Monday Harvest – 26th Dec 2011

This year I celebrated Christmas, with my family, at my parents place and I’m writing this from there so I haven’t harvested at home for a few days.  In fact Melbourne has had storms so I am hoping that my garden has survived the hail OK and that there will be things to harvest upon our return tomorrow. I did harvest a few things before I left though.  Most exciting was my first ever onion (I’ve never been convinced that growing onions is a good use of limited space but I did put in a few this year).  It was small and its harvest was accidental – a very little boy was helping mummy – but I was hugely pleased with it and as a result it was probably the best thing I’ve eaten all week (a big call considering it was Christmas and I’ve eaten a LOT).

The Kipfler potatoes I wrote about a few days ago made a delicious salad which was served with Christmas lunch.  Interestingly this batch (unlike the ones harvested at my parent place a few days ago) were creamy and delicious.  I’m wondering if being stored a couple of days before cooking allowed their skins to harden a bit and to protect the potatoes during cooking?  For the record my total potato harvest from the two tubs was 1.25kg which was a little disappointing but still enough to feed 10 on Christmas day.

In other harvest news: Some butter beans and broccoli were eaten alongside some fishcakes (made with BBQ’d snapper left over from a family Christmas party).

And some more Majestic butter beans.  I do like this butter bean – nice flavour, early cropping and good germination rate.

Chard for Chicken Saag and salad ingredients for a green salad to go alongside.

Some iceberg lettuce

and another cucumber, although worryingly there don’t seem to be large numbers developing at the moment.

And finally three tomatoes; a Broad Ripple Currant and two Sweet 100 hybrids.  There were more but they didn’t quite make it in front of the lens….

For other enticing harvests from around the globe mosey on over to Daphne’s Dandelions.

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12 Responses to Monday Harvest – 26th Dec 2011

  1. Did the early potatoes boil in the water. If they did leaving them a little while after picking will help a little.

  2. Mark Willis says:

    I find that cutting the new potatoes in two helps. It stops them splitting and possibly disintegrating.
    What became of that lovely onion? Did you eat it raw in your salad?

  3. Daphne says:

    Beautiful harvest and congrats on your first onion.

  4. Bee Girl says:

    Great harvests! Looks like your garden is growing wonderfully…hopefully everything makes it through just fine after the storms! What a beautiful onion! What kind is it? I didn’t over-winter any for next year as I was disappointed by our turn out last summer…though I may throw some in the ground early next spring if I can find some beauties that might make it worth while 🙂

  5. kitsapFG says:

    Beautiful onion with such a nice rosey color. The lettuces look particularly fine too – particuarly the crisphead variety. I may have to grow a crisphead variety this coming year just to mix it up a bit. The butter beans and cucumbers look delicious too. I miss the summer vegetables. We are eating potatoes from the garden but they are the ones we lifted in september and are now in storage. They are holding up beautifully and were part of our Christmas eve and day dinners.

    • Liz says:

      Funnily enough I was just writing a post about all the problems I am having growing crisp head lettuce and their failure to heart. i do love them but have yet to perfect growing them.

  6. Mary Hysong says:

    Well it might be small but your onion is certainly a beautiful red! Wow cukes and beans, cabbage and lettuce; lovely harvest!

  7. Norma Chang says:

    What a lovely color that onion has! Great harvest, butter beans look so tender.

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