Barbie and I were very excited to start a monthly “Garden Bloggers Harvest Day“. We hunted around and it does not appear that anyone has started one and with the number of Garden Bloggers who blog about their vegetable and herb gardens, we though it might be fun to share. Barbie is a serious “vegetable gardener”. Really, she has all sorts growing … from cabbages to potatoes, fruit trees (peaches, figs, apples etc.), to unusual herbs, she grows them all.

Me? Well I try … I grow lots of things in a “veggie planter” and recently added two half wine-barrels for planting of veggies to extend my efforts, but I haven’t got it quite right yet. Lots of growth and then – not much finds its way to our actual table. But I’m learning … and hope to learn a lot more via hosting the monthly Garden Bloggers Harvest Day. Please join us! Go to Garden Bloggers Harvest Day to add your link!

First, this is the extent of my “Veggie Garden”…

My “Veggie Garden”My veggie garden

One of two new “Veggie Planters”One of two new "Veggie Planters"

And then here’s what I’ve harvested this month …
Compared to Barbie’s harvest it’s meagre. I’ve harvested LOTS of lettuce (I grow Cos lettuce). Lasts years harvest was poor – lots of lettuce but it tasted Yuck! Then I read on It’s Not Work, It’s Gardening that planting them too close together was probably the cause. The next batch I planted further apart and its delicious! My biggest “harvest” after lettuce is from the mint plant that is growing like crazy. I have so much that now I supply a local restaurant with Mint for their cocktails and desserts (I “know” the owner – my daughters other half – and he gladly takes all the mint off my hands!!).

Then I successfully grow coriander which we use a lot, we ate a lot of very sweet cherry tomatoes and we have basil, parsley and three types of chillis – Habanero and Jalapeno as well as a black chilli (I forget the name).

Sweet Cherry TomatoesSweet Cherry Tomatoes

Lots of Cos lettuceLots of Cos lettuce

The three ChillisThe three Chillis

My meagre “Harvest” todayMy "Harvest" today

I have plenty of Basil & MintI have plenty of Basil & Mint

And the black ChilliThe black chilli

Happy Gardening

About Garden Bloggers Harvest Day

Please join us on the 5th of every month and show us what you’ve harvested. Whether you have a massive vegetable garden or grow a few herbs in pots or just pick a few peaches from a tree … we’d love to see! Its all about sharing our experiences, photographs, successes and failures as we “learn to grow”.

So prepare a post on your blog about what you harvested this past month, link up to us at The Gardening Blog and then, add your link to the Mr. Linky on the page at Garden Bloggers Harvest Day so we can all visit your blog and “share in your harvest”. And leave us a comment! We LOVE hearing from you!