Monday, January 31, 2011

Harvest Monday: January 31, 2011

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

It has been a while since I have been able to post a harvest for “Harvest Mondays.” Although the garden is still under a few feet of snow, the greens growing under the lights in the basement were ready for their first harvest this weekend:




Onion Trimmings

We had enough for a couple salads, which tasted so good and fresh.

I also made turkey soup this week using turkey stock, leftover meat and preserved garden vegetables from the freezer:

Turkey Soup

Garden grown vegetables used in the soup included carrots, onions, celery, spinach, and pea pods. Dried oregano and thyme from the garden and fresh parsley and rosemary from the plants growing on the windowsill were also used. Unfortunately, I am running low on preserved garden bounty but have adjusted the amounts grown for the upcoming 2011 growing season.

Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.


  1. The turkey soup looks delicious. I have run out of noodles for my soup. I have to go to the store and get some more today. Really pretty harvest for under grow lights. Right now I'm making sprouts inside. But I ought to have onion trimmings in a week or so.

  2. Beautiful harvest this week! I had to move my greens out from under the lights to the greenhouse to make way for my new seedlings. They (of course) have all but stopped growing in the cool and less light filled environment so our greens harvest abruptly stopped. I was enjoying the grow light crops though prior to that!

    Soup looks yummy too. :D

  3. That's some great looking greens for growing under lights!

  4. What a wonderful harvest and a lot of greens for growing under lights - they look so beautiful!

  5. Amazing that came from your basement!

  6. Wow, I'm amazed by your crops grown under lights. I'm still waiting for my winter grown greens other than kale and chard to start producing.

  7. Daphne: I love soups, but K isn’t a big fan. Luckily I can freeze some and pull it out each day for lunches at work.

    Laura: I should have started some greens earlier under the lights. They will need to be moved to the windowsill to make room for the new seedlings soon. Until then I hope they continue to grow.

    Robin: The greens were so fresh and delicate from growing under lights. We had to eat them up quick.

    Foodgardenkitchen: Thanks!

    A Kitchen Garden in Kihei Maui: Thanks! It is nice to have a little fresh greens in the middle of winter.

    Barbie: I think it is amazing as well.

    Michelle: Now that I know they will grow well under the lights, I may grow more winter crops in the basement next year.

  8. Nice harvest! I'm going to miss my greens for a few weeks until what is in the greenhouse is ready...wish I had thought to start some under lights earlier like you did...

  9. Very tasty looking greens and a nice size for growing under lights.

  10. Wow! Bravo, your greens look absolutely incredible! I am completely jealous :) Definitely keep it up.

  11. Oh my! I am so impressed with your greens that you grew under the grow lights! It looks just amazing!

  12. Wow! I SO envy your 40 acres, though I can't say I envy your climate. Snow and I are best being occasional acquaintences at best. 40 acres here would cost about what I could expect to make in my lifetime...

    Seeing your harvest makes me sad I didn't do a winter garden this year. Boy do I miss a garden salad. Congrats!

  13. Deb Fitz: These greens will keep me happy until planting time. I wish I had a greenhouse, maybe someday.

    Ottawa Gardener: I was surprised how large they can grow.

    Allison (a tasteful garden): Thanks! Now I wonder why I didn’t try this earlier.

    Meemsnyc: Thanks!

    Sinfonian: I wish I had 40 acres! Wouldn’t that be a gardener’s dream! I have a few acres and a small vegetable garden. The greens pictured here were grown under lights in the basement. I was testing some older seeds to see if they would germinate and decided to grow some lettuce and spinach for some fresh salads.

  14. GrafixMuse, your harvest is absolutely amazing! I wish I had a basement. ;)

  15. Wow, those greens that you have grown under lights look incredible, so large and green...that arugula is really impressive. My wife and I are big on soup and yours looks delicious.:)