May 2010

Full details of weekly harvests at bottom of page.

Week 1: 1 – 7 May

Total for week = £7.04 / 390g

Here we go, the first week: a total of a quarter a kilo of salad, a bunch of radishes and a couple of bunches of herbs.

Well, it’s hardly self sufficiency! But it’s added flavour and colour to our salads and stir fries .Yields should get better in a few weeks time when more containers are  productive – all the salad is currently coming from one 60cm box, picture below.

 

Salad box (half picked) with radish, rocket, pak choi, land cress, and serifon © Vertical Veg

Week 2: 8 – 14th May

Total for week = £4.49 / 310g

Growth on the balcony has been slow, hampered by cold North-easterly winds.

This week’s highlight: my first ever rhubarb harvest! Enough for a delicious pudding for two – as well as a novel toy for my son, Leo. And particularly satisfying as it was grown from seed planted last year.

Leo, Mark and rhubarb © Vertical Veg

Week 3: 15 – 21 May

Total for week = £10.85 / 475g

Harvests are improving with the warmer weather. Pea and bean shoots are particularly delicious.

 

Delicious pea shoots © Vertical Veg

Week 4: 22 – 28 May

Total for week = £8.93 / 800g

The first coriander, what a bright and cheerful herb. Delicious salads, too:

Salad with pea shoots © Vertical Veg

Harvest Details for May 2010

Week 1: 1 – 7 May

Saturday: 8 radishes, 40g pea shoots, 30g salad leaves
Sunday: 50g salad leaves
Monday: 30g salad leaves, 5 sprigs parsley
Tuesday: 50 g salad, 10 sprigs parsleyWednesday: 10 sprigs of mint
Friday: 40g salad leaves, 5 radishes, 5 sprigs mint

Total for week = £7.04 / 390g

Week 2: 8 – 14th May

Sunday 9th: Salad leaves (30 g), Mint (10 g), Parsley (10 g)
Monday 10th: Parsley (15g)
Wednesday 12th: Broad bean shoots (15g), salad leaves (30g)
Friday 14th: Rhubarb  (195g)

Total for week = £4.49 / 310g

Week 3: 15 – 21 May

Saturday: Broad bean shoots (60g), salad (20g), herbs (20g)
Monday: Pea shoots (15g), Radishes (40g), Mint (10g)
Tuesday: Salad (40g), Thyme, mint & parsley (30g), bean shoots (25g)
Wednesday: Pea shoots (20g), Mint (20g)
Thursday: Salad (45g), Bean shoots (15g)
Friday: Salad (45g), Pea shoots (55g),  Mint (10g)

Total for week = £10.85 / 475g

Week 4: 22 – 28 May

Monday: 45g salad; 65g pea shoots; 10g parsley; 15g rosemary; 10g chives
Tuesday: 130g salad; 90g pea shoots; 40g mint
Wednesday: 130g salad; 10g baby herbs (fenugreek & dill)
Thursday: 50g salad; 20g pea shoots; 10g coriander
Friday: 170g salad; 30g parsley; 20g mint; 10g coriander

Total for week = £8.93 / 800g