Monday, November 15, 2010

Harvest Monday - 15 November 2010

Fun Jen right, Bok Choy left, Tatsoi and Chinese Broccoli behind

This week saw a basket of the oldies but goodies. Are you getting tired of seeing the same basket of greens every week? I'm not getting tired of eating them yet. I have a ton still in the garden. I still can't eat it all myself though. I always send some over to my townhouse mates. Caroline will come over asking if I have anything to go into soup or spaghetti sauce and I'll say the only things coming out of the garden right now in excess are Asian greens. Please, please take them.

This week was a bit of a change since I also sent over a lot of lettuce and parsley. The rock wall garden was getting hit constantly where the lettuce was planted. I would say about once a month it gets hit. So we put up a couple of posts to keep it from happening. And we got the wall repaired. Which means they had to take it apart and I had to pick all my lettuce from that section. One parsley plant got pulled too, but I still have one left.

And it was clean up week. I took down the beans and got a lot of shelling beans in the process. I've never cooked with scarlet runner beans before. I haven't a clue as to what they taste like either. Also on the list, but no photos were some peppers. The frost didn't really take them down. It killed a lot of leaves, but the lower leaves that were more protected survived. I pulled them all and picked what peppers remained. I forgot to put them into my sidebar tally. I'll fix that next week. But they are in the tally below.

So far the garden is still going strong. We have had only one frost hit the garden. Saturday night I saw frost in the morning on some of the roofs, but not much. It didn't get my garden again. The weather has been so nice that we have been speculating that winter just isn't coming this year. Will this be the first year I bring Asian greens to Thanksgiving? Last year was abnormally warm too and I brought red lettuce, but I didn't have the abundance of Asian greens that I have now.

  • Beans 1.52 lbs
  • Greens 2.99 lbs
  • Herbs 0.80 lbs
  • Peppers 0.36 lbs
  • Spent this week: $48.00
  • Total harvested this week 6.76 lbs
  • Total for the year 333.66 lbs
  • 2010 Tally $953.62

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.


  1. Lovely asian greens again. We're eating the same things out of the garden right now too. However we are getting the regular frosts so I want to eat what's there while we still can. I know we'll serve brussels sprouts at Thanksgiving but wondering if we can find a way for kale too :)

  2. I never get tired of seeing your greens, or mine, or anyone's! I've never cooked scarlet runner beans either. I'd be interested in how they turn out. They are beautiful to look at.

  3. I have some Sunset runner beans still on the vine I need to pick and harvest and cook up as shell beans. The plants have been surviving so well into our late fall that I have been kind of experimenting at how long they will hold up in the cool. They really are a cool tolerant variety of bean.
    I am definitely not tired of seeing your asian greens. You have more variety going on in your garden than I do at the moment. Pretty much parsnps and carrots and kale for me - with an occassional handful of raspberries, and small harvests of spinach, swisschard and lettuce. We are in our wet and gloomy fall period so the greens are literally stopped in growth for the time being. I have to be careful to not over harvest them. So your abundance of greens is very appealing!

  4. My fall lettuce plants have done absolutely nothing. They have been so slow to grow. I think it might be a fertility issue.

    Yours look great though! The only Asian green I have left is Mizuna.

  5. I never get tired of looking at your Asians greens. We just love them! The only greens that I have in the garden right now are Mustard Greens.

  6. Keep the greens coming, they are an inspiration! I really need to be better organized for fall harvesting net year.

    I am also curious about the scarlet runner beans, I planted them late primarily for the pollinators/humming birds and got some beans but never got around to cooking them.

  7. Hello Daphne,
    What a great, green harvest! Today I had to show an old post (again!) as the wheather is so cold and there is almost nothing to harvest. Hopefully I will manage to harvest some leek next Monday;)
    Have a nice week,

  8. Your harvest looks a lot like mine this week, except for the beans. Good job!


  9. Mr. Linky isn't working... so here is a link to my page.

    I'll check later to see if I can add it them.


  10. I know that speculation as it's been nice round here to but we've had plenty of frost nonetheless and winter hasn't failed me yet!

  11. Oh, I want to move to Boston! I'm still getting lettuce, chard, and kale, but only from the greenhouse, and only because it's been a long, slow, warm fall here in Montana. And I've never gotten bok choy to do anything except bolt. Maybe it likes humidity. Anyway, lovely greens.

  12. Everything looks so good. I have never tried any of those greens before. Maybe it is time to try! How do you use them? I'm afraid my garden is getting close to being done for the season! Maybe I'll get a couple more harvest Mondays in!

  13. WOAH! Lots of lettuce - looks nice. I harvested the final on my shell beans this weekend too.

  14. Nice harvest. I only have Swiss chard left to harvest.

  15. I never get tired of seeing your harvests of greens - they are my favorite!

  16. I'm not tired of seeing your beautiful harvests. I wish I had managed to sow some lettuce this fall, I really miss it right now.

