Monday 30 November 2015
Harvest Monday: November 30, 2015
Maybe I won't give up on growing Brussels sprouts just yet! Okay, well these are probably half the size (or smaller) of what I would expect to get if I were buying them. But growing my own vegetables means I have much lower expectations. :)
Seriously though, I'm happy enough with these and growing sprouts really isn't much work plus they take up very little space in the garden (the plants can get large but they are mostly vertical). I haven't harvested the sprouts from these plants yet but I figured the plants were about as far along as they were going to get and pulled them from the garden. It won't be a huge harvest but enough that I'm satisfied with the results (i.e. yield versus effort).
I am definitely NOT satisfied with this next harvest although there wasn't much effort involved here either. The picture shows 3 entire plants of Vates Blue Curled Kale. Pathetic. Really, really pathetic. But it was the poor location more than anything else. These were direct sowed back in late April!! And this is as large as they got. This is one of the plants ...
The area has less light than I had originally thought when digging up a garden plus it is right beside a pine tree. I tested the pH levels early in the season and they were average, but it's not an ideal spot to be sure. I can't imagine what I'll do with the space - probably just put grass seed down again ...
I admit it is a bit weird harvesting greens while they are completely covered in frost. This is the first time I've grown kale this late in the season (also have radishes in the ground still but the soil was frozen so I left them alone). And the leaves at the bottom are the last bit of Ruby Red chard from a container in the greenhouse.
And to follow up on last week's harvest, I did indeed use my micro beetroot harvest to make a pasta (I didn't have regular goat cheese so topped it with a chunk of goat's milk feta). Very tasty!
I look forward to seeing what other folks around the globe are harvesting this week on Our Happy Acres Harvest Monday collection.