March 26, 2018

Harvest Monday, 3/26/18

Spinach picked on Sunday. We grew two varieties of spinach, Harp and Clarinet, both are F1 hybrids which overwintered without any protection. The leaves are large and amazingly tender. They've really started to grow now that it's gotten warmer and the days have lengthened a bit. Harp has serrated margins and a long stem, making it easier to pick and the stems are nicely crunchy and juicy.

We've been eating the spinach in salads as well as soups.
Corn salad picked on Sunday. The corn salad overwintered without protection as well. This variety is Coquille de Louvier and has a mild flavor, but it's already starting to run to seed. Even so, leaves are very tender and we've been enjoying them in salads, soups, and sandwiches.

The same bed that has the spinach and corn salad is also home to Red Russian kale. The kale had died off during our sub zero weather, but came back from it's roots and should reach harvestable size in another week or two. Everything else in the garden was killed off.

Lots of spring seedlings are growing in the greenhouse. I'm hoping the ground will dry out in the next couple of weeks so we can start planting. Pepper seedlings are starting to form their first true leaves, and tomatoes are just starting to germinate. Fingers crossed things go well.

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


Michelle said...

Wow, that's some hardy kale. I've never heard of it coming back from the roots. But then, it doesn't get cold enough here to kill it. Your spinach looks great. My overwintered spinach never did size up and now it's bolting already.

Jade said...

What a wonderful harvest! Their pictures already tell how delicious and tender they are.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Beautiful greens! The corn salad really looks yummy. I haven't started any yet and I need to, it's so good for salads.

Sue Garrett said...

I want to try and get some spinach growing this year. We've only recently decided we like it"

Phuong said...

Hi Michelle,
It's amazing that your peppers and tomato plants lived through the winter. I wished more of our greens had made it through. Harp spinach is actually meant to be winter planted and it did surprisingly well for us.

Phuong said...

Hi Jade,
It's been great having something to harvest during the winter. The spinach and corn salad were definitely tender and hopefully they'll keep producing for awhile longer.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
It's been an incredibly wet spring. I keep starting seeds and wondering when we'll be able to plant them in the garden. I forget how good corn salad is in a salad, I'm hoping they'll self-seed easily in the garden.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
There's so many different varieties of spinach out there, and the modern hybrids are quite excellent. I've tried to overwinter spinach before and this is the first time they haven't been killed off.

Lucy Corrander Now in Halifax! said...

I have just started an allotment in West Yorkshire, England. I have seedlings . . but the ground is going to take ages to warm up because we keep having snow. More forecast for tomorrow. It's very frustrating. In part I need to get used to later springs (having moved North from the south coast of England) but the whole country is getting off to a cold start this year - or, rather, not getting round to starting at all! Your spinach looks very enticing. I'll have to find out about corn salad.

Phuong said...

Hi Lucy,
It sounds like you're having a cold winter. Snow in April is a terrible thing. I can't wait for spring to come and get planting underway.