October 15, 2018

Harvest Monday, 10/15/18

The kale plants seeded in March are still with us. Nero di Toscana kale is pictured here along with thinnings of various pak chois.

White moth caterpillars have been a menace this year. I've had to spray with Bt, an organic method of control, multiple times throughout the season. October's temperatures have finally dropped, so hopefully the moths won't be around much longer.
I had already started destemming the Galega de Folhas Lisas kale and trimming the Tall Top Early Wonder beets before I thought to take some pictures. The leaves on this kale are ginormous and the tallest plant is five feet tall. This variety of beet is extremely slow growing, it was planted in June and these are the biggest specimens. It's probably a combination of flea beetles and our hot weather that stunted them.

Both varieties of kale are growing in the shadiest bed. I find them extremely tender, although we don't eat kale raw. They mainly go in soups or just simply sautéed with eggs.

The plan is to harvest sweet potatoes next week if the soil dries out enough. And the Siam Queen basil has been hanging on, we've been eating tons of it in pho. So good, especially with added shrimp which isn't authentic, but delicious nonetheless.

Please join us for Harvest Monday hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres.

12 comments:

Sue Garrett said...

I’m fascinated by the way you call things that we classify as butterflies, moths. What do you judge the differences to be?

Eight Gate Farm NH said...

Nice harvests, Phuong. Do you find kale grows best in the shade? Is that a function of your hot summers?

michelle hamer said...

My summer beets are sizing up really slowly also but it certainly hasn't been because of heat but they do seem to be fighting a powdery mildew infection. Your kales are really good looking.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Lovely greens! I'm amazed your spring planted ones are stiil going. The caterpillars have been bad here too and I've had to spray Bt. I'm growing that Galega de Folhas Lisas kale too, but I didn't plant mine until August so it's just now getting big enough to eat.

Phuong said...

Hi Will,
I do think it helps them with our heat, so the leaves don't get tough and they don't end up bolting. Lettuce and Asian greens don't seem to go to seed as fast in the shade as well.

Phuong said...

Hi Michelle,
Mold has been pretty bad here as well. It killed off most of the turnips in the first planting, but the second planting that was spaced further apart seems to be coping better. Your badger flame beets look amazing. Did you find them sweeter than other varieties?

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
The caterpillars loved that kale much more than the nero kale. The big leaves of the Galega de Folhas Lisas are fun, I'm going to try a Portuguese kale soup with it soon.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
I'm not sure why they call it a moth since it doesn't look like most moths. Maybe because it's little. I'd never actually seen the cabbage butterfly before moving from the desert. Kentucky has a lot of insects I've never seen before.

ediblegardens52 said...

Beautiful kale!

Phuong said...

Hi ediblegardens52,
They're actually really tasty varieties.

Endah Murniyati said...

Lovely harvest!

Phuong said...

Hi Endah,
Thank you. The garden is definitely slowing down, so it'll mostly be leafy greens and root crops for the fall/winter months.