Harvest Monday February 3, 2020

It’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It’s another year for Harvest Monday, and hard to believe I’ve been hosting it for over four years now since Daphne passed the baton. I have had small but much appreciated harvests in the last couple of months, including quite a few from the main garden. The collard greens have proven to be amazingly hardy, even more so than most of the kales I had planted. The Alabama Blue, Green Glaze, Yellow Cabbage and Georgia Southern plants are still alive and have given us plenty of greens to eat this winter. The hybrid collards didn’t survive however.

Yellow Cabbage collards

Alabama Blue collards

Green Glaze collards

One kale that has survived this far is a new one I’m growing from Restoration Seeds called Purple Russian. Based on the performance of this one so far, it has earned a spot in the 2020 garden. The purple coloration is subtle, but the leaves are tender and flavorful and the hardiness is an added bonus.

Purple Russian kale

I’ve been getting lettuce as needed from the greenhouse plantings. These are all growing in containers, and are doing well despite going through a frequent freezing and thawing cycle. I’m growing mostly leaf types with a few butterhead types thrown in as well. Panisse is a lovely French bred oak leaf lettuce that has smooth buttery leaves. I’m growing it and its red cousin Oscarde now in the greenhouse.

leaf and butter lettuce

Panisse and Oscarde lettuce

And I started cutting the first of the purple sprouting broccoli last week. I set out about a dozen plants last fall, and Burgundy was the first to be ready. I also have Rudolph and Santee and the plants are all looking good so I have high hopes with more sprouts in the next couple of months.

Burgundy broccoli

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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9 Responses to Harvest Monday February 3, 2020

  1. Welcome back from your break Dave! From the look of those lettuce leaves it looks like you’ve had some sunshine, as well as those freezes! Our PSB is still nowhere to be seen after our very wet late summer and autumn, but I guess that means more for spring!

  2. Lorraine Barnett says:

    Hi Dave! Good to see you in my “inbox!” I am curious if you cover the broccoli in your garden? And how about the collards? Do they survive the freeze/thaw cycle without cover? It is amazing, isn’t it, how sweet those greens are in the cold weather? We live in central Missouri and we have had buckets of rain and snow. The temperatures have been somewhat mild but we’ve seen some teens and one or two nights it got down in the single digits.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      No cover for the collards.The broccoli is in the greenhouse. It never seems to survive the winter outside. The greens are surely sweet in cold weather!

  3. Look at those purple collards! As always, I’m envious of your PSB. Amazing that you can harvest this early. I have one plant that survived the raccoon attack so am still hopeful. BTW, I goofed and did not publish my Harvest Monday post before linking here. It’s up now.

  4. Congratulations and thanks for four years of hosting Harvest Mondays.

  5. mrs.pickles says:

    looks great! I’m finally trying to get back into blogging again. I am very happy to see that harvest monday’s are still going strong!

  6. Jane Strong says:

    Yay! You’re back. I’m craving greens right now and yours look so good. It’s always fun for me to see what others in different locations are growing and how they cook their harvests even though I grow very little myself.

  7. alittlebitofsunshine says:

    Hi good to see you back… must be the week of the returnees! You have beaten me with the first PSB harvest this year, as even under cover mine are not ready to pick. Lovely selection of collards there, so much sweeter in taste than kales

  8. shaheen says:

    Nice to see Harvest Monday back and Thank you for continuing to host for us to join in. I don’t have any PSB this year, do still have some rainbow chard which i hope to share next week with you. Your garden greens are all fabulous, esp. the collard greens and kale. I am so envious at how pest free they are, in my garden they would have been turned to green lace.

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