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My January Harvest

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”…

[one_half]My “Veggie Garden”My veggie garden[/one_half]

[one_half_last]One of two new “Veggie Planters”One of two new "Veggie Planters"[/one_half_last]

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).

[one_half]Sweet Cherry TomatoesSweet Cherry Tomatoes[/one_half]

[one_half_last]Lots of Cos lettuceLots of Cos lettuce[/one_half_last]

[one_half]The three ChillisThe three Chillis[/one_half]

[one_half_last]My meagre “Harvest” todayMy "Harvest" today[/one_half_last]

[one_half]I have plenty of Basil & MintI have plenty of Basil & Mint[/one_half]

[one_half_last]And the black ChilliThe black chilli[/one_half_last]

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!

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 …

8 replies on “My January Harvest”

It is like a trip to summer to read about your garden flourishing now Christine! (My morning is all frozen winter fog today.) You are doing so well. Lettuce alone is worth the effort, but tomatoes and basil! Lovely lovely.

Christine, I don’t think your harvest is meagre at all! The lettuce must taste great, and everything else looks yummy too. I am not a big veggie gardener either, and grow only tomatoes, and an occasional cucumber 🙂

Well Christine, its not so very meagre to my eye. Like Alan I have always intended to concentrate a bit on the edibles, time to face up to it, its not going to happen in my case. Tell Barbie to keep those darned praying mantis away from your veg. Good luck to you both on your new project.

Oh how fun! I don’t have much in the way of a harvest in my edible garden yet, but give me a few months and I’ll definitely join in. Your garden is off to a great start for 2012!

Your veggie patch is so gorgeous – and with all those great ingredients, you can make a mean salad! Grow what you eat most of – that is what I have learnt. I am growing too much for just the two of us! The chickens get alot of the greens too! 🙂

Like you I have a relatively small edible garden. I’d love to have a huge “farm” of a veggie garden, but I don’t know if I would be able to manage it if I did.

That pepper could be ‘black pearl’. Could be lots of other types too, but that’s the only black one I know.

I say it every year (and mean it) but I’m really going to focus on the edibles this summer. I’m tired of being disappointed by them.

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