Monday Harvest 1st August 2011

Its been lovely in Melbourne this week: sunny, getting warmer and lots of veggies.

On Tuesday I was digging over one of my beds when I found these Kipfler potatoes from what must be the third crop in this bed since I sowed the seed potatoes in about September.  This last crop had grown with no direct sun so I have to say I assumed they wouldn’t form tubers but no –  a small side dish for Wednesday’s fish.  Other than potatoes I harvested silver beet which I teamed with Cannellini beans for the soup I posted here.  The thyme and parsley were also used in that dish.

On Wednesday the highlight was these leeks which I roasted.

Thursday brought more silver beet for little silver beet and feta quiches.   Friday and I was making cauliflower risotto which called for celery and parsley (in fact most dishes I make seem to call for parsley….).


The weekend came and on Saturday I really felt like a salad – it must be this sudden onset of relative warmth – so I harvested Carrots, Radishes, Spring Onions, Watercress, Rocket, Parsley, and Mint.

Finally it was Sunday and I harvested my first cauliflower of the year – YAY! – and some broccoli (not pictured) – perfect in a stir fry.  A good weeks harvesting!

For other Monday Harvests check out Daphne’s Dandelions page.

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22 Responses to Monday Harvest 1st August 2011

  1. Melissa (AKA Bee Girl) says:

    Fantastic harvest! I have not been able to grow cauliflower yet! Congrats!!!

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Melissa – I have to admit to being particularly pleased with myself…I liked your harvest too but for some reason the site wouldn’t let me leave a comment. Liz

  2. Barbie says:

    Love your photos. Your produce is beautiful Looks like spring – not winter! Congrats on the caulifower. The first harvest of the year of anything is so special.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Barbie – I really appreciate your thoughts- I know what you mean about firsts – it is exciting, just waiting on cabbage and broad beans from this winters crop now….

  3. Mark Willis says:

    Some great-looking veg you have there! (and nice photos, too!). The Cauliflower is generally considered difficult to grow well in the domestic garden where you can only afford to put in a few, but I reckon yours looks fine. What dish did it end up in?

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Mark – as I really like your photos I’m particularly pleased with your comment. I used that cauliflower in a veggie stir fry but am about to post on a cauliflower risotto I made with a market bought one last week. I do find them fairly difficult to grow – I think because they like lots of space and I tend to cram things into my beds so they don’t always look as happy as that one did…..

  4. michelle says:

    A great weeks harvesting!

  5. Oh dear, now how can you casually drop “cauliflower risotto” in your post and leave us hanging without a recipe? 🙂 That sounds delicious! Your leeks look yummy too…I am hoping to try my hand at growing some.

    • Liz says:

      Hi Hanni,

      Funnily enough I did take photos and plan to write it up later this week so your wish is my command so to speak. I find leeks easy to grow but really really slow depending on what time of the year you plant them – these took about 6 months from seed to about 1.5cm in diameter – they are quicker with Spring planting though – I think……

  6. Daphne says:

    Nice cauliflower. Though I’d love to be harvesting my leeks already. I’ve got the potatoes and I adore leek and potato soup. Though to be honest it has been too hot to eat soup so it is probably best that I’m not getting them yet.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Daphne,

      These leeks took absolutely ages to get even to this relatively small size (about 6 months I reckon) – still they were very nice and I know what you mean about leek and potato soup – Yum!

  7. Shawn Ann says:

    What a great harvest. The potatoes are lovely and so are those peppers. Lots of good stuff for you this week!

  8. Wow, what a fantastic harvest. You are doing really well. I’m not harvesting anything much except lemons, parsley and a bit of spinach in my garden at the moment.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Veggiegobbler – great name by the way – I wish I had lemons….my mums gone on holiday rudely depriving me of my supply and my tree is young so I being good and chopping off the fruit so it can concentrate on growing – just like my book told me to – sometimes I wish I was more of a rebel…..

  9. Haha! The pepper, in the first picture, looks like a 3D version of a ghost from PacMan 🙂 (Blinkie, I think?)

    • Liz says:

      I love that!!! Did they really have names? I feel a quick google coming on – I suspect I may feel silly afterwards though but laughing anyway….

  10. Thomas says:

    Lovely harvest! It must be so nice to be able to garden year round. I particularly like the photo of the leeks.

    • Liz says:

      Thanks Thomas – I think the photo makes the leeks look a lot bigger than they actually were which I’m sure must be good for my gardening credibility or something…..I spent 12 years in London and yes I am very happy to be back somewhere were the climate makes gardening pretty easy really. London you could grow things but you had to try pretty hard compared with here where, with some notable exceptions, most produce is pretty happy.

  11. Sherry says:

    Great harvests and wonderful pictures! You make everything look delicious.

    I, too, have not been able to grow a decent cauliflower. I think it has to do with the timing when I set them outside. I’m going to try again this year. Great job on yours!

  12. L says:

    Your harvest looks amazing and your images are wonderful! I love the vibrant red of the peppers.

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