Harvest Monday December 26, 2016

Welcome to Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related.  First up, a little change for Harvest Monday. To give me a little break, Michelle (From Seed To Table) has graciously agreed to take over hosting next month (January, 2017). So to linkup next week, please visit From Seed To Table instead of coming here to find Mr Linky. I really appreciate Michelle giving me a hand, especially at this time of year when my harvests are sparse! I’ll be back as host on February 6, 2017. And now on to my small but welcome harvests this week.

mixed lettuce from greenhouse

mixed lettuce from greenhouse

I cut a little bit of lettuce from the greenhouse last week. I have this growing in a salad box, and other than having a few aphids it has survived the cold weather in there quite well. It was frozen solid several times earlier in the week, but seems none the worse for wear. It wound up in a turkey taco salad, which means we are still enjoying our leftover Thanksgiving turkey here at Christmas time!

microgreen mix

microgreen mix

I also made another cutting of microgreens from the greenhouse. These are growing in a little window box, and I have made quite a few cuttings from this sowing I made back in October. I have other mixes I want to try, but I will likely wait another month or so to get them going. These went into a frittata yesterday.

popcorn shoots growing under lights

popcorn shoots growing under lights

In the future harvests department, I have some popcorn shoots growing under lights in the basement and about ready for harvesting. I’ve gotten a taste of them already, and they are surprisingly sweet. For this first batch I sprouted some organic rainbow popcorn seeds I got from the bulk bins at a local health food store. I also started another batch of sunflower shoots, which should be ready in about a week or less.

blooms on Aji Golden pepper plant

blooms on Aji Golden pepper plant

And also under the lights is an Aji Golden pepper plant that has decided to start blooming here in December! The plant spent the summer in the greenhouse, and I harvested all the peppers and trimmed the plant back before bringing indoors earlier this month. The plant responded by blooming, which is amazing to me since the overwintering peppers don’t usually bloom for me indoors.

Speaking of the Aji Golden pepper, I also want to mention I still have seeds left for my Holiday Seed Giveaway, though I am starting to run low on the Mexico Midget tomato seeds. I hope to begin mailing out seeds this week, once I get everyone’s address information.

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!

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4 Responses to Harvest Monday December 26, 2016

  1. Sue Garrett says:

    It’s interesting that you grow corn and sunflowers as microgreens. I haven’t heard of that before.
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  2. Michelle says:

    Our holiday plans got foiled by the flu, Dave not me (so far), so I get to leave a comment in a timely manner. I’m going to have to see if the popcorn that’s been sitting in my pantry for a couple or more years will sprout. I’m not eating popcorn anymore but if it is capable of sprouting I might be able to put it to use. And if it doesn’t sprout then it will finally get taken off the shelf for good!

    That Aji Golden is amazing, blooming in the middle of winter. I wonder if any of the flowers will manage to pollinate and produce an extra early crop. That’s my only complaint about baccatum peppers, they tend to be late producers.
    Michelle recently posted…Harvest Monday – December 26, 2016My Profile

    • Dave says:

      Ooh, sorry to hear about the flu messing up your plans. I soaked the popcorn in water overnight before planting on top of the soil and covering with a flat. It was sprouting in a few days. Time will tell if the Aji Golden blooms set fruit or not, but it’s a real good sign to see the flowers!

  3. The corn looks really good Dave, I didn’t know it could be eaten as shoots either.

    I realised this morning that I’d missed Harvest Monday….the days go all out of sync over the holidays!
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