Monday, January 23, 2012

Harvest Monday - January 23, 2012

Yup I've got nothing again. Which isn't too surprising. The ground is frozen solid. All my tunnels are down.

And the garden is blanketed in a layer of snow.

It is pretty, and I know my spinach will be happy for the blanket, but it doesn't make for good harvests. I am using up things from the pantry. My son has been home so I've made him ham and bean soup, with dried beans, carrots, onions, celery, and herbs from the garden. He does love soups.

I think today or tomorrow I'll make some beef stew with some of my canned tomatoes. I've been eating small bits of tomatoes and peppers recently and have been OK. (For those that don't know, I've had solanine/solanum poisoning since last August.) I do have trouble if I breath in a lot of it. I made chili for my husband one day and reacted rather strongly. But a few tomatoes in some stew ought to be just fine.

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.

28 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you are able to enjoy some tomatoes and peppers in small doses. The garden looks so cozy under its blanket of snow.

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  2. Thank you for the seeds at Christmastime. I planted some of the tomatoes. Today's post has some pictures of what they look like now. They are really great seeds. 100% germination.

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  3. Happy to learn that you can now enjoy a little tomatoes and peppers. Enjoy your beef stew.

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  4. I'm always amazed how varied your weather is - ours is tame by comparison. Glad your able to eat the occasional toamto again.

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  5. Glad to hear that you are able to finally eat some of it. I think that cooked is going to give less of a reaction in general. G/L!!!!

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  6. Good news that you are able to add back small amounts of tomatoes and peppers. I assume you will not have a big patch of tomatoes in 2012?

    The snow looks beautiful. We had an even deeper cover of it ourselves this past week, but the warm up has arrived and it is all but melted away already.

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  7. There's a lovely calm that comes in seeing the garden "resting" under a blanket of snow. As a "bi-coastal" gardener, I remember. Thank you for sharing pictures of your garden. Susan

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  8. Sustainably ModernJanuary 23, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    The snow looks beautiful though. I'm from the south, so I wouldn't care to be harvesting in that weather anyway....much too cold to be out!!!

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  9. Over here in the UK we are getting off lightly compared with you folks. A bit windy, a bit of rain, but nothing dramatic - certainly no snow here in the South.
    I've harvested very little this week for two reasons: firstly I don't have very much available in my garden; and secondly my wife went crazy with the Buy One Get One Free offers on the fruit & veg in our local suprmarket, so the fridge is bulging!

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  10. I'm so glad you're able to enjoy a few tomatoes and peppers here and there!

    The snow is gorgeous, and you're right, the spinach will be happy for it! I wish we'd get some snow here...we've had quite a dry winter and it's making me a bit nervous for the coming year!

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  11. In San Diego, we have had a couple storms pass through and are finally getting some rain. It has been a very dry winter so far. Cheers!

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  12. Nothing but eggs harvest for us this week as well. This is the slow time of the year for those of us with snow!

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  13. Daphne, it looks like you have more snow than I do on the ground. We are to get ice and rain today so will have even less. Do be careful eating those tomatoes.

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  14. I wish mine would eat soups:( Or beans. Or veggies. My fault; I know and accept. Sigh.

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  15. Rain today, 80 by Thursday. I wish mother nature would make up her mind!

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  16. What a peaceful view of your garden. Thanks for your last post on planning, it has been helpful. I hope you enjoy the break from the garden and your son!

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  17. The snow looks beautiful, even if it isn't good for growing veg. I actually miss that; a snow covered landscape, but you can't have it all.... 34C here again today, hot!

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  18. Your garden looks so pretty with the blanket of snow. I've been wishing for snow here, last year we got a lot of snow (for SC) and this year we haven't seen a flake. Enjoy your tomatoes and peppers in small doses and hopefully you can build up of tolerance to them again.

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  19. Excuse my ignorance, but why will your spinach like the snow? No experience with negative temperatures here - I struggle to get enough chill hours for apples!

    This week I continued to get more pumpkins and beans - on the cusp of corn, eggplant and tomatoes.

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  20. I'll bet your having a great time with your son. Belle happens to be visiting her mom this week too. I'm also glad to hear your slowly beating the solanum poisoning. It just ain't right that a gardener like you should suffer for gardening.

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  21. Just mud and snow here. I love it when the gardens are covered in a blanket of snow. So pretty.

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  22. Mmmm soup, a nice comfy chair and a good book and you don't feel guilty because you can't go out into the garden for all that lovely snow.

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  23. The snow is gorgeous, I wish we had some!

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  24. I would love to have a copy of that spreadsheet! I'm not to good at making things like that from scratch, tho I know enough to be able to tweak and copy them as needed. I love it when it snows here; we just get a few snow storms a year then it all melts off. But when it storms it is so quiet and peaceful. Like the whole world is meditating!

    I did my blog post this morning and opened your page so I could make the link in my post, then forgot to come back and put my link into Mr Linky!

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  25. Harvest time will come back soon!

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  26. Laura, no I won't have a big patch this year. Last year it was three beds or a third of the garden. This year I'm debating between one bed and half a bed. I'm not sure yet which one.

    L from 500m2, They will like the snow because it is a blanket. When we get cold weather here(-12 to-23C). The plants struggle. In addition it keeps them from freezing and thawing too much. so it protects from the warmer weather too. Spinach is pretty hardy though. I expect it to live, snow or no snow.

    Mary if you want a copy, email me and I'll email it to you. I warn you how it is all linked up does make it a bit hard to make changes for some things.

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  27. I used to live in NJ for about 4.5 years. It's funny how you get so used to the snow that it doesn't bother you but I wasn't a gardener then so I can't imagine the torture of not being able to see anything green outside my back door! Spring will be here in a few months for me, hopefully it won't be long for you! xx

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  28. Enjoy your soup and have a nice week. :)

    Lynn

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