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A Short but Sweet December Harvest

It’s a small harvest. Lots of herbs we use daily and I pick as I need, no big baskets full of produce here this month, just regular picking of the most delightful Basil I’ve grown yet. We’re eating it raw in salads and putting in everything it seems. This one is Basil “minuette”.  It is much smaller (smaller leaves, smaller plant) than the other Basil I grow which has a much stronger flavour and a very distinct, sharp taste.  The minuette is lovely raw. Sweet, slightly tangy, not strong at all. Lovely. Add some cherry tomatoes, parsely, mozzarella or feta, balsamic and olive oil and Yum!

Basil 'Minuette"

I now have a regular supply of Rosemary. With two plants flourishing I’m never short of this wonderful herb. The Oregano is great and the Lemon Thyme is marvellous to cook with. We are all on diet here and these lovely herbs add wonderful guilt-free taste and variety to the limited portions I have to serve at meal times.  The Herb garden really makes dieting a bit more interesting.

In the Herb planter in December

My potato plant burst out of its bag and has been re-potted into a container where it is happily growing up. I’ve planted an additional Lemon Grass (because I love the plants and we use it in cooking a lot), and I’ve planted my first Brinjal ‘Black Beauty’. The curry plant adds an interesting texture and fragrance to the herb growers and I’ve popped a few Marigolds in between things to help keep the bugs at bay. I never spray my herbs or veg with anything – they encourage the creepy crawlies to wonder on elsewhere (to my perennials, sigh).

Rosemary and edible Viola thriving in the shade

Also picking lots of chives and fennel is in abundance here, but Coriander keeps bolting and the lettuce are struggling – so instead I’m giving Rocket a try to see how that does.

What are you harvesting this month? Please join us for Garden Bloggers Harvest day in December and let us know how your Veggie Garden is doing!

Happy Harvesting

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

14 replies on “A Short but Sweet December Harvest”

The taste doesn’t compare Holley – fresh picked is so much better than even store bought fresh herbs. If you love cooking, do yourself a favour and buy just one or two herbs that look pretty and tuck them in somewhere in your garden where they will look nice too – once you cook with them you will be planting herbs all over the place! It really is THAT much better than dried – and they are MUCH easier than growing vegetables 🙂

I love the variety you have in your garden and the great “pick and eat” way of collecting is the best! They all look so healthy!! Love the group photo 🙂
Enjoy your incredible edibles and by the way, I think I have your coriander we bought the other day!

I am silly, I forgot I bought coriander. Thanks for bringing it yesterday. I’ve planted them already. I have your shallots and those hedgey things we bought. See you soon xxx

Hi Christine, you have a good selection of herbs. do you replace the rosemary when it becomes too big for your space. I have a plant, left by the previous owners that is almost 2 m accross and I’ve pruned it to a height of about 1.2 m. My corriander always bolts too, if you discover something to stop it happening do let me know. Christina here’s my harvesting post.

Hi Christina – you’ve taught me another lesson. Its my first time planting Rosemary and I didn’t realise they grow so big. I will have to transplant them I think, or I will try to keep one of them small by harvesting continuously, but I don’t know if this will work. I will see.

I succumbed and bought another 6 coriander seedlings I’ve planted in shade, part shade all up to full sun. I want to see what they prefer here. Maybe I’ll get lucky with one or two of them 🙂

I still have carrots and lettuces under cover but too small to harvest and garlic is growing even though it is cold–sigh–

But my indoor herbs are useful all winter as we, like you, love them in so many dishes…

I think I would like that basil. I will note the plant for next year. The rosemary and viola make a stunning display. Love the way you did the pot.

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