I have no harvest to show this week. Although I do have a bit of spinach that wintered over in the garden, I'll save that for next week's harvest post. I see some carrot tops out there too, but it's too cold to go out and check to see just how big they are. Sometime this week, I'm sure curiosity will get the best of me, and the sun will shine and the wind will stop blowing.
I have, however, been eating last year's harvested foods, as well as stuff from the Arizona garden. I've also given more than a dozen jars of canned goods to the kids.
I've eaten strawberry jam on my toast, pickles and sweet relish on my hamburger, AZ green onions on my pork and noodles, AZ spinach and lettuce in my tossed salads, 2 pints of tomato sauce, frozen red & green peppers and AZ green onions in a casserole, a lot of red sweet peppers in my chicken fajitas, and cooked the last of the AZ spinach for the two of us. It was so good, Mr. Granny asked for seconds, but alas, there was no more.
Daughter Amy went home with jars of dill pickles, strawberry jam, hot pepper jelly, salsa and apple butter, while son Scott took both strawberry and peach jams, salsa, bread-and-butter pickles and pickled beets. I still have so many jars of food that need to be used up before it's time to start canning again! I should have canned more diced tomatoes, and not so much sauce and juice. Definitely, an inventory of canned foods will have to be taken before the 2011 canning season starts.
I discovered by tipping the lemon tree forward just a bit I could put the bottom shelf back in the plant window. It gives me just barely enough room to hang a light and use two flats (with domes) for starting a few seeds. It's too bad I don't have some half-length shelves and a couple more of these 24" shop lights. I'm going to buy a rope light today, to provide some bottom heat for starting seeds. I filled the flats with 1/2 commercial potting mix and 1/2 vermiculite, so they're all ready for planting lettuce seeds in a week or so. Now, if I can only remember where I put the 18" shop light..........