My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Harvest Monday

assorted cherry tomatoes
It's been quite awhile, but I'm going to try to start linking back up with Harvest Monday Harvest Monday is a great blog hop originally started by Daphne at Daphne's Dandelions. She has passed the hat to Dave but still a great blog hop and great way to see what folks all around the world are harvesting.

For those coming to visit from Harvest Monday, I used to participate when I just grew veggies for myself. Now I have expanded a lot and grow for a couple of small farmers markets. So some things are coming in much larger quantities.

summer squash; I have 10 different varieties
Lancinata or Dinosaur Kale

I have a lot of summer squash varities; a generic zucchini plus, Black Beauty, Gold Rush, Mexican Grey and Tondo, a round Italian variety. Green and yellow patty pan plus one called Scallopini. Early Straight Neck. The Trombonccino haven't started yet as I got them in later than usual.

Right now I am growing 2 kinds of kale, the Lancinata plus Scarlet, which is a pretty red frilly one.

herbs and flowers
Marigolds and zinnias

I have a lot of herbs; most of them don't sell very well fresh, which is weird. People are more inclined to buy dry. So I take fresh ones to market and dry the leftovers. Four kinds of basil; Italian, Lime, Lemon and Thai. Curly and Flat Parsley. Lavender, Lovage, Oregano are all coming in now, tho the lavender is about done blooming.  I sell small bouquets mostly of zinnias and marigolds but also other things as they come along, like yarrow and calendula. I grew a lot of dahlias for the purpose but am still experimenting to see how to keep them from wilting right away.

So harvest totals from June 18-25;
6-21 squash 5 pounds 
         Leeks 10 ounces
6-22 Scarlet kale 5 pounds
         Lancinata kale 6 pounds
6-23 cherry tomatoes 3 pounds 4 ounces
        Squash 80 pounds 0 ounces
        Leeks 4 pounds 12 ounces
        Potatoes All Red 5pounds 10 ounces
                     Belinda. 8 pounds 6 ounces
                     All Blue 7 pounds 5 ounces
Squash 85 pounds
Kale 12 pounds
Cherry tomatoes 3 pounds 4 ounces
Leeks 5 pounds 1 ounce
Potatoes 21pounds 4 ounces
Total Harvest 125 pounds 9 ounces


  1. Good to see you back on Harvest Monday Mary! It's odd that the fresh herbs don't sell well. There's so many that I think are just better fresh, like basil and parsley.

  2. That is a *massive* harvest. I'm in awe.

  3. It's astounding the amount of food you're able to grow in the desert. The squashes and kale are amazing and your flowers are just lovely.

  4. Interesting to hear what sells and what doesn't... surprised that folk don't buy herbs fresh as I would have thought they'd be very popular. We are growing a lot more cut flowers now: dahlias seem to last well if kept in water, so maybe taking them to market in deep buckets?

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