December 2010

Full details of weekly harvests at bottom of page

Week 31:   November 27 – December 3

Total for week = £2.48 /62g

Early snow!

Winter peas in container by front door

The winter crops in the containers at front (south side) of the house look as if they pulling through fine. At the back on the balcony (north facing) life is more of a struggle and fear for some of the plants, particularly the chard and the Chinese cabbage.  The soil in most of the container at the back is also frozen solid. Note to self: build more protection for next year.

Balcony snow

A few herbs are still around to be picked, and we enjoyed a small handful with most meals during the week.

Week 32:   December 4 – 10

Total for week = £4.41 /262g

Slender pickings. Enjoyed a tasty stir fry on Friday with cavelo nero, tatsoi and Chinese broccoli. Other than that, only a few herbs from the window sills -  the lovage and chives are wilting badly and on their last legs. Reminder to self: pick and freeze the chives and lovage before the first winter frosts next year.

Week 33:   December 11 – 17

Total for week = £2.18 /97g

Very cold! Managed to salvage a last few sprigs of tarragon before it returns (hopefully!) in the spring.

As growth is so slow I’m not picking much salad from the balcony – I’m hoping the plants will recover and put on new growth in the New Year. In the meantime, sunflower shoots grown in trays inside are the main source of greenery for our salads. And I’ve planted more pea and bean shoots inside. I recently wrote more about how to grow these on my blog here.

I’m also sprouting mung beans and alfalfa, although I’m not adding recording these as part of the harvests.

 

Sprouting mung beans: It's cheaper to sprout beans from health food shops than to buy special seed for sprouting

Week 34:   December 18 – 24

Total for week = £1.62 /77g

Deep snow this week! Just a few treasured  pea and bean shoots from trays inside.

Deep snow - hopefully the chard and salad burnet is surviving underneath!

Week 35:   December 25 – 31

Total for week = £0 /0g

We’re away for the week, leaving the veg to fend off this cold alone.

Harvest Details for December 2010

Week 31:   November 27 – December 3

Saturday: 8g coriander
Sunday: 7g parsley, 8g thyme
Tuesday: 10g sage, 4g parsley
Wednesday: 11g coriander
Thursday: 6g parsley
Friday: 8g rosemary

Total for week =62g; value = £2.48
Total since 1 May = 75.7 kg; total value = £781.03

Week 32:   December 4 – 10

Saturday: 14g sage, 8g chives, 9g parsley, 4g lovage
Sunday: 6g chives, 55g salad leaves
Monday: 14g sage
Wednesday: 7g chives
Friday: 104g cavleo nero, 23g tatsoi, 18g Chinese broccoli

Total for week =262g; value = £4.41
Total since 1 May = 76 kg; total value = £785.44

Week 33:   December 11 – 17

Saturday: 4g tarragon
Tuesday: 4g rosemary
Wednesday: 33g sunflower shoots
Friday: 56g sunflower shoots

Total for week =97g; value = £2.19
Total since 1 May = 76.1 kg; total value = £787.63

Week 34:   December 18 – 24

Sunday: 62g pea shoots
Monday: 15g pea shoots

Total for week =77g; value = £1.62
Total since 1 May = 76.2 kg; total value = £789.24

Week 35:   December 25 – 31

Total for week =0g; value = £0
Total since 1 May = 76.2 kg; total value = £789.24