Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas - Gifts from the Garden

Christmas Poinsettias
I wanted to wish all of you a safe and happy holiday! Hopefully, you all get to spend some quality time with the ones you love. Our Christmas Eve was spent building a snow man, eating a hardy turkey dinner and playing Bananagrams.

I got one gift that I've been hoping for this year- a Christmas harvest! Today was the first time in almost two weeks that I was able to look inside my hoop houses. Many of my veggies had made through our recent spell of frigid temperatures unblemished while others did not (I'll get more into that in another post). I was, however, able to walk away from the garden today with a nice harvest.

christmas harvest
I picked some fine-looking kale and chard (and lettuce underneath)- the first of the season. These will be perfect in a turkey noodle soup.

christmas carrot harvest
The soil underneath my quick hoops was frozen solid, which unfortunately meant that I was unable to pull any of my remaining Nantes carrots. However, the soil underneath my hoop houses had thawed enough for me to harvest a big bunch of Napoli carrots. Both varieties seem to handle the freezing temperatures well and taste deliciously sweet. Hopefully we will get a mid-winter thaw that will allow me to pull all of my remaing carrots.

Of course I will have all of these veggies cleaned up and trimmed for Harvest Monday! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


  1. Merry Christmas. Those are some really nice harvests for this time of the year. Happy eating!

  2. Merry Christmas, Thomas! I am jealous of your harvest, but will console myself with homemade cinnamon rolls and hot coffee!

  3. Christmas carrots! How lovely! Wishing you and yours a very happy holiday. Thank you for the gift of your blog. It is enlightening and gives us gardeners hope!

  4. Happy Holidays to you and yours!
    A lovely harvest for christmas day!!

  5. Beautiful Christmas Gifts From Your Garden, Thomas.....

    Wishing you and Marc and Jonathan a very Merry Christmas....


  6. Merry Christmas Thomas. I've added you the blog roll.

  7. Thomas, that's practically a Christmas miracle, being able to harvest wonderful healthy vegetables when it's been so cold and snowy! Very best wishes for a happy holiday to you, Marc, and Jonathan. I hope your home is filled with the happy squeals of a little boy opening presents.

  8. Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    So envious of your beautiful winter harvest. It gives me hope, but I'm afraid to look into my low tunnels.

  9. Marry Christmas, Thomas!
    This is a great harvest, and its wonderful news that your veggies survived low temperatures. They look lovely.
    I can just imagine how good carrots taste... cold and sweet.

  10. Merry Christmas Thomas! Those are wonderful presents from the garden.

  11. Merry Christmas to you and yours Thomas! What gorgeous kale....sounds like you are having a wonderful holiday, can't wait to hear how the soup went.

  12. That is a superior Christmas Day harvet Thomas! Well done!

    Merry Christmas to you, Marc, and Jonathan.

  13. The veggies against the snow are marvelous. Hope you and your family had a nice holiday.