Monday, October 31, 2011

Harvest Monday - October 31, 2011

As you have probably read about on so many blogs in the eastern US, we got snow. But it wasn't as much as Robin who lives in Pennsylvania or Thomas who lives in eastern Massachusetts. We are so urban, and the city holds a lot of heat. We only got about two inches. And as you can see on the brick path, much of the snow melted as it hit. The plows didn't even come out in our town.

Last week was the last of my CSA so this week I was just picking enough for myself. I brushed the snow off the Asian greens row cover and picked a few plants. Some tatsoi, white stemmed bok choy and some Shanghai bok choy. I like to pick for the week when it is so cold outside. In the morning especially I won't go out in the cold. If I make eggs and there are greens in the fridge, I"ll use them. If not I'll eat them plain. So I have to make sure the fridge is stocked.

The Asian green patch is now in a new mode. In the last few weeks I thinned it out, making sure I picked enough from every row that the other plants had room to grow. I sent the extras to my CSA and to my townhousemates. This week I tried to pick what I would eat for the week. It has become cold and in a couple of weeks the ground will freeze. Recently this has been happening around mid November. Last night was a freeze (as I write the temp is 27.8F). It will unthaw during the week, but I'll soon have to get the plastic hoop up. The cold weather means the plants will stop growing. They will hold in the ground just fine for a month or two. At least that is the hope.

Last week was also clean up week. I got all the bean trellises taken down. There were two varieties that had some beans that hadn't dried on them. So they were shelled to be eaten fresh. These were runner beans and Cherokee Trail of Tears beans. The smaller green ones are the same varieties, but the beans just hadn't matured yet.

  • Beans 1.31 lbs
  • Greens 1.70 lbs
  • Weekly Total 3.01 lbs
  • Weekly Spent $0
  • Yearly Total 538.19 lbs
  • Veggie Garden was worth $1178.81
  • Fruit 1.87 lbs

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.

32 comments:

  1. Your Asian greens look great! Mine are still in the basement as I got them started a bit late and didn't want to put them in the cold frames before we left.

    You are so lucky that you didn't get hit hard with that awful storm!

    Hey, I think Mr. Linky is a bit winky. All the links from last week copied over.

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  2. I'm struggling to get my head around just how cold it gets where you are. It never gets down as low here as its already getting where you are and you've not yet hit winter. It makes all your gardening efforts so much more impressive!

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  3. Whoops. Thanks Robin. I fixed Mr Linky.

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  4. Colourful beans so pretty. Your Asian green stems always look so juicy.

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  5. It's too early for snow. Glad you didn't get hit too hard. You greens look picture perfect.

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  6. Hello Daphne,
    Not sure how many inches of snow we got I think it is somewhere between 8 - 12 inches. Fortunately I did not lose power. Need to take care of 3 fallen trees.
    Will see what survived in the garden when all the snow melt sometime this week.
    I am so jealous of your gorgeous looking Asian greens.

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  7. We missed the brunt of the snow gladly since another power outage like we had with Hurricane Irene would have been the pits.

    I actually had a tiny harvest so I could link on here this week. I may get some tiny bok choy out of the garden this week though I see we got our first frost this morning.

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  8. You are fortunate to have been spared the worst of that early winter storm. Still, it appears winter has made it's grand appearance already.

    Those asian greens are picture perfect. I lost most of my fall asian greens to the slugs. I have more coming along for a super early spring harvest but will be missing out on them for the fall as a result of my slimey garden friends.

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  9. Snow.. your winter greens will be all that much sweeter now. We'll see snow who knows when. It may freeze here in the next month, though November is the wettest month of the year in the northwest.

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  10. Sustainably ModernOctober 31, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    It's great to see that harvests are still coming! My fall garden hasn't started producing yet, and this will be the (near) last of my summer harvest. Can't wait to see how far these harvests go around the country / world!

