Monday Harvest Report – Winter Lettuce Harvest

Hi guys!  Welcome to December!  I hope all my U.S. readers had a great Thanksgiving weekend and you’re all fired up and ready to enjoy the holiday season!  It has been a couple weeks since I did a Monday harvest report so I thought I’d take a minute to let you know what we have been harvesting from the garden for the last two weeks.  First off our weather has been unseasonably warm which is good for our lettuce bed!  Lettuce in the winter likes nights that don’t get much lower that 25 and we have had plenty of those along with lots of days in the low 50’s.  That’s great for my winter garden but not so good for our snow pack in the mountains.

Winter Lettuce Harvest

So we have had a big winter lettuce harvest every weekend!  I’ve been picking a big basket like this every Saturday and it usually lasts us most of the week.  This basket has the last of the Nevada lettuce and a mix of a few others.

Winter Lettuce Harvest 2

This is the basket from this weekend.  This one gives you a look at all 4 of the varieties we are growing this year.  On the left is Oak leaf, Center top is Paris Island Cos, Center Bottom is Larry’s red, and on the right a small head of butter crunch.  Each harvest is coming in at around 3/4 of a pound and the leaves are still tender and tasty.  At some point the cold weather will turn the leaves bitter, just like the warm weather does in the summer, but for now we are having some great salads!

Home Grown Sunflower Seeds

Here’s a harvest that I have totally forgotten to include in my totals.  Of course we didn’t harvest these this week, we actually cut the sunflower heads way back in September.  We put these seeds on a top shelf to dry and forgot about them.  So some time this week we will try to get around to actually roasting these seeds putting them away for the kids to snack on!

Here’s our 2 Week total:
Lettuce – 1.50 lbs
Spinach – .50 lbs
Sunflower seeds – 2 lbs
Total – 4 lbs

That brings the home garden total to 708 pounds for the year!  We still might make 720 by year end.  Maybe!!??

I normally don’t make it a habit to promote upcoming posts.  It seems like every time I do life gets in the way and we don’t get the promised post written.  But this week we are ahead of the game and both Valerie and I have a post written!!  So drop back by on Wednesday and Valerie is going to be talking a little more about our real food journey.  This time she will be sharing info about our switch to healthy oils.  On Friday I will be talking about the 7 easiest vegetables that I think every gardener (especially new gardeners) should be growing!  So please stop back by later in the week!!  C-ya then!!

We will be joining several blog hops this week including the Good Morning Mondays at the Darling Downs Diaries, Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at New Life on a Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!


  1. Daphne December 2, 2014 6:01 am Reply

    Lovely harvests. I dream of lettuce salads. I’ll probably break down and buy some this winter. But as it gets colder I might be more into soup.

  2. Alyssa December 2, 2014 2:16 pm Reply

    How many sunflower heads did it take to get 2 lbs of seeds and what kind of sunflowers were they? If you have more than one type of sunflower, do they cross breed or can you replant the seeds and get the same kind?

    • Mr. Stoney December 2, 2014 9:02 pm Reply

      Alyssa, Great questions. The 2 pounds came from 4 heads – 3 plants (one plant grew 2 heads). The variety was Mammoth this is the second year we have grown them. They grow HUGE heads, each of them was better than 2 feet across and they are also very tall plants, they can get more than 10 feet tall before the heads form and bend the top over. Because sun flowers are bee pollinated I would say it would be a bad idea to plant two different types (if you are planning on saving seeds) I’m sure they would cross pollinate and you would have something funky in the next generation. BUT having said that I do need to point our that I’m not a sun flower expert so you may want to do a little more checking, but I think it’s pretty much assured they will cross pollinate.

  3. Margaret December 3, 2014 10:07 am Reply

    That lettuce looks lovely! Like Daphne, I’m dreaming of garden fresh lettuce salads…but unfortunately I’ve already succumbed and am purchasing lettuce from the grocery store.

  4. Terri Presser December 4, 2014 3:19 am Reply

    What a great post and a great harvest, thanks for sharing this at Good Morning Mondays. It is making me look forward to our own harvest next year. Blessings

  5. pam (Sidewalk Shoes) December 6, 2014 1:00 pm Reply

    Thanks for linking up! I am jealous of all your lettuce!

  6. lisa M December 11, 2014 7:22 am Reply

    That’s a lot of lettuce! I’m so jealous, it’s too cold here to grow anything right now.

    Thanks for linking up with Green Thumb Thursday last week. I’ll hope you’ll join us again for this weeks hop!


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