  17. Those beans look so great!

    As for me- we harvested the last of the Kale and closed down the plot for the year. I'll be back at the gardens just as soon as I can be in the spring!
    This first year was a great learning experience and I can't wait to use it as a stepping stone to greater success next year!
    Keep up wiht the great harvests, i'll be watching and planning for next time!

  18. Who's hitting the wall (I presume with a car)? Your people or random people driving down the road?

    I can't wait until we can thin some of our lettuce - should be within 2 weeks. I remember this past Spring I was so tired of salads that I wished the lettuce would just die, but now I'm ready for salads again :) I suppose that such is your food world when you're eating seasonably....

  19. Nope, I love seeing your greens. So healthy and yummy looking.

  20. The greens are gorgeous anytime! I haven't harvested a darn thing this week, but I'll happily live vicariously through you.

  21. Frost in Edinburgh. Not so many greens left but plenty of root vegetables.

    p.s. For swedes read rutabaga, known here as "neeps".

    (Like your bean post too)

  22. Emily, I'm trying to eat as much as possible too, but there is only so much I can eat. I know I won't be able to eat it all, but I'm going to try.

    villager, they turned out pretty well. I wasn't in love with the recipe I used, but the beans were good.

    Laura, I noticed the scarlet runner beans that I had didn't really die in the frost we had. They were pretty sad, but not dead like the other beans. I wonder if that species is just hardier than regular beans.

    Thomas, I didn't even plant mizuna this year. Well I did at the old house, but not here. I miss it. It was a pretty purple variety and made the salads look pretty.

    Robin, I tried growing mustard greens one year and they were the only ones that just wouldn't live. So I gave up and went with the other greens.

    Ali, they cooked up well as shell beans. They were very tasty. I think they would make great dips too. I wish I had enough to try multiple ways of preparing them.

    Charlotta, we are supposed to be cold my now. Usually my ground starts freezing in the middle of November, but with only a single frost, I'm not having many issues. Strange year.

    Mary, well it looks like you got it up. Sometimes Mr. Linky freaks out and doesn't work. It isn't a perfect solution, but when it works it makes things so easy.

  23. Ottawa Gardener, no winter always comes. I've been looking closely at the forecasts. It looks like they don't agree at all. We will probably be right on the edge of a cold front. If it reaches us the ground will freeze and if not, we won't even have a frost. I'm going to be watching closely this weekend. I'll want to pick a lot if the freeze really comes.

    Kate, Well we do have enough humidity here. We can't get rid of it. If you think about opening a container of crackers they will get stale. If that is why they do well here, I guess I can say there is something good about it. Personally I could live without it.

    Shawn Ann, I stirfry them, use them in soups and salads. I love them. They make great fall fare.

    Barbie, the lettuce was very tasty, but it always place second to my Fun Jen. I love its mustardy taste in salads so it gets top billing.

    keewee, thanks

    EG, mine too. Well in the summer it would be tomatoes, but in the fall Asian greens are my favorite. And broccoli but I didn't plant any of that.

    michelle, mine almost didn't get in, but I finally got my act together. I'm glad I did.

    Fred, I'm glad your first year was so good. A community garden must be a challenge. I had trouble taking care of the garden at my old house once I moved in here. Such a pain to have to get there. If I could walk to it, it would have been another matter.

  24. Foodgardenkitchen, everyone hits the wall. My husband has done it once. My townhouse mates have done it a couple of times. And others have done it too. It is a really tight place to turn. Our biggest issue has been keeping people off the yard area. It isn't planted up and people think they can just drive on. Now I've got those reflective little posts in so they know not to drive into the spot where my peach trees will be planted next spring. My townhouse mates do take out a lot and the drivers are terrible. But we also live at the end of a dead end that has no turn around, so our driveway become where everyone turns around. Hopefully we have fixed the issue. The biggest problem is that the rock wall is too short to see when backing up. Now with two four and a half foot pots sticking up it ought to be ok. I'm hoping.

    Grafix Muse, thanks

    The Mom, lol I'll live vicariously through Thomas come winter. I can't wait to see his hoop house in action.

    Mal, thanks. I've figured out most of the translation between US English and the other ones (including Australian English). When I first started reading blogs I was always trying to figure out the different veggies. I've never heard of neeps though. That is a new one for me.

  25. All your veggies look so pretty and fresh and crisp! Good work!

  26. Technical question: Do you have to put your name and URL in the boxes below the list of names for Mr. Linky for each Harvest Monday? I had joined Mr. Linky previously, but my name wasn't on the list today. If you're the viewer, are you not supposed to see your own name? Thanks!

  27. Veggie Pak, The assumption is that each week you have another harvest so the URL will change. So if someone visits on Thursday instead of Monday they will still have the correct link (as opposed to a general blog link that will show the latest post). Each Monday is a new set of links. Not everyone joins each week either so for the weeks you want to join you have to add a new URL. Once you add your link, you should be able to see it. Sometimes it take a minute to update though and sometimes you have to refresh the page to see it. Usually not, but occasionally.

  28. Thank you for clearing that up for me.

    Veggie PAK