Monday, June 6, 2011

First winter harvest and a jicama

Keeping up with winter colours, our veggie garden has given us white colour vegetable to harvest such as daikon and snowball turnip. Other regular harvest are snow peas and yellow cherry tomatoes. We also harvested our last angled luffah for this year.
Harvested some sweet corn and chili last week.
Ilhan had some buttered sweet corn for breakfast.
Clearing up old plants in container which is not productively producing last weekend. We were surprised to harvest some sweet potato tuber that were invading carrot container. Due to that, carrots were so much smaller than sweet potato tubers.
Da Cheong Chae look so terrible from pest attack that I pull out all of them. Bitter gourd still produce female flower but the fruit won't grow that big so I harvested them last weekend. Clearing up the containers with unproductive old plant for new planting given us some leeks and spring onions. We don't usually allocate space for spring onion usually inter-planted them with other plants.
End last spring, we sowed jicama (sengkuang/yam bean) seeds for the first time in our veggie garden. The sad thing that direct-sowed seedlings on our patch that received full sun all day died on the first heat wave of 40+degree Celcius.  Jicama plants that survived are growing in containers which received only morning sun. As we had already enter winter, jicama plants does not look good. So I am a bit worried at the moment whether we actually have some tuber to harvest or not. Moreover, I worry if too much rain will make the tuber rot if we don't harvest them quickly. So last weekend, gently I moved the soil away from one jicama plant to see whether we get any tuber or not. Surprisingly, the root went very deep, I had to dig about 20cm deep to finally see some white root. Our first home-grown jicama and look like a top.

See other gardeners around the world harvest this week at Daphne's Dandelion Harvest Monday.

23 comments:

cikmanggis said...

kebun cm terbiar:(....sibuk sangat tapi Maryam Alice Richardson sangat baik..tido sepanjang petang tadi...Ilhan minta sikit jagung tu..nampak sungguh sedap:)

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

I love seeing your harvests! Please show us what you do with a luffa, I'd like to learn how to cook it! IS it anything like okra? I love daikon in soup.

Charmcitybalconygarden said...

Wow. Lovely harvest. The daikon looks lovely. Can you freeze it to store?

Allison at Novice Life said...

Lovely harvest! Your corn is beautiful!

kitsapFG said...

What an interesting group of items in your harvest basket this week! Especially for an end of season, first harvests of winter.

Why I garden... said...

Always a joy to see your colourful harvests & read your interesting posts. Food for thought! Kelli

One said...

Being kiasu, I shall let you know that I just harvested a dragon fruit, a papaya, lots of lemon grass and pandan leaves as well as daun kesum today. I gave the last one to a neighbour, the rest to my Mom. I only have the dragon fruit with me now. Didn't even cross my mind to capture all of them together. Even if I did, they would look insignificant compared to yours.

Cat-from-Sydney said...

MKG dear,
How do you cook the jicama? Ours would go as popiah filling (julienned and stirfried) or as one the veges in acar rampai (together with cucumbers, carrots, chilies and onions). Or...eat raw with asam powder. yumm..... In Sydney, we could get them at the Chinatown or Cabramatta. purrr....meow!

Barbie said...

Jicama raw - in salad or in sushi!

villager said...

I wish we could grow jicama, but our season is not long enough. I'm going to try daikon this fall though, yours look great!

Mark Willis said...

I was also going to ask about how to cook / eat the jicama, since it's not something I have come across before. You must describe your recipes for it for us in due course.

Robin said...

You always have the most interesting and beautiful harvest. Ilhan looks like he is really enjoying the sweet corn.

Malar said...

That's very fat Daikon! My radish always looks so thin and poking out of the soil. Any idea?
Ilhan must be have enjoyed his fresh from garden breakfast!

shaz said...

Yay! You got sengkuang, boleh buat popiah :) Great harvest. And please don't shy-shy ok? You are so very, very welcome to join our Muhibbah Monday, please ? :)

Stephanie said...

I love your corns!!

CathJ said...

So good to harvest from own garden.. love to see all the veggies.. :)

Sue@Green Lane Allotments said...

You have such a long cropping season you're so lucky

rainfield61 said...

I do not think I can have such a good harvest.

Jody said...

Harvesting from your garden is like shopping at a high end produced department -so exotic! It's been a long time since I've had a slice of jicama, but I love it. Very nice stuff.

Daphne said...

Beautiful harvest. I love the jicama too. I wish I could grow it here, but really there is no chance of that.

Jennifer@threedogsinagarden said...

It is always fun to read about and see your harvests.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Cikmanggis~ Ibu dan baby nya dah balik rumah ke?

Mrs Bok~ Nothing like okra although it is also known as chinese okra. It is not gummy at all like okra. More similar to zucchini but more sweeter. The middle meat is like a sponge so it absorb flavour really good in stir-fry and soup.

Charmcitybalconygarden~ I am not sure whether we can directly freeze them. I have not study on preserving daikon yet;-).

Allison at Novice Life~ The corn was a bit shorter than standard market size.

kitsapFG~We were lucky that we can grow all year round because we are close to coast so we don' get frost.

Kelli~I enjoyed reading your blog too. I am still amaze with your cabbage container.

One~Your dragon fruit is more exotic than any fruit in our garden.

Cat-from-Sydney~I have not the time to eat my jicama.Oppss...I was just planning on cicah with kuah rojak. I have not eaten a jicama at all this year.

Barbie~ They good eaten raw:).

Villager~ Good Luck with the daikon. That jicama were left grown for 7 months.

Mark~I like to eat jicama raw. It is usually in "Rojak" dish.

Robin~I have to remember to freeze some of the corns.

Malar~Is the soil too hard? Or grown too closely together?

Shaz~I wonder how to make popiah basah? hehehe...tak pandai. Thanks will join in Muhibbah Monday.

Stephanie~They good eaten raw too.

CathJ~Ada rezeki jugalah kebun kami ni :).

Sue~The plant can survive through winter as long we don't have frost. In the hill which is not far from where we live experience frost in winter. But we on the plain and so near the coast are lucky to escape frost in winter.

Rainfield61~Boleh..boleh...

Jody~jicama is so juicy and refreshing eaten in summer.

Daphne~Growing sweet potatoes were much easier than jicama. We were lucky that jicama produce tuber although it is small compare to the ones in market.

Jennifer~So far our harvest been daikon...daikon...daikon ;-).

tina said...

You have harvested so much. It looks great!