Monday, November 29, 2010

Harvest Monday - 29 November 2010

Not much got harvested this week. I have plenty of Asian greens still out there, but except for Thanksgiving there wasn't much cooking going on this week. I still have plenty of Asian greens from the week before in the fridge. It is really hard for one person to eat up almost five pounds of greens in a week.

I only picked one bunch of Fun Jen on Thanksgiving. I made a fruity Asian salad. No photos were taken as I barely had time for anything that morning. The above photo is what is still left of that head of Fun Jen in my fridge.

  • Greens 0.63 lbs
  • Spent this week: $0
  • Total harvested this week 0.62 lbs
  • Total for the year 345.58 lbs
  • 2010 Tally $880.94

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. The Fun Jen looks crisp and tasty. I haven't tried growing Asian greens so far, but after seeing all the good looking pics from Harvest Monday this year, I'll try some next year. Any suggestions for a particular type of greens and problems to watch out for during my first try at growing them?

  2. Those are very Spring looking. Beautiful for this time of year.

  3. I really love the look of those greens. They look like a cross between lettuce and cabbage.

  4. Five pounds is a lot of greens to have. I doubt I could eat more than a couple of pounds in a week if I tried really hard!

  5. The Fun Jen looks so pristine and beautiful. It's nice not battling the bugs during the late fall and winter harvests! I have some asian greens coming along in the shop under grow lights and hope to be moving them out to the greenhouse to grow on in the not too distant future. Everything has stopped growing (in large part) in the garden proper at the moment as we are in the lowest trough of sun availability for the next 2 months. The greens don't bouce back from harvesting during this time of year so I harvest very carefully and infrequently from the greens. Makes them more savored when they do grace the table!

  6. your harvest looks about as big as mine! Thanks for doing harvest Mondays! I've enjoyed it my first year with you! I won't have anymore harvests till spring! I'll be watching others though!

  7. Nice to see you're still bringing in a few crops. I harvested the last of my chard last week and still have lettuce growing in my
    improvised cold frame.

    Gardening is golden!

  8. Your asian greens are holding on well. I need to plant more of them next fall. I have a few bok choy and mizuna out in the garden, but others seem to be pretty hardy too.

    Good luck with all those greens!

  9. The Fun Jen looks gorgeous. Please tell me more about the fruity Asian salad, it sounds interesting.

  10. Lovely, it´s not so mutch left to harvest in my garden. Thank you for holding harvest mondays. Have a nice day/Gela

  11. Harvests are winding down, aren't they? Same thing in my garden, not much to report this week. But a little from the garden is better than nothing. We just got back from spending the Thanksgiving holiday in Monterey. Great trip. I'll post photos later.

  12. 5 pounds of greens is a lot for one person... I haven't been able to check out anyone's blogs lately as I've been too busy to spend much time on the computer, but I see in your previous post that your garlic is sprouting - yay!!

  13. It sounds like you have the same problem as me - lots of greens, but nobody else willing to eat them. They do get old after awhile....

  14. Beautiful Fun Jen, love the color.
    There's never enough greens for us, we tend to eat more greens than any other kinds of vegetables in stir fry and soups.

  15. They look lovely, the greens, Daphne! But I understand that it must be a bit difficult to consume that much in one week!!!
    Lovely problems, though;)

  16. Hi Dapne. I'm new to your Harvets Monday :) Today I started a 10 liter pot of beetroot salad (like sauerkraut, fermenting). Harvest was a few days ago, now we have frost and snow, brrr!
    Love your blog!

  17. Your Fun Jen looks so so good...I'm just going to have to envy yours :)

  18. fun jen, I like that name. It's looks pretty tasty too.

  19. Fun Jen is such a pretty green. Is it tasty raw? What greens did you use in the Asian salad? I'm lucky, there's only two of us here but we both love greens so 5 pounds wouldn't be so difficult to get through in a week.

  20. VeggiePak, I've yet to find a variety that I didn't like. The issue with Asian greens is that they seem to attract the pests more than regular brassicas. Flee beetles, root maggots, caterpillars, and slugs. So they are trickier to grow. I always grow them under a row cover (along with my other brassicas) so I only have to deal with the slugs. Occasionally things will get under the row cover anyway, but it helps a lot.

    johanna, thanks

    The Mom, to me they are a cross between lettuce and bok choy. They have a much more lettucey texture, but still the slight mustard flavor.

    villager, me either. And I wasn't cooking much this week so not a lot of chance to eat them all. I'll work on them this week.

    kitsapFG, the greens have pretty much stopped growing here too. Occasionally I'll see a new one trying to bolt, but that is about it. They are all full size though so ready to pick when I need them. I don't think my setup is well enough done to really handle the big freezes in January so I'm going to try to harvest it all in December. I still have an awful lot of greens out there. I've never had Asian greens grow quite so well.

    Shawn Ann, I've had a fun if busy summer too. I have trouble keeping up with all the posts on Harvest Monday sometimes. Now there are less than half the posters as there was over the summer, so it is much easier. It is fun though. I love seeing everyone's harvests.

    tempusflits, oh it is always sad to see the last of the chard go. I'm glad I have some frozen for the winter.

    Emily, thanks. I'm trying hard to eat them so I can pick some more. I have way too many in the garden right now.

    henbogle, they are always different, but the dressing is always based on terriyaki sauce and have either oJ or concentrated apple juice as sweeteners. Soy sauce, rice vinegar, oil, ginger, garlic are the basics and the juice. I use bok choy or Fun Jen as the green which I chop in 1/4" strips. Then I julienne things. An apple, some red pepper, carrots, red onion, radishes. I add either pineapple or mandarin oranges. So it is a mixture between fruit and vegetables with some Asian green as the green. I would say I put in about the same amount of fruit and veggies by volume as bok choy.

  21. Gela, thanks

    Lou, I still have a lot to harvest until it freezes totally. I just picked so much the week before that I couldn't eat it all. Some of what is left is pretty slug eaten though. I've been picking the nice stuff first.

    foodgardenkitchen, I'm always of two minds when I see my garlic sprout in the fall. It tends to survive better if it doesn't come up until spring, but I like seeing it because I always hold my breath in the spring and wait for them all to come up.

    EG, lol yup lots and lots of greens.

    mac, I tend to like to eat a mixed variety of veggies. I love greens, but I want other things too.

    Madame C, it is. I'll catch up soon and start picking again though.

    Dagliljan, I'm so not ready for snow yet. 10 liters is a lot. I remember my folks making sauerkraut as a kid, but they never fermented beets.

    Robin, thanks

    Stevie, thanks

    michelle, yes. Fun Jen is really a good one for salads. It doesn't cook well at all. I think it is the only Asian green that I don't like cooked (well that I've grown so far). It acts a lot like lettuce when cooked and slimes out a bit.

    meemsnyc, thanks

  22. A little late but linking up! It's good to be back. Can't wait to catch up with everyone.

  23. Well the timing was good for me. I was going through the posts as you put your link in.