Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, 4/13/11

8:30 AM, Mark and Bruce harvested 45 Red Sail Lettuces (about 16 lbs) from the Auxiliary Garden of Grace. Heads ranged from 10 to more than 12 inches in diameter and were pest free. Seedlings for the lettuce were planted February and were transplanted 35 days prior to harvest today. 

It was raining at 10:00 AM when work was to begin at the Garden of Grace. Judy, Janis and Bruce harvested the following: 2 lbs of White Icicle and Easter Egg radishes; 10 lbs of Southern Giant Mustard greens from B3 and B4 (a large plastic bag full); 2 grocery bags full of White Ribbed Chard (roughly 8 lbs from A2 and 4 lbs from B4 (several of the A2 plants are bolting); 2 grocery bags of Vates Blue Curled Kale about 12 lbs (axial buds were visible on most of the plants which may prove to be the first sign of bolting) ; about 20 lbs of Goliath Broccoli (mostly secondary florettes and broccoli leaves from beds AB7 and AB8.

In general, the Goliath variety has provided large primary efflorescences and fairly heavy secondary (6 to 10 ea.).  Also in general, the broccoli in beds AB 7 and 8 are smaller than those in B2.   

Note: This contrasts with the winter crop harvested in late November which produced very large primary efflorescences (4 to 5 inches) and hardly any secondary. Winter Diplomat were harvested in December about 2 weeks after the Goliath and were giants at 5 to 6 inches in  diameter.

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