Harvest Monday on Christmas Eve, 2012

As if there isn’t enough going on today, I’m going to do a Harvest Monday post. I’m nearly done wrapping Christmas presents, but need to stop to make breakfast before lunchtime rolls around.

Breakfast makings, all from the garden and our hens!

Breakfast makings, all from the garden and our hens!

I am going to make an omelette with bell peppers and a green onion harvested this morning, eggs from our hens, and oranges that I harvested a few days ago. Then it will be back to wrapping presents.

ACK! Who did this?

ACK! Who did this?

We went away to Borrego Springs this week for a couple of relaxing days for our wedding anniversary. I happily bounced to my newly planted salad bed to see how it was growing, and unhappily discovered that some critter had eaten my lettuce seedlings to the ground. We don’t have deer or rabbits. We do have opossums aplenty. Did an opossum do this? Time to set the live trap again.

This is the rest of my salad bed, with some lettuces surviving, plus garlic and green onions.

This is the rest of my salad bed, with some lettuces surviving, plus garlic and green onions.

View from the street, looking at our house and my raised beds under the olive tree.

View from the street, looking West at our house and my raised beds under the olive tree.

I really want to take out that old olive tree. We never get olives, it shades my vegetable beds, and it costs too much money every year to get it trimmed. I want it GONE. Then I can put in another vegetable bed.

Raised bed in front, looking north. From close to far: parsley, basil, chard, beets, carrots, garlic (4 kinds), broccoli, cauliflower, and savoy cabbage.

Raised bed in front, looking north. From close to far: parsley, basil, chard, beets, carrots, garlic (4 kinds), broccoli, cauliflower, and savoy cabbage.

Our front yard with MORE fallen leaves. It seems like there is no end to the leaves. I bag them and compost them over the course of a year. Garden gold.

Our front yard with MORE fallen leaves. It seems like there is no end to the leaves. Our gardener bags them and I compost them over the course of a year. Garden gold.

Paperwhite narcissus are the first spring flower to bloom, and they are blooming now. I also have some purple iris in bloom.

Paperwhite narcissus are the first spring flower to bloom, and they are blooming now. I also have some purple iris in bloom.

I cleaned and filled the hummingbird feeders and began feeding sunflower seeds to the birds again. Our yard is filled with beauty, life and happiness.

I cleaned and filled the hummingbird feeders and began feeding sunflower seeds to the birds again. This is an Allen’s hummingbird. We also get Anna’s hummers. Our yard is filled with beauty, life and happiness.

The chickens say HI.

The chickens say HI.

Here is what I harvested last week, all citrus.

FRUIT

1 lb 3 oz Limes

2 lbs 6 oz Oranges, Navel

TOTAL PRODUCE 3 lbs 9 oz plus a couple of eggs

If you had a harvest, visit Daphne’s Dandelions. And have a very Merry Christmas, if that is a holiday that you celebrate.

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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4 Responses to Harvest Monday on Christmas Eve, 2012

  1. Daphne says:

    I really like the look of the olive tree, though I get wanting to have more garden space. At my last house I had to cut down a beautiful crab apple to have a spot for my garden.

  2. Dave says:

    Drat those varmints! I sure know how that feels. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  3. Love the raised bed under the olive tree, and it looks so lush for this time of year. It’s been so chilly here that our beds seem to be in stasis at the moment (27F when I got up this morning). I need to have a word with our hens, they seem to be on strike, and haven’t yet gotten the memo that the days are getting longer. I’m envious of your eggs, my hens need to get back to work!

    • Clare, one of my new hens laid a broken egg yesterday. It was her first one. I am so excited. I am assuming that the shells will get harder as her body gets used to laying, and that the second new girl will begin laying as well. I’m sure your girls will get back to laying soon.

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