Monday, November 8, 2010

Harvest Monday - 8 November 2010

This week we saw our first frost. This does not mean tomatoes won't be added to the tally.

The Cherokee Purples that I picked green earlier before the first fall frost warning a couple of weeks ago are ripening up nicely. I don't add the green tomatoes to the tally until they ripen. So throughout November I'll be adding in more Cherokee Purples.

Sadly it is the last of the cherry tomatoes. GabrielleAnn (which you can barely see tucked into the corner in the above basket) was a huge producer at 26.84 lbs this year. Wow. This harvest was pretty small though. It is also the last of the peppers and the zucchini. All I can say is that any harvest of zucchini, tomatoes, and peppers is amazing in November around here. This year we have been really blessed by hot weather - and cursed with a lack of rain all summer long.

Fun Jen, Tatsoi, Bok Choy seeds from Mac, Chinese broccoli from Mac

I decided I'd better pick the Asian greens and just try to use them up. Soon the ground will freeze and I won't get any harvests. I picked not quite a quarter of all the greens in the garden. You see here all the Asian greens I've got growing except the green stemmed bok choy. This was the first of the Fun Jen that I picked. It was the longest maturing of the greens I put in. I wasn't sure if it would mature or not, but it finally did. My favorite way to eat this is in salads. I mix it with a bit of lettuce and add some fruit and nuts. I use an Asian style salad dressing of some kind. This time it was a Japanese style dressing. Tasty.

  • Alliums 0,19 lbs
  • Cucurbits 0.14 lbs
  • Greens 2.99 lbs
  • Herbs 0.06 lbs
  • Pepper 0.06 lbs
  • Roots 0.51 lbs
  • Tomato 0.90 lbs
  • Spent this week: $0
  • Total harvested this week 4.85 lbs
  • Total for the year 326.91 lbs
  • 2010 Tally $969.84

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. Very nice fall harvest! My husband ate the last CP this past week:( The green tomatoes we have left inside are ripening up quite well. It's been a very good tomato season this year for us.

  2. Look at all those delicious greens!!
    We harvested the last of everything in my garden except the Kale. It's getting harder and harder and get out to the community garden so we've been slowly putting things to rest until next year. Somehow I did manage to get a small snack sized portion of raspberries on saturday, which just amazes me!
    Next week might be the last harvest as I'm looking at making Kale chips with what is left in the garden.
    Overall it's been an awesome first year gardening!

  3. Hello Daphne,
    What a lovely lettuce you still have! It is really a challenge to find something to eat in the garden here, so today my post has to be a harvest from August. However, it is nice to look back and feel joy once again, even when the season has passed:)
    Have a great week,

  4. Your greens look amazing! I especially like the Asian greens and am encouraged to try growing more next year. They must add a nice variety to salads.

  5. Robin, oh how sad. The funny thing is that I have too many to eat fresh. I might just have to make some pizza sauce this week.

    Fred, I'm glad you loved your first year of gardening. So many people start and find it frustrating. It can be, but it can be so rewarding too.

    Madame C, In a few weeks I won't have any harvests either. I'll switch to what I'm eating from my garden stores. Or maybe I'll start harvesting my icicles ;>

    GrafixMuse, they do. I like Asian green salads much more than plain lettuce salads. This year has been an easy one for them too since we haven't had the plethora of slugs. I've got to say, that was a great advantage to a super dry summer.

  6. Those Asian green are absolutely lovely! I think Fun Jen is a bit harder to grow than some of the greens. I grew it this spring but not this fall.

    I'm going to miss our cherry tomatoes too!

  7. I love the variety of all the different asian greens you grow.

  8. Very nice harvest. I am surprised your garden is still producing!


  9. Those tomatoes are just gorgeous. I am so missing them - only had them briefly this year anyways but they are now long gone.

    The greens look beautiful too. You grow such a nice variety of them. I need to expand my asian greens mix.

  10. Wow what a huge basket of green stuff! Looks very pretty! I didn't get no where near as much!

  11. Beautiful harvest Daphne. It is amazing and wonderful that we still manage to find something edible out there. Your Asian greens looks just fab. I love a mix green salad with Japanese style I'm really hungry!


