Monday, November 21, 2011

Harvest Monday - November 21, 2011

Mini Napa Cabbage, Carrots, Chrysanthemum Greens.

Sugar snap pea is still hanging in there.

Lots of pea flowers and no pods, I decided to harvest the pea shoots for greens instead.

Fall and winter crops, a little bit of each:  various cabbages, mustard, chrysanthemum, 
spinach, kale, broccoli, turnips, daikons, beets, chards, carrots, lettuces, and radishes. 

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions, drop by to see what other gardeners are harvesting around the globe.


  1. Looks tasty!

  2. Sustainably Modern,
    Thank you.

  3. That Napa cabbage is beautiful! I wish I was able to grow them as nice.

  4. Mac you grow the prettiest napa cabbages! What is your secret? Inquiring minds want to know. :D

  5. Thomas, kitsapFG,
    I don't have any secrets in growing napa cabbage, I think they like fall weather, I haven't been able to grow napa in spring, the leaves won't wrap to form a head, I'm still trying to find a variety that would head up in spring.

  6. nice looking stuff! I haven't tried pea shoots yet, maybe this year...

  7. Are the crysanthemum greens from the same sort of plant that people grow for flowers? How do you cook them? Beautiful pictures as always.

  8. Mary,
    Thanks, tender pea shoots are very good in salads.

    No, they are not the same but from the same family.

    Edible chrysanthemum aka gardland chrysanthemum, botanicallly Chrysanthemum coronarium or Leucanthemum coronarium,
    please see --

    I use the greens for hot pot, stir fry dishes, or salads, it is interchangeable with spinach except it is more aromatic and "herb" flavor.

  9. That cabbage looks beautiful. I so miss having mine this fall. Maybe next year I'll plant them in more than one spot.

  10. Hello Mac,
    How I would love to have some freshly harvested pea shoots. Your fall/winter crops look great. How long is your growing season?

  11. Daphne,
    Thanks, sorry you didn't get your napa this year, hopefully you'll have some next year.

    Thanks you.
    If I'm diligent and play it right I can grow some veggies year round. Last winter I had savoy cabbage, napa cabbage,spinach, kale, chard, piracicaba broccoli, and green onions overwintered without any problem, they were on hold pattern during December-January, then they wake up around Chinese New Year and put out new growth again.

  12. Lynn,
    Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving.

  13. Mac - I just tried my first Hami melon. It was soooooooo delicious! I was amazed by how crisp and sweet it was. I was wondering where you did you get your seeds?

    I might save some from this melon even though chances are it's a hybrid. It will be interesting to see what grows.

  14. Thomas,
    I think most of the Hami melons are hybrids and I don't know where to find open pollinated seeds. Last year my Hami were grown from storebought melon, I saved the seeds and grew them, they tasted just as good, they are good keepers too, I still have some in storage which I harvested 3-4 months ago, I've completely forgotten about them until you mention it, I should pull one out tomorrow and see how it taste.

    Bakers Creek 2012 catalog has an Ubesk melon which is greenish round with with flesh, that's a Hami variety, I plan to try it next year.

  15. Thanks for the info, Winnie! I'm glad to hear that it tasted just as good. The brand/variety I bought from the Asian market is called Hami Gold and it was soooooo good. The rind was a golden brown but I've seen other varieties that are spotted green. I love the crispy texture and it was very sweet like honey. I heard they were good keepers too. The one I bought was grown in Arizona.

    It'll be interesting to see what grows from the seeds. Do you recall the maturity time of the seeds you grew? Were they later than your other melons? I wonder if there's enough summer here for them to grow well.

  16. Thomas,
    I tasted the CA grown Hami Gold last year and I used the seeds from the fruit, you shouldn't have any problems in growing it.

    I direct seeded Hami and Sierra Gold cantaloupe on May 20th, Hami sprouted before first, on July 9th I spotted a bb Hami, and the cantaloupe bb fruit was spotted on July 20.
    I harvested both Hami and cantaloupes in mid to late August.

    FYI, I pickled some immature and bb Hami melons, they were good, crunchy and tasted like pickled cucumbers. I did it Asian style --- soy sauce, sugar, rice vinegar.
    So don't throw away the bb fruits when you clean up your summer garden, you can get more out of them.

  17. Hi from Australia,
    After tasting hami melons in China, I bought seeds online and have them growing down by the creek. I'm now wondering how early they can be harvested (so far, all I've got is the flowers!)? Will they ripen aftr they're picked? As there are possums and bandicoots living in the bush, I'd like to pick them as early as possible. Any suggestions?

  18. Jilly,
    Welcome and thanks for visiting.
    No, hami melon will not ripen if pick immature, I think it has to be at least 80% to maturity before you can harvest it, otherwise it will not develop the sweetness which it's so famous for.
    I don't know how to discourage the possums and bandicoots except to erect some kind of cages or put fencing around the growing area, or maybe trap and relocate them far away from your field. Good luck with your melons.