Monday, April 25, 2016

Greens Harvest - Week #3

On Saturday I managed to find a window between the rain showers to harvest some salad greens. As I lifted the row cover from the first bed, I discovered that the Wasabi" arugula had bolted. It wasn't a complete shock, thanks to a warning I received last week from Dave at Our Happy Acres telling me arugula was quick to bolt when temperatures rose.

It was a little frustrating though, since I hadn't even harvested any yet. So I took some small scissors and cut what I could away from the bloom stocks. I couldn't resist popping two small leaves in my mouth to see if this really, truly did taste like wasabi. The answer quickly came as my mouth caught fire, my nose begin to tingle, and I started coughing. It tastes exactly like wasabi! My sister, the heat lover of the family agreed. She did comment though, once she mixed it with other greens and poured dressing on the salad, she could no longer taste the wasabi flavor or feel any heat. What a fun variety to experiment with. Thanks Territorial Seed!

The greens have really started to come on this week. Just two weeks ago it was difficult to pick enough for 3 small dinner salads. Today I could pick that amount from any one of the three raised beds.

 Along with my garden helper Padma, we harvested:

  • "Heirloom Cutting Mix" Lettuce - 1.7 oz
  • "Charger" Spinach - 1.7 oz
  • "Sweet Greens and Reds" Lettuce - 2.0 oz
  • "Catalina" Spinach - 2.3 oz
  • "Wasabi" Arugula - .2 oz
  • "Renee's Baby Leaf Blend" Lettuce - 1.7 oz
  • "Mild Mustard Mix" - 1.0 oz
  • Total Harvest - 10.6 oz.


Michelle said...

That's the biggest problem with arugula, it's too quick to bolt! Did you taste any of the flowers? They're delicious too. Beautiful salad greens, they look so perfect.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Those are some lovely greens! I grew the Wasabi arugula a couple of years ago and it was indeed spicy like Wasabi. Like you say, it was nice when mixed with other greens, or made into pesto.

Phuong said...

Three beds of salad greens sounds magical, and the young leaves look so tender. Usual it goes straight from cold to hot weather here, so lettuces and especially spinach don't do well.

Margaret said...

I can't wait until I have some green to harvest. I'm growing arugula for the first time this year, although it's just the regular type. Our spring has been all over the place in terms of weather - lots of ups and downs - and I'm hoping that it doesn't end up bolting prematurely. BTW - LOVE that harvest basket!