Monday, July 25, 2011

weekend harvest - seeds

We don't have too many pictures of veggies to show off this week.  We had a couple groups of friends who came to visit the garden last week.  We had fun walking around the garden.  Everyone tried their hands in harvesting veggies and took home the harvests.  And, of course I forgot to take pictures of those harvests.


 I did take pictures of the harvest for Saturday night dinner.  The cucumbers are slowing down.  The tomatoes are ripping faster than we are picking.  On Saturday and Sunday, we picked tomatoes both in the mornings and the afternoons.

oxheart carrot

This big fat carrot was one of the only two seeds that came up from my failed seed sowing in March.  The other one I picked too early so there wasn't much of a carrot.  Then I kept forgetting to pick this one.  I chopped this one up and cooked it in soup.  It was nice and sweet.  This variety is Oxheart.  They grow very short and fat, so they are good for heavy clay soils.  We don't have heavy clay soils.  I just like to grow different varieties for fun.

Although we don't have too many edibles to show off this week, we do have some non-edible harvest to share.

stargazer lilies

Here are some stargazer lilies we harvested for cut flowers.

common chive

saving chive seeds

I let some chive flowers go to seed so I can plant more next year, although I think there will be some volunteers next year.  There were a lot seeds dropped to the ground.  The seeds were kind of a pain to collect.  It was hard to separate the dried up mini flowers from the seeds.

celery seeds

saving celery seeds

I have a monster celery plant going to seed.  It's been there since last year.  I harvested some of the seeds last Sunday.  I can't wait for the rest of the seeds to dry up, so I can dig up the plant and grow something else there.

I had a much easier time collecting these seeds.  I just used a fine sift to separate the debris from the seeds.  I heard celery seeds can be used as seasoning for cooking.  I'm going to give it a try.  I guess you could count these as part of the edible harvest.


Graziana said...

I can't believe that giant root is a carrot, it's amazing! I never heard of Oxheart carrots, I have to look for it, I also enjoy to try always new varieties (it's like an addiction...)

SuburbanTomato said...

Lovely seeds - I must really try and collect seeds from my chives this year.....

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

That is a big juicy carrot! Oh is that yard-long beans? I missed them. Here in Oz it is known as snake bean. We had bolted celery last year too. Because of that we had hundreds of self-sowed celery seedlings popping out end of summer. Which was great, since we don't have to sow any seeds. What kind of celery is that?

Daphne said...

Wow that is one huge carrot. I wonder how much it weighed. Probably more than any carrot I've picked from my garden.

Sherry said...

Hi Graziana, I agree growing new varieties and new plants are addicting. I think I've seen Oxheart seeds at a few places. I got mine from Sand Hill Preservation Center.

Thanks, Suburban Tomato! Saving seeds still feels like a chore to me, but I'm trying to be better about it.

Hi, Diana! Yes, those are yard long beans. It's fun to watch them grow. I hope we'll get some celery volunteers next season. The seedlings I started this year died (it was actually my fault since I didn't take good care of them). The celery variety is Tall Utah 52/70 Improved.

Haha, Daphne. I was surprised when I pulled the carrot up. I thought about weighing it, but I was in a hurry to make dinner.

Thomas said...

I really need to do a better job of saving seed. It's hard when you have limited space and you have to pull plants to make way for fall planting before they've gone to seed.

Sherry said...

Hi, Thomas~ I know what you mean. It's especially hard with biennial plants like celery. I had to look at it for more than 1 year.

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