Harvest Monday April 12, 2010

I’m behind, as usual. That’s why I’m doing Harvest Monday late on Tuesday. And after I get this post done, I need to process and send photos to the paper to go with my Thursday column in the HB Independent, and then post a blog to accompany it. Arg, it’s already 10:30 pm. Does anyone else find it daunting trying to work, manage a household, garden (including caring for chickens), cook, compost, and keep up with blogging?

Brunch from the garden included my first strawberries, sauteed baby chard, fried eggs, and homemade bread with homemade Meyer lemon marmalade.

Part of being busy this week included NOT photographing most of the harvest this week, including NOT photographing some of the delicious meals I made with it. Too bad, because the stirfry with snap peas, red bell peppers and red onion was beautiful and tasted fabulous.

BTW, my blog hit count is up to 9,639. I may hit 10,000 sooner than April 18, which is when I thought the count would roll over that number.

Harvest for the week prior to April 12, 2010

19 eggs (a new productivity record)

1lb 8 oz. snap peas

3 strawberries (2 oz.)

5 oz. chard microgreens

TOTAL 19 eggs plus 1 lb, 15 oz. produce

To see what others are harvesting this week, or to add your own harvest, visit Harvest Monday at Daphne’s Dandelions.

(To read more of Lou Murray’s environmental writing, see her weekly column, Natural Perspectives, in the Huntington Beach Independent at http://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 April 12, 2010

  1. Daphne says:

    That is a wonderful garden brunch. I don’t have strawberries right now, but I can’t wait for the farmers markets to open in June so I can eat all the local strawberries. Yum.

    • Hi Daphne. My strawberry harvest looks like it’s going to be very small, given that I have only one strawberry pot. I’m hoping that the harvest will extend over a long time at least. This is my first attempt at growing strawberries, so we’ll see.

  2. Angela Moll says:

    I hear you, I hear you, how do we have time to blog in addition to everything else, including gardening, cooking and preserving our harvest is a mystery. You did well, though, this brunch looks delicious!

    • Thanks Angela. After spending all day in the garden today, I was beat. My long-suffering husband cooked dinner after he got off work. How did our ancestors do it, plus spinning, weaving and making all their own clothes, candles, cheese, etc.? And with a dozen kids underfoot as well.

  3. Brenda K says:

    I-yi-yi…for me, just add “manage and perform with a band”, substitute the chickens for cats plus a tortoise (although I hope to add chickens!). My poor blog has been languishing away with month-long gaps between posts and the garden is only half-planted for spring while I run myself ragged with all the other stuff. (Ok, I’ll admit that Chi helps with the Panache Cats and tortoise and does the dishes sometimes, but I’m carrying the rest of the load.)

    Last week we got so many strawberries from the pot out front that Chi asked me to make a pie out of them! I also got a nice batch of mange-tout peas and some French filet beans I planted last fall that hung on through the winter and are continuing to produce. The beets are almost done too.

    Will you share your recipe for the Meyer lemon marmalade? Pretty Please?

    • Glad I’m not the only one with a heavy load. Here I am after midnight finally getting around to my blog after a hard but enjoyable day of spring planting. Oh, how to share the Meyer lemon marmalade recipe? I used the one I found on Thomas’s site at A Growing Tradition. There is a link on my sidebar. I’ll bet that if you search for Meyer Lemon Marmalade Recipe, you’ll find it as it originally appeared in Gourmet. Thomas added a bit of ginger, and so did I.

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