Monthly Archives: February 2014

Yesterday’s Harvest



OK, so it will never be displayed in the Met.

My new Olympus doesn’t do quite so well inside as out. But this is what I harvested yesterday.

I took the photo just moments before I chopped up the peppers and tossed them in a stir-fry.

I ate the broccoli and tomato for lunch, today.

Springtime (almost)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAh, late winter in Florida. Daytime temperatures in the high 70s, dropping to the mid-60s at night. A time when all men’s fancy turns to – calling a lawn service and having the #!&* oak leaves vacuumed up!

But I resisted the awful temptation and fired up my trusty hand-powered rake. I worked for one and a half hours before lunch today. I only managed to get the gutter in front of my house plus my driveway. At least now I can tell that I have a driveway.

When I took a break for lunch I decided I needed a little inspiration to keep going. So I watched some “Homesteader Porn.” Don’t Worry, it’s definitely G rated. But it got me all pumped up to go out and do some more raking.

It reminded me of Laura Ingalls helping her dad with the haying. Except Laura was only 4 foot 11 (1.5m)! Talk about strength and coordination!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat I’ve harvested since last I posted.

(4) Tomatoes: 19 ounces

(1) green pepper: 1.6 ounces

(4) heads of broccoli: 19 ounces

(1) head of cauliflower: 5.8 ounces

A handful of jalapenos 1.3 ounces

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA handful of broccoli florets: 2 ounces

Notice the head of cauliflower – that one plant that never formed a head suddenly did!

I never did find my camera—but I got a new one. It’s an Olympus VG-160. The pictures are better quality; you wouldn’t believe how many out-of-focus shots I had with my old camera.

February Harvest

Once again, I’ve been remiss in posting.

Our cold, miserable January ended with a bang – the last five days were even more wet and miserable than the rest of the month. Around here we average 2 inches of rain in January. During the last five days of January, 2014, I got over 3 inches at my house. February has started off less miserably but the rains continue off and on.

The good news is:
I haven’t had to water my garden during the last two and half weeks.
There was not one Frost all winter!
I harvested some vegetables.


Wednesday, January 29: harvested three small heads of broccoli, total 18 ounces. I chopped these up and ate them, raw, over the next several days in my lunch. Very tender and tasty.

Saturday, February 1: harvested three ripe tomatoes, total 11 ounces. Yum.

Sunday, February 2: remember those cauliflowers I planted on a lark? Well one of them never formed a head. I harvested the other three today – for a total of 33 ounces. The smallest head of cauliflower weighed as much as the largest head of broccoli. Must think about planting more cauliflower next year.

Thursday, February 6. Harvested one small tomato: 4 ounces. I’ve been very pleased with the tomatoes and I’m keeping on top of picking them just as they become ripe. The flavor is very good. I also picked a couple of tiny green peppers and jalapenos on Friday – these plants are definitely done for.

The garden isn’t yet producing enough veggies to supply all my needs. But I eat raw veggies every day for lunch—and the garden has been handling that for the past couple of months.

I’ll add some pictures to the post when I figure out where I put my camera. I had it on Friday…


[Update: I mowed the lawn for the first time this year. I really should have done it two weeks ago.

More broccoli. I picked another small head: 3.75 oz. ]