Harvest Monday, October 10, 2011

White sweet potatoes, 3¼ pounds.
These potatoes have a drier texture and are quite sweet. I usually bake or boil them whole, unpeeled. Microwave works too.

Leeks, 1/2 pound.
Did not realize I have 2 different varieties in the garden.

Kale, 1/2 pound. Plants are still looking good. Will make a delicious pot of soup with some cannellini beans and a bit of chopped ham.
Mustard green, 1 pound. These are volunteers, a delicious surprise. Going to do a stir-fry with garlic, ginger and leek.

Fuzzy melon (left), 3/4 pound, last one for the season. Will make soup next week.

Tomato (right), 3/4 pound, last one for the season. Should be ready to eat in a few days.

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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12 Responses to Harvest Monday, October 10, 2011

  1. Ann Drohosky says:


    Your vegetables are beautiful and so are your pictures! Keep up the good work!!
    Regards, Ann Drohosky

  2. Robin says:

    Those white sweet potatoes are very pretty. I have never grown sweet potatoes or heard of white ones.

    I am a little jealous of your beautiful greens. I was late planting mine and will be waiting for some time.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Robin,
      Sweet potatoes are very easy to grow but require lots of room, the vine roams all over the garden. If you have the space it is worthwhile to give it a try. I got a white sweet potato at a health food store few years ago set it in water to root and to grow slips which I plant in the garden. I save the best sweet potato for use as seed the following year.

  3. Wilderness says:

    Norma nice looking greens for this time of year. Is that a second planting? I love cannelloni beans. Planted them for the first time this year. Had problems with the first planting germinating so they were real late coming on but did get enough for seed next year and a couple of pints to can.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Wilderness,
      Thanks. Those are volunteers. My own second planting did not survive, funny isn’t it????? I never planted cannelloni beans, must look into it for next year. I did plant mung beans one year and harvest the young tender beans to use as green beans, they were delicious but because the pods are so small it was a pain to harvest.

  4. Dave says:

    I’ve never grown the white sweet potatoes. But I know they are popular. Isn’t it nice when you can eat your surprise volunteers!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Dave,
      Yes, white sweet potatoes are becoming popular. I am also growing purple sweet potatoes, not sure if I will get a harvest. The slips arrived very late in the growing season. Yes, love my volunteers. Saw some giant red mustard volunteers. Must either thin or transplant, may be too late for transplant.

  5. kitsapFG says:

    Beautiful sweet potato! Not an easy grower in our climate but I sure love to eat them.

  6. Joyce says:

    Hi Norma:

    Thanks for introducing to me to grow the white sweet potatoes. From the five slips you gave I harvest about 8 lbs. Not bad for the first time.


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