Monday, November 23, 2009

Harvest Monday - 23 November 2009

I had a nice harvest of greens this week. From left to right: three small tatsoi, one 1/4lb bunching onion, komatsuna, lettuce and broccoli. My garden is looking more and more bare, but I still have some left for this coming week. In fact if I inventory what is left it seems like a lot: broccoli, non-heading Chinese cabbage (weirdly the middle of these are still not slug eaten so just fine), kale, spinach, lettuce, bunching onions, leeks, mizuna. It really isn't all that much though, but it is still measured in pounds not ounces.

We've had only one freeze so far, but it was just one night. The ground dethawed fairly quickly that day. Since then we have been having abnormally warm weather. So I could indeed eat my lettuce for Thanksgiving this year for the first time since I remember. I might well do that. I'm still working out the menu for what I'm bringing. I'll be with friends this year and we break up who brings what a little differently than most. I'm hoping to have time to post about it, but it will feature a lot of ingredients from my garden.

Now onto the tally.

  • Alliums 0.26 lbs
  • Broccoli 0.19 lbs
  • Greens 1.40 lbs

Weekly total: 1.86 lbs
Weekly spent: $0
Yearly total: 213.34 lbs
Yearly earned: $735.49

If you would like to join in showing off your harvest, put your name and URL into Mr. Linky below. It doesn't matter how big or small your harvest is. You don't have to count the pounds like I do. If you have had a harvest this last week, show us and join in!


  1. Nice harvest, much more interesting than mine...
    We have also much warmer than usual for late November and we had sun on Satureday a whole day ;-)


  2. Our weather has been unusually warm too and I had to get my sandals out again!

  3. Your greens look nice. Love that tatsoi, will be grow much more of that next year. I have been having slug problems lately, have you used sluggo before or anything else to control them?

  4. Those greens look temptingly good!

    I harvested a bunch of brussel sprouts yesterday and enjoyed them for dinner. They have been sweetening up with the cold wet weather we have been having. Delicious!

    I hope you are able to share some of your lettuces for Thanksgiving this year. Been keeping my fingers crossed for you that this would be THE year that it happened.

  5. That looks wonderful. Great job with the fall gardening, it can be quite a challenge. I had a great harvest from our local farmer's market. I don't have much going in my fall garden. Lots of celery, arugula, dandelion greens and mustard greens.

    Perhaps next year when I have some more garden space I can grow a few more fall items.

  6. Nice bunch of greens for so late in the season. I agree that the sudden increase is daytime temps have reduced the impact of the few frosts we've had so far.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. That is a very good looking harvest. It seems like the komatsuna is very productive. How nice that your weather is being so cooperative! The weather here seems to be pretty normal, maybe a tad colder at night than I remember.

  8. I plan to grow komatsuna, so it was nice to see what it looks like. I also grow mizuna. Love it. This week I harvested collards, lettuce, green onions, bell peppers, chard and sorrel.

    Now on to another subject. Thanks for the Honest Scrap Award. I'm not sure I did it right with the links to my selected awardees, but I finally got it posted. Take a look see.

  9. It's weird that you mentioned slugs and cabbage, because slugs really did a number on mine back in the spring. Have you tried diatomaceous earth to repel them? I may try that next year.

  10. Tyra, a sunny Saturday is just golden. It really lets you get your work done.

    Jan, sandals? Wow. I don't think I'll get my sandals out right now but I've loved the weather.

    Dan, No I've never used sluggo. I might try it next year. I just pick them off and squish them. I leave them for offerings for the birds.

    kitsapFG, I didn't get the salad to make, so my lettuce will be garnish for the appetizer plate.

    Chiot's Run, I have about 1/3 of my garden for spring and fall crops. The bed has to hold the alliums too, but it still leaves plenty of room. The summer crops get the other two beds.

    Sally, Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

    Michelle, the komatsuna seem to be a wonderful crop. It is very productive. I like that I can grow it over the summer too. I just keep putting in new successions. Or I did at any rate.

    Lou, as I was telling Michelle, I love the crop. I'm still debating if I have room in the garden for it next year. I hope so. I may try a relative instead. Loved your Scrap Award post.

    EG, I have tried diatomaceous earth. In fact I used it this year. Its flaw is that it doesn't work when it is wet and this year was just rain storm after rain storm.

  11. Daphne - what do you do with the komatsuna? I've seen it in seed catalogs but have never tried it.

    It's amazing that you still have broccoli side shoots right now. I was so disappointed when mine succumbed to chipmunks/squirrels.

  12. Hey, This all looks great, I've never been able to grow tatsoi without it going to seed but still try because I love it in salads or cooked with soy and garlic. To get you broccolli side shoots do you just leave the plant in once you've harvested the main head? Lovely harvest, Lauren.

  13. Thomas, I use it a couple of different ways. Often it is eaten alone. I'll boil the stems for a few minutes then the leaves for a few. Then I drain and top with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. I've made quiche using just the leaves. And I've put it in stirfries. I think I like it most by itself because it has a unique flavor that can sometimes get lost if mixed with things. My rodents are still eating acorns. My whole back yard is oak and it keeps them busy in the fall.

    Emily, thanks

    Lauren, try it in the fall. tatsoi is a pretty good fall crop. I do grow it all summer long, but it only takes a month to produce. In the summer it is smaller before it bolts, but still good. Yes I just leave the broccoli in the ground. It helps to have a variety that produces good sideshoots. Mineis Pacman which puts out lots of shoots.