Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I'm Still Alive! - First Harvest of the Year

Yes, I'll confirm that I'm still alive! At the moment, we're slowly getting settled into our now home/community. I will admit that I've been feeling a bit sad these past few days. It was harder to say goodbye to our half-acre home than I would have expected. I'll be staying there a couple of nights a week (when I'm in Boston for work) until we're able to sell it, but deep down inside, I know it just won't be same as living there. In fact, I'm sure it'll be down right depressing since most of our furniture has now been moved out.

Before we left, I remembered to harvest some tatsoi to take with us. The outer few leaves were a bit hole-y but most of the rosette was fine. Some of it went to a stir-fried noodle dish I made last night. It was a tasty reminder of the old garden. I'm gonna try to harvest the rest of it when I'm in town again.

I also picked some kale, which I'll probably freeze and use within a soup during one of these particularly brutal Vermont winter days.


  1. I imagine it will be a tough transition, even though our house is far too tiny for us and not in a great neighborhood, part of me sure will miss where my kids grew up and so much of our time was spent. Hang in there, it will get better :)

  2. I imagine the transition will be a challenging one (and I can't imagine staying in a half empty home part-time in the interim). The upside is that you'll be in your new home in time to sow some new seeds and begin to build your new, beautiful veggie space! Congrats on your harvest, by the way. Everything looks delicious!

  3. *hugs*
    Glad to hear things are mostly going well, Thomas. ♥

  4. Gorgeous. Having gone through it a year and a half ago I know that moving does suck, but I'm sure you will be happy with your new garden too. If my house had been sold when we bought this one I would have been fine, but having the old house and garden to take care of was a real pain. And I knew the garden wasn't really mine anymore.

  5. That Tatsoi looks plastic. I've never seen that before; I guess it's similar to Pak Choi?

    The kale, however, looks delicious!

  6. Transitions are hard, especially when the house and garden hold good memories for you. Beautiful harvests though and at least you are getting a chance to use up some of the garden produce from the old location while being able to start the new location garden this spring.

  7. Harvest looks awesome! I know it's sad (growing up, I've moved more times that I'd like to remember), but once you start working on the new place and as was said above, start planting seeds and plants and learning how to garden in your new space, you'll love it.

  8. The harvest looks delicious. For your encouragement, Vermont is roughly the same latitude as Italy. It may be colder in Vermont, but you're getting plenty of sunlight for great year round-growing conditions.

  9. Happy New Year, Thomas, to you and your family!

    Although the transition may be hard, the place you're moving to looks lovely. I'm sure you'll be planting where ever you can.

    I'm still trying to figure out winter gardening. I soooo want some fresh lettuce!!