Vegetable Harvest With Some Little Helpers….

my winter vegetables

In my last post, I showed you how my vegetable garden had gone crazy growing a multitude of different vegetables.  I had the remainder of my winter vegetables ready to harvest as well as pull out.

So over the weekend, I put my kids to work helping me in the garden.

First off, I had to pull out our spinach and lettuce plants that we had enjoyed eating since last October.  You know, it is so hard to have to buy lettuce in the supermarket when I have gotten used to getting it from my own backyard 🙂

Old spinach growing in front of my garlic plants

Old spinach growing in front of my garlic plants.

I love how easy it is to pull them out.

my winter vegetables ready to harvest

My winter vegetables

We collected all of the lettuce and spinach that we pulled and gave it to my mother for her compost pile.  It is really embarrassing that I do not compost, but I have plans to start.

my winter vegetables ready to harvest

Now for the fun part….my son Kai got in the garden and started to pull out our garlic.

It is harder than it looks, but he got it out.

my winter vegetables ready to harvest

Then it was my daughter, Ruthie’s turn.  I think this was our largest garlic.  

We were almost done, but my daughter Rachele pulled out the last few.

my winter vegetables ready to harvest

Now it was time to start pulling out the green onions.

my winter vegetables ready to harvest

You know what?  This is the absolutely the best part of having a vegetable garden – harvesting your vegetables and figuring out how you are going to prepare them.


I checked my cherry tomato plant and found some delicious tomatoes for our salad.

As we were harvesting our vegetables, my mother stopped by with some extra bush bean plants that she had left over after planting her vegetable garden, so now I had something to put in my newly bare areas.

my winter vegetables

It was a wonderful Saturday and I got to spend the afternoon with all of my kids, including my four daughters.

my winter vegetables

My youngest daughter, Gracie, tried to smile but couldn’t because she had 6 teeth pulled the day before and her mouth was a bit swollen.  By the way, she did great and is a real trooper.  Thank you for your thoughtful comments 🙂

Okay, so back to my vegetables.  I will let the garlic cure for 4 – 6 weeks in a cool, dark place before using.  Thankfully, my green onions are ready to use right now.  I think my homemade salsa sounds good right about now, don’t you? 

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
7 replies
  1. Rohrerbot
    Rohrerbot says:

    I agree about composting. It's embarrassing for me as well….but it's an eyesore in limited space. It has to be out of sight. A lot of my friends have a compost area but out of sight. But I am thinking about it:) It would be nice to have a spot for it.

  2. Jenn
    Jenn says:

    I think that you are doing great by saving compost for your mom.

    I always get weird looks when I am cooking somewhere other than home (we share a thanksgiving with a couple who are also far from 'home' and I made guac for party last Saturday) when I stuff all my trimmings into a baggie to take home with me.

    But it works! Not wasted!

  3. Abby
    Abby says:

    How fun! I am envious. I never knew about this "winter gardening" we can do here in Tucson. Next winter, I am so attacking this!!

    Those tomatoes look gorgeous.

    My yellow squash and heirlooms are starting to grow like crazy. I hope they tough out through the heat!

  4. Mac_fromAustralia
    Mac_fromAustralia says:

    Just stopped by for a really quick look, I must come back and finish looking at the posts about your trip, but I just wanted to say I hope Gracie is feeling better.

  5. Heidy
    Heidy says:

    Your tomatoes are perfect little gems. Mine have been eaten as fast as they grow in by some unknown critter that seems to attack at night. Oh well, I'm sure they were enjoyed!

  6. Candy "Sweetstuff"
    Candy "Sweetstuff" says:

    Wow my tomatoes are just starting to get flowers. If it doesn't stop raining we won't get fruit. Homegrown little green onions are so great. Homemade salsa does sound good.

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