Harvesting my overwintered vegetables
A large salad is the perfect reward for getting my overwintered vegetables through the cold season. Everything has gone according to plan and I'm so happy about the results!
There is just no better feeling than getting an entire crate of fresh vegetables in the middle of March. We are basically self-sufficient in leafy greens from now on. There are plenty of tender little plants in my polytunnel now, enough for all of our meals.
This is how I harvest my overwintered lettuce in early spring:
People often say that the hotbed is the best spot in the garden for early vegetables. But I actually get mine from my overwintered plants. These pictures are a great reminder of what's possible when I start preparing the winter gardening in fall.
Spring is the right time for leafy greens. We have been looking forward to them for so long! Finally, we can eat homegrown vegetables for every single meal. I'm especially excited about eating sandwiches with a mountain of leafy greens on top. It's so good! Forget about the cucumber slices and use a handful of newly harvested fresh leaves instead.
I harvest a nice big bowl of leaves every time, I rinse and then I store the leaves in a large airy plastic bag in my fridge.