Monday Harvest – Sept 9th 2013

Broad beans floweringSpring has arrived and with it some warm weather and lots of flowers.  Some of them welcome, some a little less so.

The welcome include the citrus, blueberries and broad beans.

The citrus are at varied stages of development at the moment.  I have kumquats which set during winter and should ripen soonish.  I have kaffir limes ripe at the moment.  The mandarin and finger lime are yet to flower but the lime, lemons and orange all have lovely smelling blooms opening at the moment.

The broad beans have just started to set pods.  I am really looking forward to them this year – as you will see from the paucity of photos in this post, I need some new crops.

The less welcome flowers include the lettuce, parsley, Cavolo Nero, kohlrabi (bolting prior to reaching harvestable seize in some instances) and the turnips, most of which I pulled today.

The turnips are D’Napa and the seed came from L from 500m2 in Sydney.


For more plentiful harvests head over the Daphne’s Dandelions and check out this weeks round up from around the world.

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17 Responses to Monday Harvest – Sept 9th 2013

  1. There’s always the odd ugly turnip, isn’t there! How do you find the taste? I love the scent of citrus flowers too.

  2. Shawn Ann says:

    sounds like you have a great variety. A lot of stuff most of us can’t grow in our regions. I love the smell of orange blossoms too!

  3. Stoney Acres says:

    Oh how awesome it would be to have citrus!! Just too cold for it here! Enjoy your spring, our fall is just starting to settle in here, frost will be coming soon!

  4. Patsy says:

    I would love to be able to grow citrus! But can only enjoy it vicariously through your blog. Enjoy your spring! It’s such a beautiful time, full of gardening promise.

  5. I’ve fancied growing kumquats but it would have to be as a houseplant. How big do they grow?

  6. Sarah says:

    There are lots of broad bean flowers on your plants – you’ll probably be starting to harvest the beans round about the same time as I’m planting seed to overwinter for next years crop.

  7. Sharon says:

    Your broad beans look great, mine havent started to flower yet. I am also having my winter crops starting to go to seed too! I have discovered that the young flower sprouts of the cavolo nero are great to eat raw and cooked.

  8. Barbie says:

    It always surprises me how different the broadbeans look…They are so pretty in flower!

  9. Louise says:

    Your broadbeans look fab. Mine are a very long way off flowering!

  10. Daphne says:

    Those broad beans really look like they are going to produce a lot for you. Mine looked like that this year and it was the best harvest of them I’ve ever had. Usually they really struggle here.

  11. Michelle says:

    Your broadbeans look great. Do you ever eat the young leaves? Yum.

    It is tough going at the start of spring, there’s so much promise and so little to harvest.

  12. mac says:

    Beautiful broad bean flowers, the plants looks so lush and healthy.

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