  12. WOW! Your lettuces look wonderful. My romaine is JUST starting to head up. I can't WAIT!!!!!

  13. Looks like a great harvest. I hope you enjoy all those asian greens.

  14. I am so loving all your asian greens. I must grow some more next year. I only grew chinese mustard green and had to fight with the bugs that kept munching on the leaves. I need to figure out a way to keep the bugs out.

  15. I wish I had greens. It's been a challenge. Glad the tomatoes ripened so nicely!

  16. All of those greens look so delicious! How do you use them?

  17. I intended to try growing some Asian greens this fall and didn't get around to it. Yours look great, as usual. And tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini - that is amazing in November in your neck of the woods!

  18. I'm amazed that you had nearly five pounds of harvest this late in the season in New England. Beautiful harvest, as always. I'm going to have to visit Fred to see what kale chips are. I'm still harvesting Scotch blue curled kale from my 2007 planting here in southern California. The plants are up to my armpits and still going strong.

  19. I am glad you haven't yet gotten your first frost, so nice to be able to harvest regularly so late in the season. I hope the frost takes a little bit longer to visit so that you can get more of your beautiful Asian greens.

  20. Wow, all those greens, I haven't gotten around to plant them, I need to learn how to transit from warm crops to cool crops and not miss the planting timeline.

  21. mm cherokee purple tomatoes! Your greens are still looking mighty good too!

  22. Wow! Beautiful lettuce. I haven't planted mine yet. Still trying to clean up from summer. I'm looking ahead to a winter garden this year, though.

  23. villager, it is harder, but for me mostly because the slugs love it more than any other green I grow. I've got some that are just ragged from the few slugs we do have right now.

    thyme, thanks

    Mary, it will be producing until we get a freeze. I probably have two more Mondays of good harvests then I'll have to eat my storage crops.

    kitsapFG, I owe a lot of my mix to Winnie, she sent me a lot of seed. I'm sure I'll be growing them for years to come.

    Shawn Ann, thanks

    Tyra, I do too. I haven't been really into lettuce salads this year, but the Asian green salads with lettuce mixed in are really good.

    Barbie, I could have sworn I planted some red romaine, but it doesn't seem to be out there. All the red seem to be leaf lettuce.

    Emily, I do. Thanks.

    meemsnyc, that is the issue with Asian greens. The bugs just love them. Even under a row cover I got a couple of cabbage worms, but just a couple.

  24. Stevie, greens are a challenge. I just won't grow them without a row cover anymore. Right now I'm trying to figure out if I'm going to buy the expensive row cover, or the cheap ones. My current ones all have holes in them now and don't keep out the bugs well.

    Hannah, Well the Fun Jen goes into salads. It doesn't cook as well and it is perfect for salads. The tatsoi went into soup. The bok choy was part of a chopped salad (bok choy, apples, pineapple, onion, red pepper, and carrot - I wish I had taken a photo as it is a really pretty salad with everything julienned) and part of a stirfry. And the Chinese broccoli was in a stirfry. So salads, stirfrys, and soup.

    michelle, I wish I had gotten around to broccoli. Oh how I miss it. I just didn't have the time to put it in after some of the tomatoes came out.

    Lou, I'm amazed too. But it has been good weather for the Asian greens so far.

    Angela, I have gotten my first frost. All the tender plants are dead already. I only have my hardy plants left now. And the green tomatoes ripening on the counter. The Asian greens are frost hardy so will keep going until we get a freeze.

    mac, usually my rotations let me do that naturally (this year was weird though). Where I am I have three growing seasons, spring, summer, and fall. But if I want to grow a summer crop, I can't grow a spring crop in that space (except maybe spinach). So I grow a spring crop followed by a fall crop in the greens bed.

    Dan, they look nice, but they don't taste like summer tomatoes anymore. They are more like supermarket tomatoes. So I've been cooking with them mostly as opposed to eating them raw. That works.

    Lori, I envy you that can have a winter garden. Well Thomas does it here, but it is a huge effort to have a winter garden in our zone. It is more like holding over crops that are already ready to pick, and hoping they don't freeze too badly.

  25. You certainly have a productive garden. And I am always impressed by people who manage to record the harvest. It probably says a lot about the way you attend to the details of growing as well as record keeping.