7.19.2012

Spring Peas... and the first Wednesday Weigh-In!

I got home from work super late on Saturday night to find this:

Noooooooo!

So sad!!!  Our almost 7 foot tall peas had collapsed and just about taken the support with them.  I guess it was about time.  I had seen yellowing and wilting on several vines, but I didn't want to face reality... fresh peas are so darn good!  But, alas, further inspection revealed that many of the vines were starting to die back and I couldn't find any more flowers.  So I did what any self-respecting gardener would do.  I bit the bullet, yanked those babies out of the ground and harvested until my little fingers were green!  45 minutes later, this is what I had:

That's 6lbs 10oz of peas, baby!!!  Oh, and more collards.

While I was super bummed that my glorious pea season had ended, the incredible yield made up for it!  I was also particularly pumped to actually use my Chinese market basket!  I'd been harvesting about of pound of food at a time... certainly not enough to necessitate a giant basket, but this was a whole different situation.  It was finally time to break out the biggie!!!  FYI, this beauty was picked up at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show two years ago.  I can't remember the name of the company, but the shop owner travels to China yearly and purchases old market baskets.  He brings them back, repairs any damage and then sells them at the show.  I've seen him every year for the past four years and he always sells out!  Keep an eye out if you go!

Anyway, my huge haul got me thinking... I need to start posting the harvest weight!  Granted, I'm working with a city lot, but I've packed a lot in and it's really fun to see how it all pans out.  So here it goes... 

2012 Harvest by Weight:

Lettuce: 3lbs 11 oz

Parsley/Herbs: 1lb 1oz (this is super hard... I pick so many little sprigs here and there.  I'll try to keep up as best I can.)

Sugar Snap Peas: 11lbs 1oz

Strawberries: 16 (These only ripen one or two at a time so they are gobbled up quicker than can be documented.  Oh those little fingers... Sigh.)

Collard Greens: 4lbs 12oz 

Scallions: 3oz

Broccoli: 5 oz

Carrots: 4oz

Yearly Total:  21 lbs 5oz  

Not bad for a small city plot!  Just goes to show you don't need massive acreage to provide ample fruits and veggies for your family.

How about you?  Have you weighed your harvests?  Care to join in the weekly weigh-in?

xo, k

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