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Harvest for Christmas 2010

I've had an extended holiday the last few weeks. Lots of snow and ice have meant that I couldn't garden, - Catching a very rare cold from being inside too much didn't help, and my son was poorly too, so all in all, by the time it got to Christmas, i'd already had time off, and was ready to relax and eat too much.

Luckily my hard work earlier in the year had paid off, and although i've ignored my greenhouse for most of this month I still had a wonderful harvest of salad leaves on Christmas day


From the bottom (clockwise) - Red mustard, Mizuna, red veined sorrel, Coriander confetti, Chervil, Rocket.

I had hoped to add russian Kale leaves to the collection, but they were a bit covered up.


Likewise the spinach, cavelo nero and chard, and the Pigeons didn't like the idea of us having home grown calabrese for christmas dinner


But I did make the stuffing from homegrown Sage, and used Rosemary and thyme in the trivet for cooking the Turkey (a la Jamie Oliver's instructions).

Must try for Brussel sprouts next year....



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Nice! For the first time ever I was able to put on a Herb and Salad spread too. I was so proud of myself. Your's look great. Must get me some sorrel.

Claire, Plantpassion

Thanks frazzled, - the Sorrel was a Mr Fothergills Vegetable Explorer pack, - suprisingly easy to grow.
My mum also had some homegrown salad for boxing day, - and was thankful to me for encouraging her to grow some, - good to be proud of winter acheivements.


I have been planning my new allotment and was considering parsnips and brussels but the allotment is on the other side of town and the road to it was unpassable in the recent snow so I wonder whether I should bother growing veg for next Christmas!!!!!

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