Harvest Monday, November 3, 2014 – Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden

Locust Grove veggie display (IMG_0578)

The harvest display at Locust Grove Sunset Sensations on October 9, 2014

(I apologize for the poor quality of the above photo. The room was dark and the sun was streaming through the glass doors and windows.)

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It was one of those week.

The week went by but nothing much was accomplished. Sure glad I got my garlic planted the week before and did not wait until 10/29 (the date I planted in 2013).

Since there was nothing exciting from my garden, thought I would showcase some of the 2014 crops grown at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden where I am a volunteer.

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Locust Grove's tomatoes (IMG_0527)

Locust Grove's tomatoes (IMG_0532)

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carrot (IMG_0510)

Yellow Carrot – Jaune Obtuse du Doubs (from 1894), Orange Carrot – St. Valery (<1885)

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Cross sections of orange & yellow carrots

Both the yellow and orange carrots are heirlooms and even though quite large are not woody. The yellow stays yellow after cooking.
Taste: sweet and crisp. Good carrot flavor.

Will be growing both in my home garden next year.

Today we are having our Locust Grove year end gardeners’ potluck lunch.  I am making a Sweet Potato Noodles dish featuring the above carrots.

To learn about sweet potato noodles and a recipe click here.

The above are just 2 of the carrot varieties growing in the LGHVG garden.

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Three Sisters – Corn, Pole Beans & Pumpkin/Squash

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Three Sisters – Corn, Pole Beans (Scarlet Runner) & Pumpkin (Cheese)

cheese pumpkin (IMG_0638)corn (IMG_0530)Top: Corn (Stowell’s Evergreen)
Left: Pumpkin (Tan Cheese)
No photo of the harvested Scarlet Runner Beans, sorry.

The Three Sisters companion planting is an ancient and practical space-saving method that was used by native Americans and are used by many gardeners today. The cornstalks, which acts as trellises, offer support for the beans to climb. The beans fixes nitrogen in the soil to nourish the corn. The pumpkins, growing along the ground and acting as mulch, prevent weeds from growing and help to conserve moisture.

To learn about 3 sisters companion plantings click on the links below.



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White Onions (IMG_0533)

Onions (Southport White Globe)

The above is one of the many varieties of onions grown in the LGHVG garden.

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Dried Beans

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Dried Beans

The True Red Cranberry is a pretty beans and the texture of the cooked beans is creamy, I like it a lot. Wish I had room to grow some in my own garden. Have not tried the Blue Coco or the Mayflower.

NOTE: Home-grown dried beans cook faster than store-bought dried beans. The same is true for home-grown vegetables.

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turnips (IMG_0512)

Turnips (Purple Top White Globe & Orange Jelly)

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Lavender (IMG_0570)


feverfew (IMG_0569)


sage (IMG_0571)


There are also thyme, parsley, basil, rosemary …

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The nasturtiums are truly gorgeous this year.

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The above are a small sampling of the crops grown in LGHVG. Click here to view some of the other crops.

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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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44 Responses to Harvest Monday, November 3, 2014 – Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden

  1. I don’t enjoy those weeks when I am so busy doing a lot of nothing.
    Have a wonderful week ahead Norma.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  2. daphnegould says:

    Those carrots are huge. I always wonder why we move away from certain varieties. For carrots I always guessed the newer ones are sweeter or faster to produce. Of course sweet is only a bonus when eating the fresh really. I like the cooked ones that aren’t as sweet just as much.

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    That dish sure looks interesting Norma, do the sweet potato noodles have a strange smell like the Shirataki do? I think I’d prefer the chewy texture than the Shirataki texture. The tomatoes look wonderful too, our neighbours just gave us a few of their heirloom tomatoes but they weren’t 100% ripe so I oven dried them. They really concentrate down to some incredible flavours.
    I got my garlic in a couple of weeks ago, it’s in a large styrofoam chest, hopefully they’ll do well. I’m pretty sure I’ve already spent more on trying to grow garlic than I actually buy in a few years! Sigh.
    Hope you have a great week.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Eva,
      No, sweet potato noodles do not have a strange smell like Shirataki, many people mistaken sweet potato noodles for cellophane (bean thread) noodles. You find them in the dried noodles section in Asian market. Comes in various thickness.
      I do hope your garlic do well for you this time around. Was thinking, perhaps you could bring the Styrofoam chest into the garage during the coldest part of winter, like say January/February and take them outdoor beginning of March. A great week to you too.

