Monday, December 13, 2010

Harvest Monday - 13 December 2010

This last week I did get around to harvesting a lot of greens. It ought to last me a while. I've been eating them but still have a huge container of them in the fridge. The first set of greens were picked after the temperature had just gotten under freezing in the plastic tunnel for a couple of days.

The second group of greens were picked after two days of having 25F temps in the tunnel. I waited to pick them until we had a warm day and things thawed out a bit. They seems to be fine. I'm going to let them sit in the fridge for a week. For greens that are picked totally unfrozen this is easy for them. In fact these greens take over two weeks in the fridge just fine as long as the head hasn't been cut. But I'm not sure the frozen ones will last as long. So I just have to experiment.

This week I've been using the Fun Jen in fruity salads. I add whatever to them, but it always seems to have apples and either pineapple or mandarin oranges. The dressing is a terriyaki based one. I don't use a recipe, but just toss things together. From the garden is Fun Jen, radishes, and onions. I also made a nice stir fry out of boc choy yesterday. So the greens are slowly getting used up.

  • Greens 4.59 lbs
  • Spent this week: $0
  • Total harvested this week 4.59 lbs
  • Total for the year 350.90 lbs
  • 2010 Tally $910.03

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. What a fantastic bunch of December greens with hardly any bug nibbles! 4+ pounds of greens is really a lot! I knew these were winter-hardy, but I didn't realize they could survive temps as low as 25F IN the tunnel.

  2. Fabulous harvest. The salad looks yummy. No harvest for me this week.

  3. Those tatsoi rosettes are beautiful! I've never been able to get them to look that perfect. The slugs generally end up getting to them first.

  4. The greens did great with the cold snap - and look beautiful. The salad is particularly yummy looking!

  5. thyme2garden, yes it really is a lot. It is going to take me a coupel week to eat it all. I suppose I could just make soup and freeze it but it isn't as good that way. The tatsoi is really hardy. I think it can survive much more.

    The Mom, thanks

    Thomas, I've never grown such beautiful ones before either. I think the Fun Jen attracts the slugs more than the tatsoi. One row of my Fun Jen is really eaten to death, but the other seems fine.

    Laura, thanks

  6. How lucky you are, there is nothing left in my garden to harvest.

  7. Your greens have been so nice this fall. Makes me wish I got around to planting some!

  8. I too need to emulate your fall planting of greens next year. More of those hardy asian greens for me!

  9. Very nice looking greens indeed! And that salad is mouth-watering! It looks very nice as well as very tasty.

  10. Beautiful greens and you salad looks so good. You've really had a great year of harvests.

  11. Nice harvest and the salad sounds delicious. I'll have to experiment with teriyaki and salad dressing recipes. :)


  12. I am so looking forward to next year when I can really make some good harvests in our new gardens. I think today we are going to harvest a christmas tree. Does that count?

  13. Those greens look delicious. All I've harvested lately are cold and flu germs, ugh.

  14. I've never heard of fun jen - must try and find some seeds. Great harvest!

  15. keewee, it has been a very mild fall for the most part. We are getting hit now with some colder weather.

    Stevie, I smile with it because it is so pretty if I can get the slugs and snails to keep away from it.

    Dan, well I'm wishing I had your carrots. I'd trade if you lived close.

    Emily, tatsoi is supposed to be particularly hardy. I'm not sure how long Fun Jen will last. I don't think it will be nearly as hardy.

    Veggie PAK, thanks

    michelle, I really have. It has been weird weather, but I've been lucky to have the correct plants in at the correct time. It could have gone the other way and I'd have issues.

    Mary, it makes a good dressing. Though everytime I make it it is different.

    Ottawa Gardener, lol not unless you are going to eat it. And candy canes don't count ;>

    Ali, get well. It is no fun to be sick this time of year.

    Funkbunny, well I got mine from Pinetree. I haven't seen it anywhere else. I'm sure someone else sells it though. It is really susceptible to slugs compared to the other Asian greens - which is saying something since slugs love them all.

  16. As the year nears it's close i"m later and later. Oh well. Better late than never. Linking up!

    You never cease to amaze me, just look at all those greens, they look SO healthy!

  17. Sorry I did a typo on #15. I grew a 421 lb giant pumpkin (King Kong)this year which is a new record here in New Mexico. May not seem like alot, but it is good here in Santa Fe, NM at 7000 ft altitude with such a short growing season. Your blog is great!