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.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Harvest Monday

homegrown salad!
Well now another Harvest Monday rolls around; gosh some weeks just seem to be flying by and I'm not always taking a picture of every harvest. Linking up to our hostess, Daphne's Dandelions, hop on over and visit with gardeners from around the world.

Of course I harvested salad this week, although the lettuce harvest is a bit light, there being a slight gap between the old lettuce getting too bitter to eat and the new baby lettuce being big enough to pick. Besides lettuce there is sorrel, lambs quarters, chives, radish and viola blossoms.

first strawberries
The straw mulch helped keep these strawberries from rotting, but some kind of bug or maybe a small bird was tasting them. However they were ever so sweet and delicious. Can't wait until I have more plants and can get more than a taste!

Besides these of course there were eggs, some greens for cooking (red mustard, lambs quarters, chard) and lots of peas now that the bed of Mammoth Melting Sugar are producing.

storm damage

And the storm we had a week or so ago caused some shredding of the plastic on the greenhouse.  You can see the Dwarf Grey Sugar peas here. They are even more pathetic looking now. I've been picking off yellowing seed pods and when I've got most of them then I'll feed the vines to the rabbits and chickens and plant something else in the tubs.

You can see more stuff going on around the garden in my post from Saturday and the one from Wednesday.

Also, I've gotten my harvest totals, feed totals and chicken page all caught up. A quick scan of this month's harvests tells me that we are likely going to be at about half of what we had in March. I think this is mostly because I don't have my lettuce succession down yet, so will need to work on that.


  1. That salad looks soooo good!

  2. Sorry to see your storm damage. I hope you have loads and loads of strawberries this year! They take plenty of work, but they sure are worth it.

  3. Sorry about the storm damage, I have to place netting over my strawberries to keep the birds off, some still manage to get under the netting and I have to release them.

  4. So sorry about the damage to your greenhouse. Those strawberries sure look good. What I would do for some strawberries right now!

  5. Oh yeah...the wind seems to love to tear apart our plastic too. Sorry about your plastic :-( No fun! Your salad, on the other hand, looks divine!

  6. Hope that's just the start of a great strawberry season.
    Do you have millipeads? they sometimes get into my strawberries and any tomatoes resting on the ground.

  7. Strawberries are work in my area - have to net them to keep the birds out, have to be vigilant on my slug patrol wars, and during the heavy fruiting period I have to use an organic fungicide or I end up with fruit rot/molds. If I manage all that... I get beautiful harvests.

    Beautiful salad fixins again - you always use such a lovely variety in your mix and the flowers make it picture perfect.

  8. Its always so nice to get strawberries. Mine always have slug damage, I frequently find the actual slug still in the berry.

  9. What a gorgeous salad! I should put some straw in my strawberry patch, they seem to rot so easily when the rain comes. And it does seem that every critter wants to taste strawberries. Although I can't blame them, they are soooo yummy! I often catch my dog standing in the strawberry patch snacking away!

  10. Beautiful salad harvest, sorry about our greenhouse, you remind me to put out net for the birds.

  11. That is a lovely article and I love gardening and can't wait for it to get wormer.