  4. What a glorious variety!

  5. That is a great collection of crops grown at the Locust Grove garden. And such a nice variety of tomatoes.

  6. Margaret says:

    Wonderful crops from the heritage garden. I really like the idea of photographing the tomatoes on the plates when doing comparisons. You not only identify the variety on the plate but it also provides a good indication of size. I did a comparison of the varieties I grew this year but have yet to do a post on it….I better get to it before I’m planting next seasons tomatoes!

    BTW – How did you find the three sisters garden grew? I’ve seen lots of people try it but only be successful on 2 of the 3 crops – usually corn and either beans or squash but not both.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Margaret,
      Photographing the tomatoes on the plates was LGHVG horticulturist’s idea, I just snapped the photos.
      The corn and the cheese pumpkin do very well in the 3 sisters planting, I did not pay attention to the beans but there were tons of flowers so I guess they too did well.

  7. cheri says:

    Hi Norma, first time I’ve heard about the 3 sisters companion planting, what an interesting method. The sweet potato noodle dish sounds delicious!

  8. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful collection of harvests! I’m going to have to try that sweet potato and noodle recipe – – it looks delicious!

  9. I think that first photo is pretty cool! I never knew about the three sisters! So interesting. Thanks, Norma!

  10. Kristy says:

    Have a great time at your potluck. I’m sure your dish will be delicious!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Kristy,
      Had a great time at the potluck, so many delicious dishes, brought my dessert home as I had no room for another bite. My dish went over well, no leftover.

  11. shenANNAgans says:

    Norma, what a tasty and beautiful blog post. Love the tomatoes, I just put all my tom plants in last weekend, cant wait! I have never seen a yellow carrot before either, just gorgeous! 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Anna,
      Thanks. The heirloom tomatoes are so full of flavor. What are some of the tomato varieties you are growing? It will be another 8-9 months before I have homegrown tomatoes again.

  12. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    I am in love with those heirloom tomatoes and those nasturtium are so beautiful!

  13. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m sorry to hear you haven’t had the best of weeks. I’m constantly amazed at how many varieties of tomatoes there are. The carrots look really good. You certainly volunteer for a great cause xx

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charlie,
      This is going to be a better week, I am sure. According to Wikipedia there are several thousand tomato varieties, guess we are just scratching the surface.

  14. Onions, carrots, herbs oh my. I love your harvest. I just wish I could have those carrots for my dinner today. I do hope you feel better in the coming weeks Ms. Norma. You’ve definitely put a smile on my face with this post so thank you 🙂

  15. ChgoJohn says:

    I started planting heirloom tomatoes a number of years ago and now won’t plant or buy anything less. They actually taste like tomatoes should, unlike the stuff sold in our supermarkets. Interesting to learn of the 3 sisters planting method. What a smart way to plant! I hope you’re having a better week, Norma. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      Thanks, so far I am having a much better week. Great that we are now able to buy heirloom tomatoes in the food markets, well worth the extra dollars. Well, I have seen them in the food market but never actually purchased one, should do so to see if there are as good as homegrown.

  16. Your nasturtiums are stunning, I would love to have some around our house – what’s the best climate conditions for them? 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Uru,
      I find nasturtium easy to grow and are not fussy, not sure what climate conditions are best for them, ask the garden centers near you they should be able to answer all your questions.

  17. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a snowball tomato. So jelly that you’re still reaping fresh tomatoes. What I wouldn’t do to have a fat tomato sandwich…yum!

  18. Juliana says:

    I love the pictures of all the tomatoes…and the carrots are sure big…and I am loving the yellow one!
    Thanks for sharing these fabulous pictures Norma…enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Juliana,
      The horticulturist at Locust Grove will be happy to read your comment. The yellow carrot maintains the yellow color after cooking which is really cool. Have a delightful weekend.

  19. wow, those are plenty selection of tomatoes!!!!
    great job Norma….

  20. Amira says:

    What a wonderful collection Norma, you’ve done great at planting them. Look at all these varieties of tomatoes and the carrots look so fresh and colorful.

  21. Wow! Look at this harvest.,so plentiful you could start up your own farmers market on the street corner! Today I plan to make hot pot and would love some of those sweet corn/onions to make my broth? Do you have any diakon? That would go good in there as well. Wishing you a super week. Take Care, BAM

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