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Saturday, 19 July 2008
Luscious lettuce, chard
Topic: chard

I've been harvesting salad greens and cooking greens for only two weeks now.  I carefully tear off the biggest leaves only.  Instead of thinning and throwing away lettuce and chard, I transplanted the extras to where my sad cilantro and zucchini are languishing.

I harvested some cilantro from plants I had started indoors, finally, adding zest to the salad.  The cilantro I seeded directly is still too pundy to bother with.  One zuke plant has one female flower open.  Good luck on that getting pollinated!  But the local farmer's market had excellent quality zukes for cheap, so I know it can be done here this year, albeit 50 miles north in the warmer Matanuska Valley where that produce came from. 

The rhubarb and sorrel are happy, anyway.  It's a good year for perennials, not annuals. 


Posted by gail_heineman at 6:57 PM YDT
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Sunday, 16 September 2007
May be last Chard harvest,
Topic: chard

It may freeze tonight so I ran out and gathered all the zuchinni (poor puny little things) and a grocery bag packed full of chard.  I didn't have the heart to pull the chard plants so as usual I just picked off the biggest leaves, just in case it doesn't freeze hard tonight.  It's been a good year for chard.  Many of them were transplanted on top of salmon carcasses.  The largest plants were in the sunniest bed.  I think in previous years I've been starving and shading my chard. 

The kale this year is doing fantastic, whereas in past years it just did well.  It seems to be less picky than chard.  It enjoys a light frost so although I have much more to harvest, blanch and freeze, I didn't pick any more.  I have enough chard now to keep us fed for a few days.

Posted by gail_heineman at 2:07 PM YDT
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Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Burying salmon, bolting spinach, first Chard harvest
Topic: chard

I buried the salmon carcasses from Sunday's fishing in my raised beds, where some of the plants were not thriving.  If they're not happy by now they won't produce this summer.  Goodbye arugula, Caserta squash, and strawberry spinach.  I transplanted some overcrowded kale and chard into the cleared soil atop the fish.

My spinach bolted so I harvested it all.  When the days turned shorted, there it went.  Bolting is a problem with greens here, and is why we're so limited on varieties that produce well.   

Last night we had our first Chard meal.  It was mostly Lucullus with some Rhubarb chard.   The Lucullus grows the fastest of all the varieties I've tried, but it's also the mildest, almost too mild for cooking.  I'll have to try it raw next time.  The chard is definitely light limited, because this first harvest is from my sunniest bed.  

Posted by gail_heineman at 11:57 AM YDT
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