Monday, October 10, 2011

Harvest Monday - October 10, 2011

Winter radishes:  (right) Beauty Heart, (left) white daikon

Chinese red dates jujube, kumquat, and mini napa cabbage thinnings.
  I also harvested purple snap beans, bitter melons, chile peppers, 
cherry tomatoes, and more eggplants. 
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions drop by her place to see more harvest by other gardeners.


  1. Those red dates are really exotic and beautiful looking. What's your favorite way to use them?

    The "mini" napa cabbages are just gorgeous too. Perfect little miniatures of the grown up plants.

  2. kitsapFG,
    We eat as many as we can when the jujube is fresh, it's crunchy and sweet like eating apple.
    The fruits can be sundried (use in soups or stews), candied, make into jam or "paste" for pastry filling etc etc.

  3. Hi Mac, Just found your blog through "Subsistance pattern" and was wondering what area you are in. I am in the high desert also in Kingman AZ and am trying to start my garden. I've found that "full sun" plants do not do well in the AZ summers. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated. You obviously are doing something right.


  4. Larry,
    Welcome! I'm located in north central NM Albuquerque area. I'm still trying to figure out this "full sun" business myself.

    I think it all depends on timing, for spring and fall garden I can plant certain variety of cole crops and fast maturing beans and peas in full sun without much trouble if temps stay below low 90s.

    When temperature reaches mid 90s "full sun" for tender crops and flowers in my garden means semi-shade, filter light, or 2-3 hours of morning sun. I have some success with this method, but I'm still experimenting to see if I can grow some greens in the summer, not much luck so far.

    Wish you luck on your new garden.

  5. I was sure those jujube were olives when I first opened the post. I'm really unfamiliar with red dates, are they easy to grow?

  6. Liz,
    Yes, jujube is very easy to grow, it is the most neglected tree in our yard, it receives minimal water and hardly any fertilizer.