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  11. Beautiful Asian greens!!! Do you have an absolute favorite? One of those you-have-to-try-this-variety-above-all-others!?! I'd love to know :-) Happy Monday, and Happy Halloween!!!

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  12. The snow avoid me here in the mountains this past weekend with only a dusting 3 morning in a row however the frost didn't. Wish I too could have a fall crop here but it would never make it. I am sure the ground will be frozen hard within the next week or 2.

    Enjoy your garden as long as possible. Love seeing the pictures.

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  13. Good luck with the storm and the cleanup. It is so early for that much snow!

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  14. Wow - You have snow - and we havn´t got any Yet here outside Stockholm! Hope that it will pass fast! Really lovely Asian Greens and beans today as well! Love the pictures from Your garden! Have a really nice day/evening! :) Mia

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  15. The greens look nice. The snow looks early. I was glad to hear that the snow wasn't going to be making it out this far. Too much work in the garden left to do!

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  16. Sorry your beans didn't get there this year. My late season ones didn't fair well against the rain and rust.

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  17. Well I guess winter is finally here. We have yet to see any snow here in the west but it's in the forecast for later in the week. :(

    It's great that you grow so many Asian greens, you harvested more this week than I planted. We are big lettuce fans so our cold frame space is mostly taken up with lettuce.

    Another great harvest keep up the good work!!

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  18. Bee Girl, sadly the one I love above all others died earlier and I never got to harvest it. So sad. It is Michihili Chinese cabbage. I also love Choy Sum which I totally forgot to plant this fall. But in general Asian greens are all slightly different and all very yummy.

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  19. Daphne, I have never grown any Asian greens but your pictures sure do make me want to try.

    Glad to be linked up once again with Harvest Monday!

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  20. Hope your early snowfall is not a sign that you're in for a really bad Winter.

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  21. beautiful greens! Its nice to still be able to pick something from the garden even though there is snow :)

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  22. Hello Daphne,
    Oh, you have snow??? We got snow on 18 of Octobre last year, but this year it is much warmer. Phew!

    Lucky you to have Cherokee Trail of Tears beans! I ordered from England this spring, but did not get them. I did get another heirloom though, Mayflower, and they came out great!

    Have a great week!
    Charlotta

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  23. Hi Daphne,

    I'm passing the Liebster Award on to you. I love your blog and Harvest Monday. Thanks for providing all of us with a place to show off our hard work and to learn about what other gardeners grow!

    http://shanonhilton.blogspot.com/2011/10/sharing-liebster-love-again.html

    --Shanon
    (@foodfarmhealth.ca)

    ps. It's hard to believe that you got snow before us in Canada!

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  24. Wow.. 2 inches still seems like plenty of snow for October! Your Asian greens look yummy. I'm inspired to try growing them.

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  25. Too early for snow this year. Your greens look lovely.

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  26. Brrr, looks cold. HOpe you wrapped the veggies up.

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  27. Your harvest looks fresh and green and purple. I am amazed at the produce you post every time.

    Here we don't really get that good harvest. The only consolation is, we don't have any snow. it is hot hotter and hottest!

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  28. Your white stemmed bok choi looks amazing, I think I will try it soon.
    I love to grow asian greens in autumns too, I harvested komatsuna, mizuna and semposai this week.

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  29. Daphne — any tips on using those gorgeous Asian greens? I'm especially wondering what to do with my Tatsoi now that it's gotten beyond the salad stage... And thanks for hosting this great group!

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  30. diaryofatomato, my favorite way is to put it in chicken soup. All you need is stock flavored with a bit of soy sauce. Get it boiling. But the leaves at the bottom of your soup bowl and pour the boiling liquid over them. They cook just about perfectly that way. I'll put them in stirfries. And I also put them in scrambled eggs along with some onions and mushrooms.

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  31. Thanks, Daphne, you've inspired me with all of those delicious suggestions to go out and harvest some right now!

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  32. If I don't link up this time I'm done trying :o(

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