cold working out in the garden at the weekend!

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    1. WE just picked, rinsed the veg a bit - that was a cold job - and came home, Kelli

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  2. That's a great harvest. It makes me want to strive for better things this year.

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    1. I guess we have the space to just grow a good variety, Jo

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  3. harvest looks delicious :)

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    1. So far the sprouts were Dewberry - leek and potato soup to make next

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    2. I've never tried leek and potato soup yet, but I heard it's very tasty. I must try it some time.

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  4. What a great harvest, I'm so jealous.

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  5. Wow,very impressive,I have just checked my seed store so I know what needs stocking up and will be trying some of the veg you grow.

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    1. Hope they are a success for you flowerlady

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  6. Excellent winter harvest. The leeks are gorgeous - plump and delicious looking. We also do not blanch the leeks as I like the combination of the white and some green sections when cooking. Beautiful variety this week in your harvest.

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    1. Hi Kit - We don't believe in making work for the sake of it, there's plenty of other things to do!

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  7. WOW, impressive carrots! Then again right now I'd be impressed with A carrot. LOL. Got to get replanted soon.

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    1. Hi Barbie, We had one of the giant carrots for dinner today. One carrot serves two of us and was still tasty and sweet. It would have been rejected by the supermarkets.

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  8. What a beautiful harvest you have there! Much more than we get over here in January and I think everything looks picture perfect! I grow that same variety of leek, but don't think I've ever had any get so plump and large.

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    1. Hi Nutmeg do you dibber a hole and plant in that

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  9. Your leeks are majestic. We grow garlic easily but leeks just never work for us. I suspect that soil is to heavy...

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    1. Our soil is heavy clay too L&R maybe it's the variety

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  10. Yep, the classic British Winter veg combo. You can't beat it! Cries out for a hearty soup or stew.

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  11. That's handful of harvest! I feel energize now to tend my garden! ;)

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    1. Still too wet and cold here to do any tending Malar

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  12. Your leeks are quite something to behold. Mine never seem to get very thick at all so maybe I'll give that Blue Solaise variety a try as I garden on heavy clay too. I'm not even going to mention how your sprouts put mine to shame...

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    1. We have club root, Jules and had trouble growing sprouts until we found a club root resistant variety

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  13. That is a grand looking harvest Sue, the only things I am able to harvest at the moment are salad leaves! Maybe next year.

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    1. It's now a case of how long things survive on the plot, Janet

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  14. That is a really lovely harvest. I've yet to grow parsnips, but I'm hoping to find a small spot for them so I can try them.

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    1. Parsnips are really worth the space they take Daphne - even thought they take up the space for a long time.

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