This past week hasn’t been too bad, considering that we left for our Christmas vacation on Monday Dec. 19 and didn’t get back until yesterday, Sunday Dec. 25. I headed straight to the garden in back to see what I could scrounge for our Christmas dinner. We had yaki-soba and a key lime pie. Kinda strange, but that’s what the harvest yielded.
Our travels took us to Albuquerque to see the candelaria on Christmas eve and to get in some winter birding/photography. We arrived just as their major winter snow storm was starting, but by constantly monitoring the weather channel on my iPad and planning accordingly, we were able to dodge the bullet on bad weather. I took 900 pics, and will make a post on our trip after I process the photos. That’s going to take some time.
Meanwhile, back to the garden. My community garden plot gardening area is in the shape of the letter E, with gravel paths. The plot came with compacted gravel since this area had been a parking lot for heavy construction equipment. The kid that I hired to rototill the garden initially didn’t dig very deep, so my plot wasn’t as productive this year as I would have liked. Well, a new season is coming up.
I still have beets, carrots, chard, garlic, onions, mizuna and komatsuna growing, plus a couple of tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants that I’m going to attempt to overwinter. If we don’t get a frost, they’ll revive come spring. I hope. Because they sure didn’t give me much this past growing season.
I need to finish the fencing and put up plastic edging before spading up the soil and adding more amendments. Then I can put in winter crops like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes, peas, etc. I have those growing now in my home garden (except for radishes), so those would be a second or third crop for me.
Here is what I harvested from my home garden this week.
Harvest Monday ending Dec. 25, 2011
4.5 oz. lemon, Meyer
4 oz. lime
Subtotal fruit 8.5 oz.
1 lb 4 oz avocados
4 oz broccoli
11 oz eggplant, Black Beauty
2.5 oz peas, snow
Subtotal 37.5 oz or 2 lbs 11.5 oz
TOTAL PRODUCE 3 lbs 3.6 oz, but no eggs
Hey, that’s not bad for late December. After Dec. 31, I’ll add up my total harvest for the year. It’s going to fall far short of my goal. There’s always next year. To see what others are harvesting, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.
I’m always surprised by how hardy eggplants can be too. Those avocados look great.
Liz, those poky avocados are just now turning ripe.
This time of year I love seeing your garden. I made some Lemon ice cream from Meyer Lemons I found at Trader Joe’s. Dear heavens was that good. I hope your enjoy your pie, that’s also a favorite of mine! Happy New Year to you!
Ali, great idea. I’ll have to try making some lemon ice cream or sherbet. The temps are going to be in the 70s all week here in sunny southern California, so it isn’t too out of season.
Once I grew eggplants in pots and brought them in when the freezing started. They finished growing the fruit that was on them, then look very sad so I pruned them back and in spring when the days got warmer and longer they began to produce again. I’m going to try that again this year.
Mary, interesting that you can overwinter eggplants indoors. I still have three eggplants on the vine, as it were, awaiting harvest.
What’s with all the rule changes at the community plot? I could kind of see a conformity requirement for fencing just to keep the place looking tidy – but the bed edging ban? What is that about?
Nice harvest for late December! Glad you made it safely through your travels – sounds like you had a good time.
Kitsapfg, the community garden committee is at the mercy of the landowner, Edison. Because of the power lines, they say was can’t have any metal. I thought vinyl covered metal would be OK, but they nixed that too after I had bought it and put it up. The plastic chicken netting that was recommended turned out to be ineffective at keeping out bunnies, so the plastic trellis was then approved. It works. As for the bed borders, I think we are being jerked around. The original rules said that we could have raised beds as long as they were no higher than the outer bed borders. Edison is allowing the outer borders, but nixed the inner bed borders, saying that if a power line comes down their trucks wouldn’t be able to drive over our gardens. And yet they allow the outer borders. It makes no sense. But if we don’t comply, we get kicked out. Bottom line is that I spent over $1600 on materials for my new plot, most of which I can’t use there. Can’t tell you how angry that makes me.
Beautiful harvest. I so love avacados. Some things I really miss being able to grow in the colder climate. I’d love to grow lemons too.
Nice looking chard in your community plot. What should one look for when selecting avocado in the food market? I never know what I am doing.
What an amazing harvest! That’s quite a haul!!!
What a great harvest! 🙂
Lynn, Bee Girl, Daphne and Norma, thanks. As for avocados, I look for ones that are just turning soft, but not too soft, so they only need a couple of days of ripening. Hard ones are fine too, they just take longer to ripen.