Monday, February 21, 2011

Harvest Monday Feb 21st

My Tai Sai cabbage is starting to bolt, unfortunately. In its defense, we have had some days up to 70 degrees. These are the fastest bolters, 5.5 oz of them (along with some green garlic). I'm keeping the slower ones for seed.

The Tai Sai went into my bento, stir fried with some pickled peppers from last summer's garden. On top is soba noodles and chicken. The sauce is for the noodles.

The exciting news of the day... We went to Westurf on a whim, since we'd been cooped up in the house all weekend. They were having a sale on their bare root fruit trees, so we came home with 11 different varieties of fruit: 2 grape vines and 2 grafted trees. The grapes are Thompson seedless and Autumn Royal seedless. The apple tree has Jonagold, Mutsu, Gala, and Fuji. The stone fruit tree has Santa Rosa plum, Fantasia nectarine, Blenheim apricot, and a yellow and white peach, whose names I'm too lazy to look up.

Fruit salad in the side yard!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Harvest Monday 2/14/11

I had to restart my garden this November. Most of last year, I had my vegetable garden in the side yard, outside the backyard fence, where my dogs couldn't dig it up. Then a neighbor complained about the messy look of it and the city made me mow it down.

So. My lovely husband made me a sturdy garden fence in the backyard to keep the dogs out, but it wasn't up until prettty late in the year, so all I have growing now is some pretty small greens. Still, there were enough to harvest this week. There was a total of 12.5 oz of mixed Red Russian kale, Tai Sai Chinese cabbage, and arugula. The bunch below went into our dinner tonight.

The next photo is a local harvest, from the orange tree in my sister's backyard. My husband estimates we picked about 60 lbs. Beautiful.

Those oranges were juiced and filtered into a carboy for orange wine. It looks dayglo orange, doesn't it?