Monday, December 5, 2011

Harvest Monday - December 5, 2011

Spinach, Piracicaba broccoli, lettuce, pea sprouts, carrots, green onions.
This is the last harvest of pea sprouts, our first significant snow of the year has arrived,
all veggies are undercover except carrots and green onions,
I'm testing to see if they can holdup in the winter without protection.

Winterbor Kale and Mini Napa Cabbage

Japanese turnips, I left them in the ground too long, lesson learned.
I'll salt cure these turnips to be used as flavoring agent for soups and stews.

Kale and chard, I harvested most of leaves before the snow.

Hope the carrots and green onions in those containers survive,
all other greens are on hold pattern under the tunnels.

Drop by Daphne's Dandelions host of Harvest Monday 
for more garden harvest from around the globe.


  1. Lovely harvest!
    My favourites -the green onion,kale,chard and mini napa cabbage .
    I've never grown any of these varieties,so they look super exciting to me .

  2. Wow, you have gotten much more snow than we did! Beautiful harvest, as always.

  3. avocett,
    Do you not use kale and chard for stew and soup in your country? They are very easy to grow and nutritious too.

    I'm looking forward to the break coming weekend so I can go out and and pick some veggies before next round of snow.

  4. Yummy looking greens! I haven't tried pea sprouts yet. While it snowed even more today the pea plants usually survive and even make peas off and on all winter.

    Violas are so yummy, I think you are higher up than I am, you might try starting the violas from seed about 6 weeks before you would plant your fall salad crops so you can have them together. Or start them in the fall to go with the spring salads. They are hardy so unless you have killer winters they should do just fine under the snow and really put out in the spring.

  5. Oh my...I didn't expect to see all that snow! That makes your harvest even more impressive then it already is! Absolutely amazing!

  6. Mary,
    Thanks for the tip on starting violas and salad greens, I'll give it a go next fall.
    This is the first time I grow fall peas, I waited and waited for them to set pods but nothing, finally I got tired of waiting and decided to pick the shoots instead. I'm north of you and at higher elevation, maybe it's too cold for pod setting.

    Thanks, our climate is extreme, I don't mind the snow and heat, but wind is the biggest problem for us here.

  7. Quite a harvest. Love, love those pea shoots.

  8. After looking at all that harvest bounty of cool weather crops... one could be lulled into thinking it was from an early spring garden - but then your picture of the deep cover of snow blows that illusion all to pieces! Beautiful harvest this week - another gorgeous napa cabbage too.

  9. Norma,
    Thanks, I'm glad I picked the shoots, otherwise I would be growing the peas for nothing this fall.

    You're so funny, thanks for the compliments.

  10. Amazing images you have... very impressed with your gardening... and the snow, ooh, I would not be able enough to work under those conditions...

  11. Mac amazing with the the snow. How much show do you get and how cold does it get that you can have crops just under cover?

    Interesting about salt curing the turnip. Can you do that with any turnip? I would like to know more about it.

  12. Those are some beautiful harvests and so is the snow. I hope your experiment with covering up is a success.

  13. Lrong,
    Thank you and welcome.
    Not many people garden in winter, but gardening addicts try to work with Mother nature and hope for the best.

    I didn't keep track of how much snow we get, it's on and off, I know the cold hardy greens will be fine down to about 10F, but last 3 days the temp dipped into single digit(-4F last night), the sun is out today but I haven't looked into the tunnels, next few days should be sunny I'll wait for the snow to melt a bit before checking on the veggies, hate shoveling snow ;)

    Yes, you can salt cure any root vegetable. The root is sliced approx 3/4" thick, air/sun dry or dehydrate until it looses 30-40% moisture, coarse salt is rubbed or layer onto the vegetable, put a weight on top for couple days (depending how much vegetable) to force more moisture out of the vegetable. Last step is to preserve the salted vegetable:
    1. Air/sun dry or dehydrate the vegetable to approximately 80-90% dry, the vegetable should be pliable and a bit moist, then pack into jars or bags.
    OR the cured vegetable is made into condiments:
    2. Cut/slice the salted vegetable into bite size, marinade with spices, chile, soy sauce, oil etc, then pack into jars and serve as condiment or to flavor other foods.

  14. michelle,
    Thanks, hope the experiment works, I'll find out soon. Our coldest month is January, I'll have to wait and see.

  15. Wow! That is quite a bit of snow! I can't wait to hear how your carrots and onions fare. Your harvest looks great.


  16. Wonderful contrast between the lush harvest and blanket of snow! I'm looking forward to seeing how Daphne's gang fares as we move into winter.

  17. Lynn, diaryofatomato,
    The sun is out, we should have a pretty decent weekend, I'm curious to see how the greens held up in sub-zero temp.