On Harvest Mondays, I tally up what I’ve picked in the garden from the previous Monday through Sunday. Here’s my last harvest for January this year from my coastal southern California garden.
2 Meyer lemons (9 oz.)
bok choy (2 oz.)
chard (4 oz.)
lettuce (1.5 oz.)
savoy cabbage leaves (4 oz.)
sorrel (1 oz.)
parsley (1 oz.)
1 lb 6.5 oz. of produce
I made a stir fry of the chard and bok choy. My cabbage wasn’t ready to harvest, so I just picked a few of the outer leaves closest to the head and used them. They worked just fine, not at all tough. The sorrel went into a tomato bisque. I’m not sure what I did with the Meyer lemons, but my last key limes harvested last week went into a key lime pie.
It’s also planting time here. This week I planted snapdragons and pansies in the flower border along the Garden of Infinite Neglect, along with 45 onion sets. They should have been planted in fall, so I have my fingers crossed that these onions aren’t fussy about whether days are getting longer or shorter.
True confession: We have a gardener who visits us four hours a month to trim hedges and rake up debris. We have no grassy lawn (just Zoysia, ie, Korea Grass), so there is nothing for him to mow. He planted a Chrysler Imperial rose and five golden yarrows for me this week. Digging is hard on my old knees, so I appreciate his help.
Our gardener’s name is Jesus (Hay-sus), so I like to say that I’ve been saved by Jesus. Because of arthritis, yard work was becoming difficult for me and I just couldn’t keep up with all of the chores. We were even considering moving to senior housing. Then Jesus came. He was doing cleanup in a neighbor’s yard and my husband asked him to come over and rake up the leaves one fall. He just kept coming back. We joked that we’d been adopted.
Of course, eventually he wanted to be paid, but it’s worked out fine for all of us. He’s made it possible for this old granny to keep on top of garden chores, because he does the basic maintance and tree/shrub planting, leaving me the fun things like planting veggies and harvesting. Now we have no intention moving.
I hope to have an egg report to add to next week’s Harvest Monday. Visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others harvested this week.