My Edible Garden

I've been gardening for most of my life and have been a devoted fan of organic gardening the whole time. It just makes so much more sense to work in harmony with Mother Nature than to fight her. Besides which it is better for the planet and better for our bodies. Here you can see what I'm planting and harvesting, with gardening hints and resources thrown in for good measure.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Today's Harvest: lettuce, beet, tomatoes

Harvest 11-11-11, baby lettuce, yellow marble tomatoes, a yellow beet
Today's harvest is small compared to how much food I actually eat, but things will get bigger and better as I go along. I picked 8 ounces of mixed baby lettuce, 4 ounces of Yellow Marble tomatoes and the biggest beet in the patch. The beet & greens together weighed in at 1 pound, 3 ounces. The root alone weighed 5 ounces.

The root really is that bright of a golden yellow. When cooked it loses most of the color and is a very pale yellow, almost white.  The ratty outer leaves and the tough stalks went to the rabbits; the tender leaves were part of tonight's dinner along with the root which is super sweet and not quite as earthy as red beets I grow.

I don't know the name of this beet and I'm not sure but it might even be a cross between a couple of kinds.You see I bought a mixed package of Heritage beets from Bountiful Gardens probably about 8 years ago. There were several really huge white beets in the mix, which I let go to seed. There might have been a yellow one in there too, I really don't remember now. That would have been about 2005. I still have more than half a pint of seeds left, but germination is beginning to drop off a tad. Most of the seeds sprout, but instead of several plants from one seed ball, they are tending more to just one. Which is OK, it means a lot less thinning for me.  I will probably let some of them go to seed next year, just to replenish the supply.

Also I'd like to draw your attention to the tabs across the top of the page. These are extra pages I've added to the blog which I'll be updating from time to time, especially the amounts harvested and worth of produce but also the varieties I'm growing. That page will eventually be in alpha order, but for now it's a little random. The worth of produce is the price I'd have to pay for a comparable product at the local market.

And since I didn't harvest anything else since Friday, I'll list this post for Harvest Monday over at Daphne's Dandelions, a great place to connect with other gardening bloggers and what they are harvesting from their gardens.


  1. Nice fall harvest. I have some golden beets growing under the hoop tunnel but they are not quite sized up enough yet to harvest. Everything is slowing way down and entering into the period fo semi dormancy so I may be waiting a while for those to finish up enough to be harvestable.

  2. Looks like a golden beet to me, it's nice to know beet seeds can last that long, I tend to throw out seeds that are older than 3 years, I should try to save them longer.

  3. Love your marble yellow tomatoes, they are so cute.

  4. Never grown yellow beets before, but I know many like them. Yours has a great history!

  5. That's one big beet! And such a pretty color! I love growing different colored veggies- makes for interesting and pretty harvests.

  6. Thanks everyone. If I get a good harvest of seeds next year I'll have to do a give away on the yellow beet ;-)

  7. Lovely looking tomatoes, I'm naturally drawn to tomatoes at the moment as I await my own crop.

  8. Fascinating story about that beet! Too bad you don't know what type it is, but I guess that adds to the mystery. :)