Harvest Monday, May 26, 2014 – Window Box Lettuce Salad + Taking a Break

The weather in the Hudson Valley for today, Memorial Day, promises to be dry and warm.
A beautiful day to honor all those who died while serving in the armed forces.

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Winter damage renovation is finally going to start this week.

Barring any unexpected surprises (I am having nightmares) when the kitchen ceiling and walls are opened up, the job should be completed in 3 weeks. Followed by putting my kitchen and house back to normal. Oh I forgot to mention the dreaded cleaning and dusting.

During the reno I will most likely be spending my time away from the computer so will not be posting for a while.

Had a very small harvest – Swiss chards and lettuces from the window boxes and Italian red rib dandelions from the garden.

Did harvested a bunch of garlic green to take to a friend but forgot to take photo.

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window box Swiss charrd (06420)

Swiss Chard from Window Box
Not a huge amount so I combined all the above with garlic greens from the garden.

Made a simple stir-fry with a bit of oil, S&P, delicious!

Because the chards transplanted to the garden are still quite small and not yet ready for harvest I decided to cut just the outer leaves of each plant in the window box (instead of pulling up the whole plant as I had originally intended) to assure future harvests.

Fertilized with fish emulsion fertilizer after harvesting and should get another meal may be 2 in a few days. Will pull all the plants then and put the window box to rest until fall.

The outer leaves of chards in the garden should be ready for harvest in a week or so.

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windowbox lettuce (06404)

Window Box Lettuce Before Harvest

window box lettuce (06418)

Window Box Lettuce After Harvesting Outer Leaves

Harvested the outer leaves of my window box lettuces, there was enough to make 2 good size salads.

Fertilized after harvesting and will continue to harvest the outer leaves as needed. As with the chards, once the outer leaves of the garden lettuces are ready for harvest, I will pull all the lettuce plants in the window box and put the box to rest until fall.

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red rib dandelion (06417)

Italian Red Rib Dandelions

Like dandelions on the lawn, Italian red rib dandelions are very winter hardy and come back year after year. By a happy accident, I planted my Italian red rib dandelions (few years ago) in an area of the garden where it can remain permanently. Now all I have to do is harvest as needed.

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lettuce salad (06413)Made a salad of:
Red rib dandelions
Carrots (overwintered in the garden)
Frozen pomegranate seeds (see NOTE)
Sliced avocado
Roasted pumpkin seeds

Dressed simply with balsamic vinegar, EVOO and S&P to taste. (I like to dress my spring salads minimally to maintain the garden fresh tastes.)

NOTE: Bought a pomegranate but used only a small portion. Not wanting the remainder to go to waste decided to de-seed the whole fruit and freeze the seeds. Use as needed straight from the freezer. Happy with the results.

As you can see from the above photo, the thawed seeds maintained their bright red color and their crunch too.

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yellow tree peony (06414)Pink tree peony (06416)






See you in a few weeks.

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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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41 Responses to Harvest Monday, May 26, 2014 – Window Box Lettuce Salad + Taking a Break

  1. Maureen says:

    I’m so pleased to hear that you’ll have a house to live in with a complete kitchen. Enjoy your time off and eat one of those salads for me. I need to get a window box!

  2. Norma, you reminded me of the Swiss chard!!! I just love that plant and the varied colors we get. I’m so anxious to get back to the farm. I think I’ll try to go this week, just for a ride and sitting in the hoop house!!! The salad looks great and what a wonderful idea for the pomegranate.

  3. daphnegould says:

    I hope those renovations go well for you. Your chard looks nice. I’m going to have to do a first little harvest of my chard soon.

  4. Hadn’t realized red-ribbed dandelion is winter-hardy — is it a perennial, or is it self-seeding?

  5. Enjoy your time off, Norma. Love your garden lettuce salad. I am going to harvest some too.

  6. Kim says:

    Good luck with the renovations, do yourself a favor and higher a cleaning company to come
    in and do the post reno clean up, it might save you from a respiratory infection too.
    So glad Spring has finally arrive for you!

    Happy Gardening

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kim,
      Thanks for the suggestion, I will look into getting someone to do the post reno clean up. Yes, we are finally getting warm weather, things in the garden should be growing at a faster clip now.

  7. Melissa says:

    I am always impressed by how well your window boxes do! Your greens are lovely 🙂 Enjoy your time away!

  8. Best of luck with the rest of the renovations Norma. I thought of you all day today – I spent the entire day in the garden.
    Have a beautiful week ahead.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  9. Michelle says:

    Good luck with the renovation work, I hope the only surprises are good ones. Maybe you’ll get to spend extra time in the garden if you are away from the computer. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Michelle,
      Thanks, I hope the surprises, if any, are good ones. Definitely will be spending extra time in the garden, still need to take care of the winter damage to the shrubs, etc.

  10. Karen says:

    Good luck with the renovations, I hope there are no surprises uncovered.

  11. Lady Lilith says:

    Looks so fresh and tasty. I am sure it will taste amazing. Thanks for sharing the wonderful photographs with us.

  12. Stoney Acres says:

    Everything looks great! Good luck with all your repairs!!

  13. Great looking window box greens you got here! Bet they are equally delicious!

  14. Good luck renovating and fixing up! Your garden is so beautiful 😀
    Have a wonderful time off!

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. I feel for You, Norma! There is so much that goes into a kitchen renovation! At least you can make a nice salad easily. Good to know pomegranate seeds freeze well.

  16. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m so pleased your renovations are about to begin but no, it isn’t pleasant living through the procedure! Thanks for letting me know you can freeze pomegranate seeds – I have half a pomegranate on the kitchen bench and would hate for it to go to waste xx

  17. Eva Taylor says:

    Good luck my friend, I’ll keep my fingers (and toes) crossed that nothing surprising happens in your reno and that it all goes smoothly and your back in the kitchen in no time. I absolutely love that salad the avocado must be delicious in it. I froze my pomegranate seeds too a few years ago and now do it regularly when I see it on sale!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      If there are surprises I hope they are good ones. Are you having crazy weather also? Yesterday it was 87F, needed a/c, today’s high is 60F and tonight will be low 40’s, need to turn on the heat. Waiting until June 1 to transplant tomatoes into the garden.

      • Eva Taylor says:

        It’s has been crazy here too Norma, hot and humid one day, chilly and damp the next, but the vegetation seems to be loving it! Good luck, I hope things are moving along well.

  18. Good luck with your renovations, Norma, they can sure be trying at times but I’m sure you will love the final results! Your window box harvest looks fantastic! I’m about to try planting sweetpeas in a box because I don’t have the right spot in the garden for them. Fingers are crossed!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Barbara.
      Thanks, looking forward to the final results.
      I so wanted to plant sweetpeas in my flower garden but that would be inviting more deer to visit, I am sure yours will do great in the box looking forward to seeing the creative arrangements you make with the flowers.

  19. Juliana says:

    I love the idea of the window box and collecting then for your salad…it sure looks delicious Norma. Good luck on your renovation…see you soon 😀

  20. Hi, Norma! I hope this reaches you. I finally have a couple of Okinawan purple sweet potato starts that look good for me to send to you. If you can give me your address, I’d be happy to mail them to you. My email address is novicegardener@comcast.net. XOXO, Angie

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