Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday Harvests 1/11/10

Warning: Objects may appear larger than reality! (This is a mini-colander)

This week I harvested two things from under the lights indoors. They are probably the only harvests I will have from indoors since my lettuce seeds never took off and my peppers have been infested with aphids and sucked dry. One has died and the other is on its way. I could have saved them if I had done something about the aphids a few months ago, but now its too late.
I won't show you what they look like, its embarrassing. This is the one cayenne pepper that set before the aphid attack began. It just turned red. So now the only thing that is really producing under the grow lights in the herbs, rosemary, thyme, and basil. The funny thing is that we don't use the basil because its not a winter time flavor. Occasionally I remember to toss it in pasta sauce, but often it is forgotten.

My ginger died back recently and so I harvested the root this weekend. The main piece I planted back in June was no longer edible, but the off shoots where the leaves were created these two small pieces. I think if it had gotten more sun this summer and I had been more diligent about fertilizing it, they might have gotten bigger. They only weigh 1 1/4 oz. I haven't decided whether we'll eat it, or if I'll save it to re-plant and hope for better returns next year.

Maybe this week it will warm up so I can pick a few greens from the cold frame.
You can see what other gardeners are still harvesting at Daphne's Dandelions.


Daphne said...

I've always thought about growing ginger. I use so much of it. I'm just not as good with things in pots though. If you forget to water the plants really don't like it and I'm known for forgetting things. I only have one indoor plant left alive and it is an aloe plant that can be forgotten for months and it still lives.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi there, congratulations to your harvest! I have zerooo to harvest. OK I could harvest some chilies from the veranda but that is it and perhaps some kale and Brussel sprout from underneath the snow out in my potager.

Michelle said...

The joys of photography, it looks like a big piece of ginger and a huge pepper! You get an A for effort in my book.

Anonymous said...

It is a small harvest, but it is still a harvest. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Marcia said...

Until I scrolled down I too thought it was a mammoth ginger root.

Dan said...

That's pretty cool that the ginger produced more rhizomes. I should try growing some this season.

mangocheeks said...

I am impressed. Unfortuantely I can't grow ginger where I am.

Love your knits! I am hoing to begin knitting this year.