I have had four harvests so far, and its all super exciting, and all wonderfully satisfying. Today was by far my favourite and most anticipated harvest. But lets take the journey in order of actual harvesting.
Above are three radishes, two different styles, they were the first thing to be harvested (as anticipated as they only have a 20 day growing period). The smaller pink one was the least hot, the round white ones had quite a bit of bite to them.
I sliced them thinly and made a simple radish salad.
Next my lettuces are just taking off like wild fire. I grew cut and come again style lettuces not heading lettuces so I could cut and come again a few times a week for our lettuce needs. Here they are in the garden, in poor light, as mostly I run out at 4:30pm to water and take photos before the sun goes down. But it really is a bad time to actually photograph lettuces.
Here they are in a bowl with some black kale in the back. I shredded these lettuce leaves and we had them on tacos. So nice and fresh and tasty. I sliced the black kale finely and sauted it with olive oil and garlic the night after for dinner. It has to be one of my favourite vegetables. Ive had two harvests of about this size, the other we used on burgers! YUMMM.
Here are my beautiful zucchinis. This handsome (my zucchini prefer male pronouns, I mean look at him..) devil was picked today, and next to him you can see some of his brothers growing and being just awesome. I feel like this plant just doubles in size every night its so green, lush and producing! I had considered maybe doing the zucchini flower stuffing thing, but in my mind, it’s such a smaller amount of product that requires more additives to make a meal than the fully grown fruit.
Here is my largest kale plant. The dreams this thing has inspired in me. Living in Australia, kale is not a common leafy vegetable to buy (I’ve never seen it available, even at the few farmers markets ive been to). I have been planning smoothies, chips, soups, stews. Kale you make my cooking dreams come true! If it does not bolt to seed during the long hot summer, this baby will last from now through to next spring.
Sometimes kale and zucchini like to be placed into poses and photographed very badly in poor light, but artistically arranged. It’s a green thing.