Monday, November 19, 2018

Harvest Monday - November 19, 2019

It's a short Harvest post this week, but there's a fresh new harvest that I've not had in a while, some baby lettuces.

Queen of Crunch Lettuce
And a couple of regulars, fennel and celery, plus green fennel seeds which I've been harvesting for months now but not photographing. My Dave so much enjoyed a celery, date, parmesan, and almond salad that I served him one night that he insisted that we have it again but with some improvements. He requested the addition of fresh apple and pomegranate arils and yes it was delicious.

Green Fennel Seeds and Orion Fennel
Pink Plume Celery
Other than that I harvested a tiny bit of broccoli shoots and a couple of handfuls of hot peppers. 

I've been avoiding working in the garden most days because there's a lot of smoke in the air from the fires burning in the state. Even though I'm at least 200 miles from the Camp Fire the weather conditions are such that the smoke is lingering up and down the state and has gotten to unhealthy levels even here. I'm fortunate though because closer to the fire the smoke is so bad that the air has ranked as the most polluted anywhere in the world and is truly toxic to breathe. It is shocking how incredibly devastating that fire is and frightening too. I look around at the parched landscape that I'm living in and know that it could happen here. My heart goes out to the people who have lost their homes and loved ones and their community. I can't find the words to describe how deeply I feel for them. Everyone here is anticipating the rain that is on the way this week, hopefully enough to douse the flames but not so much as to cause other problems. The end of the fire season just can't come soon enough, this one has been a horror.

Head on over to Dave's blog Our Happy Acres to find links to more Harvest Monday posts.


  1. Your fires have been heavily featured on our news. It’s devastating but I had never considered how wide the effect of the smile would be. I end up with a sore throat when people in our allotment site have bonfires so I can understand why you don’t want to be outdoors. I hope the rain sorts things out soon and you stay safe.

  2. It is such a sad story. One of our friends from SoCal was here visiting and he talked about how bad the smoke was at his place from that fire.

    The baby lettuces look great to me. I miss our homegrown lettuce, but I've got some sizing up in the greenhouse that should be ready soon.

  3. Yum, yum lettuce - I grew one round of it in the spring but then was away so much over the summer that didn't end up seeding any more...I miss it.

    I'm thankful that you are a safe distance from the fires - all of the casualties and the number of missing (I can't believe how high the numbers are!) - so incredibly devastating.

  4. Dill and fennel are so challenging for me. They are so interesting

  5. As Sue said, we have seen your terrible fires on the UK news.. devastating. You must be glad to be far enough away not to be at risk of burning but the smoke effect sounds horrid.
    Those lettuce look good and crisp, as well as being an interesting shade of green


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