We meet again for another harvest report during the month of January. After a few very cold nights in the 20's, temps have now returned to their normal range for this time of year. Currently the temperature is 47 degrees at 7 o'clock in the morning. A welcome change from those really cold nights!
Here's what I have to share with you about my garden this week:
The plants look so good that I thought I'd include some pics of them before the harvest.
Don't they all look nice?
Here is the harvest for this week. Two pounds six ounces of garden fresh, organically produced broccoli! Yum!
Here are two pictures of the broccoli plants that had the heads harvested last week. They're not wasting any time in producing more for our table.
I've already decided that next year I'm going to plant more rows of broccoli and a few less rows of collards. I have come to appreciate the versatility of the broccoli in that you can either eat it either raw with a dip, in a salad, steamed, used as part of other recipes, or even simply as a snack by itself. The collards may be used either as wraps, or cooked for a couple of hours with some seasoning meat the traditional way. Broccoli requires far less work after the harvest when compared to collards. I still like collards very much, so I'll always have them in my garden.
Here is a picture of the six 20 foot long rows of broccoli growing in my east plot. The plants look very healthy.
Here are two additional 28 foot long rows of broccoli in my west plot. These plants are three to four weeks younger than those in the east plot. I anticipate being able to harvest broccoli from these in about three more weeks.
A couple of days ago I pulled a dry line down my marconi pepper row and cut off the tops of the bushes at an even height. Next will be some light weeding and shallow cultivating, then the thick layer of compost will be applied to the entire row to hopefully protect the roots from the cold. Due to the forked trunks, I may have to forego my pipe insulation idea and just wrap the trunks with burlap cloth and tie it in place. If this idea works, I should have a very abundant crop of peppers next year. If this idea doesn't work, at least I will have learned something new.
This year I was able to harvest 455 giant marconi peppers that weighed a total of 41.3 pounds. Our freezer is full of peppers. Now it's time for some cooking!
That's all for the harvest report for this week from my back yard organic garden.
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I hope you found the information I have shared with you interesting as well as inspirational towards your own vegetable gardening efforts.
Have a great vegetable gardening day!