Garden Bloggers Harvest Day

Barbara and Christine over at The Gardening Blog have started a garden meme showing what edibles have been harvested in the last month: Garden Bloggers Harvest Day!

It helps that they're in the Southern Hemisphere so are enjoying summer right now, with gardens overflowing with edibles. My cold St. Louis garden will pale by comparison, but I decided to give this one a go. It's a short list, but at least I have a list -- it is supposed to be winter right now.


So we'll start with the easy one: Kale.

I've got several plants that are still going strong, and I may be able to get another meal or two out of the plants before I use up all of the leaves. Really surprised that they've been around this long, but our winter has been quite mild so far.

Next up: bittercress.

Technically I'm not growing this in my garden -- it's actually all over the back corner of my lawn. When I posted about this a month or so ago, some helpful readers let me know that bittercress -- although considered a weed -- is edible. It's in the mustard family. So I harvested a few handfuls and spiced up some salads. Very nice! There's plenty more around too, which I'm not sure is a good thing or a bad thing...

My next edible is a hot pepper, 'Cajun Belle'. Not something I'd eat any quantity of, but they're great to add to some chili or burritos:

Yes, this is from the pepper plant that was infested with aphids, and was the last few fruits the plant produced.  I'm still deciding what to do with them. (The aphids don't touch the fruits, just the leaves and stems.)

Finally, I have several onions that I've been using the greens from all year long. Do you remember the post I wrote last winter where I potted up the green onions I got from the grocery store? Those things are still growing (outside in a pot), and are still producing delicious onion greens! It's been over a year!

I also have herbs which I could probably still harvest: thyme and rosemary primarily, but sage is a possibility too. I won't touch the rosemary though, because I have high hopes of getting my two plants through the winter (they'll need some protection) so I can start growing a nice big rosemary bush. I've not had success with overwintering them yet, but this year I'm bound to -- considering I have a potted one indoors as a backup.

So that's my harvest for this month. I expect it will be a couple of months before I can participate in Garden Bloggers Harvest Day again, but we'll see. Sometimes you never know what surprises the garden will provide.


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Christine @ The Gardening Blog  – (January 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM)  

I love the look of your chillies and the Kale looks great! I've never tried growing Kale - I think its very pretty as far as veggie plants go. Think I should try it :)

PS: Thanks so much for participating :)

Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (January 5, 2012 at 11:07 AM)  

Alan, you have more than we do. Of course we cleared our veggie beds and didn't plant anything for the winter. Due to the low angle of the sun, our veggie beds don't get much direct sun in the winter while in the summer they get a good 1/2 day.

HolleyGarden  – (January 5, 2012 at 1:31 PM)  

You have more than I expected to see! That pepper looks like it could you warm up a cold winter's night! (inside out)

Barbie  – (January 7, 2012 at 5:28 AM)  

Hey Alan! Wow - I didn't think that there was much available in the deep winter there by you. So I am super surprised. I forgot that alot of our friends are in the north! So I am sorry to brag (this time!)

I am aslo trying chilli peppers and I am so loving them. NEVER ate them before!

Ok - so Kale is something new for me. I love the colour of yours!

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