Monday, November 15, 2010

Harvest Monday - Same old, Same old!

It's Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions. These are whats left of the tomatoes. Those green ones in the basket probably are not going to ripen, but that is all that is left of the big pile on my counter and window sill! I will probably get the red ones canned up today if my children allow me to!

Today, I have Chard and Lettuce out of the garden. I have 3, maybe 4 kinds of lettuce here. I know one of them is "peanut" Buttercrunch. I am guessing the wider one. The other wide one is more crinkly, so I don't know if it is also a Buttercrunch or something else. If anyone knows the other ones on the right, please help me ID them.
I made a nice salad with the last bunch, with walnuts and dried cranberries. This one I put a cranberry walnut dressing on, but I didn't like it as much as I like Raspberry vinaigrette on this salad. I also enjoy it with sliced almonds or pecans! Yum!
 The garlic is growing! There are about 10 total! 4 here.
 We decided to start our own leaf compost bin! It still needs some sides...It should be pretty full once we get the back yard cleaned up! My only worry is this area back around the shed is just full of ants. Freaky full! I hope that it heats up enough and that turning it often will keep them out! And it is kind of shady back their, it is under a maple, so I hope that doesn't become a problem.
 Spinach is starting to grow a bit. It is all bunched up together. I did try to plant it spaced out, but it just all washed up together I guess.
 I have 2 Cilantro still going. Guess he does like colder weather! I grew it in the summer before. Must have been an odd summer.

 So, I have a new use for my chard which we love...smoothies! Ha! One of our other favorites is on Pizza! One night I steamed it on top of some steamed strawberries and pears that I was making for baby. He loved it and I thought it was pretty good too! Gave it a nice sweet and fruity flavor! His was pureed of course. I froze some up and he eats a a couple of thawed cubes ever couple of days!

This weeks Harvest:
1 Bunch Chard
1 Bunch Lettuce
29 Tomatoes ripened on the sill!
25 Juliet tomatoes ripened on the sill!

Don't forget to check out the other harvests at Daphne's!


  1. Chard in a smoothie...blech! It's great that you're composting now, and don't worry about the shade part - it's actually preferred for locating a compost bin. Nice harvest!!!

  2. I think your lettuces are (from left to right): unknown, buttercrunch, green oak leaf, and little gem.

  3. Your harvest is very nice! I have to agree with foodgardenkitchen on the lettuce identification. I have no idea what the first lettuce is.

    I just put the slideshow on my blog. I'm glad that you like it. I got the idea from you! I thought it was a little off too. I re-loaded it and it was still the same. Maybe I will try it again.

  4. That one lettuce (third from left) looks like oakleaf (or Salad Bowl). Your salad looks yummy!

  5. That is a nice harvest! I envy your lovely tomatoes. Here in cold, dark Sweden we have nothing left to harvest in the garden:(
    Take care,

  6. Same old, my tush! This looks wonderful! I wish I had the lettuce you do.

  7. That is one of my favorite salads too - and I like the raspberry walnut vinegarette dressing best for it as well. The lettuces all look lovely. You have a nice micture of a buttercrunch, leaf lettuce (one is an oakleaf variety), and what looks like some young romaine. I love lettuce blends because I like a nice variety like that in my salads. Even better when they have a few red varieties thrown in as well for nice color variation.

  8. EG your funny! You can't even taste it under all the berries!

    fgk, thanks for the ID.

    Robin, so glad you liked my photo reel enough to do your own!

    thanks Villager and Charlotta.

    Ribbit! Ha, I it is nice, it just isn't any different than the last few weeks! But thanks!

    kitsapFG, I definitely intend to add some red into the mix! My daughter loves the red stuff! And variety is good!

  9. My green tomatoes have finally ripened up too. I don't want to use them in sauce though. I'm hoping that they keep for a while.

  10. I like Swiss chard, but when I tried it for a smoothie, I didn't like it. Of course, as a smoothie, taste could be improved upon depending what you put in with it.

    I really like the pics of the garden in years past on the right side of your blog. I wish they were clickable to enlarge. It's fascinating to me to see what each of us do with our gardens. It's actually very personal because each one of us puts our hearts into it.

    Of course, you'll be teaching those babies about gardening as they grow up. Setting the example... Way to go!

  11. Veggie PAK-Ha, I guess I don't put enough VEGGIES in cause I can't even taste it! I do however keep trying to add a little more each time, and when I can taste it, I'll know my limit!

    Thanks about the pics, maybe I will do a post on them. Nothing much is going on right now anyways. Might as well do a progression post!

    Oh, Yes! Those babies will and do love the garden in some way or another! My 4 yr old son loves practically everything about the garden! His 4 yr old sister however, mostly just likes to eat what comes out of it, and occasionally plant seeds! We'll see what happens with the littlest one! This is one thing I really love doing with them! (I'm not much for playing princesses and cars! LOL)