Monday, July 1, 2013

Harvest Monday 7/1/13

After a little over a week we are all moved in and unpacked!  There are still decorations to hang, curtains to sew, and countless other things to do to make the new house feel like home.  But at least the giant stack of boxes in the garage is gone. 

We added two new plants to the household.  For some reason I can grow a garden, flowers, shrubs, trees.. as long as they are outside.  For some reason, when I bring a plant in the house it seems to have a death sentence.  I think they die from too much love.  It seems that both J and I water the plants until they are drowning and give up living.  To attempt to remedy this problem, the plant on the left is J’s and the one on the right is mine.  However, this is feeling like too much pressure.  What if my plant dies?

Anyway, on to this week’s harvests:  the big day of the season has arrived, the first tomato harvest!  The first tomatoes, which were from the new garden, were two yellow pears. 

Later on in the week I also harvested the first paste tomatoes. 

I also plucked some little bell peppers because I was cooking chili and need them.

From the old garden I harvested some giant Swiss chard leaves, which went into an omelet.

I also pulled some carrots.  They weren’t the most photogenic carrots (they declined to have their photo taken), but they tasted fine.  Not as sweet as fall carrots, but still good.  I also harvested the first cucumbers.  One was a big one! 

Finally, the blackberry foraging has continued.  We had enough blackberries on our new property to make a blackberry pie to celebrate one week at the new place!

That's all the harvests coming from my garden this week, to see what others are harvesting check out Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions.


  1. I can't grow indoor plants either. But for the opposite reason. I ignore them. I do have an aloe plant that I've had since college though. If I don't water for a month it is OK with that.

  2. Great harvest! And beautiful pie. Love the creamy color of the bell pepper. How exciting to be starting a new garden in a new place.

  3. Wild blackberries are great! Aren't you lucky to have them on your property! We have some too and a few other forage sites we go to, but they are disappearing more and more around here. Your harvests look beautiful, especially those tomatoes. I am terrible with indoor plants. I don't even like them, but we have lots because my husband does. He takes care of them, I usually knock them over.

  4. Blackberry pie, yummy! Your tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers look great!

  5. Glad you are all settled into your new home. Bet those tomatoes were the most delicious.

  6. Congrats on the move AND the harvest! What a busy and exciting time :-)

  7. Congrats on the first tomatoes and peppers!

  8. Hi Jenny, Glad to see your back posting on Harvest Monday. Nice harvest. You are ahead of me on things. Those yellow pear tomatoes sure look interesting. Are they tasty? I have just learned to use swiss chard in my scrambled eggs but I freeze mine first. If it is fresh, do I steam it first or just saute it a bit? Yummy looking pie for sure! Nancy

    1. I love the yellow pear tomatoes and they seem to do well in the heat. I've never frozen swiss chard. I just saute it for a few minutes until it wilts.