Harvest Monday Jan. 25, 2010

Once again, I’m behind with my Monday harvest report. I’m going to blame it on the rain. Yep, it’s raining again today. Just harvested some lettuce in the rain. Lettuce sure loves this weather. Here’s what I’ve picked in the past two weeks in my coastal southern California garden.

Jan. 11-17

7 navel oranges (4 lbs, 1.5 oz.)

2 limes (8 oz.), last of crop

4 bell peppers (1 lb, 8 oz.)

chard (6 oz.)

cauliflower, 1 head (8 oz.)

6 lbs, 15.5 oz. of produce

Jan. 18-24

2 navel oranges (1 lb, 2 oz.)

1 Meyer lemon (5 oz.)

2 green onions (0.5 oz.)

parsley (0.5 oz.)

cilantro

1 lb, 8 oz. of produce

(To read more of Lou Murray’s environmental writing, see her weekly column, Natural Perspectives, in the Huntington Beach Independent at www.hbindependent.com /blogs_and_columns

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks.
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6 Responses to Harvest Monday Jan. 25, 2010

  1. vrtlaricaana says:

    Oh, lemons, oranges, peppers – lovely harvest! In days like this I see benefits of living in warmer climate.
    But on the other hand, I can’t appreciate spring if I hadn’t lived through cold winter…

    • Hi Vrtlaricaanna, I grew up in a cold climate (Indiana), so I do miss snow. We try to visit it every winter by going to the local mountains. But it’s nice living on the coast where I can garden year-round.

  2. Daphne says:

    I do envy you your citrus fruit. I only dream about it up north. Especially the lemons. I would really love to make lemon sorbet someday.

    • Hi Daphne, you might try Thomas’ approach of a dwarf lemon tree in a big pot that comes indoors in the winter. He seems to have had good success with that technique. I like my little dwarf trees in the yard.

  3. Thomas says:

    It’s really impressive the amount of yield you’re still able to get this time of year. I could really go for some fresh picked oranges right now!

    • Hi Thomas, I don’t want to disillusion you, but store-bought oranges taste just as good as the fresh-picked ones from our yard. But I do enjoy having my little citrus trees. We have about nine oranges left on the navel orange tree and the Valenica orange has three not-quite-ripe ones. It’s the Valencia tree’s first year in our yard, so it’s hardly up to snuff yet.

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