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The Final Harvest of 2013.
The Video.

My friend Neil Young and I have made a little video for you of my final garden harvest. A relaxing way for you to ease into your Monday.

Wanna see last year’s Sweet Potato Harvest and how to cure sweet potatoes? See the post here.

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88 Responses to The Final Harvest of 2013.
The Video.

  1. Chris says:

    Thank you for that lovely video. It was my feel good moment before I hit the sack. I am sure I am going to dream of you serving a delicious vegetarian meal.

  2. Marti says:

    So… I watched your video on full screen. As I am wont to do. Because it’s always fun to watch your videos without being distracted by the ad for WayLay Design (the FULL SERVICE WEB COMPANY) and everybody else that advertises here.

    You know when you have the second shot of the sweet potato coming out of the ground? The way you cut that shot in, without showing the shovel going in, but with this reddish-fleshed protuberance coming out of the ground? It looks like zombies, coming up from under your front lawn.

    It kinda scared me, Karen. Not sure how I’ll sleep now.

    • magali says:

      well that’s not good, you’re the one who’s suppose to tell us how to get a good night’s sleep!

      Karen, that really was a relaxing way to be eased into Monday. I like it.

  3. Jebberjay says:

    Sweet potatoes … from the earth … Wow. (Not joking). That was cool. :D

  4. Nancy Eileen says:

    WONderful!
    I’m a Neil Young fanatic and a Art of Doing Stuff fanatic and this was a perfect match.
    Very inspiring!
    Thanks so much!

  5. Laura Bee says:

    Awww. . .Nice for bedtime too. You really have great taste in music. I’ve been listening to a lot of Neil, Bob & Lou all week. Just that time of year. And today we lost Lou.

    • Karen says:

      I know. :( I texted my sister immediately when I found out. (the one who only watches movies with dead people, not the one who owns a pink, suede toolbelt). ~ karen!

  6. Agnes says:

    You are too cute.

  7. You make gardening look kinda fun. And pretty!

  8. Cathy says:

    That was delightful. I love how you love life.

  9. barbeeT says:

    That made me smile!

  10. Kat says:

    How cool was that!!!

  11. mumzy says:

    you and Mr Young make beautiful music together………… congratulations on your harvest!!!

  12. Jane says:

    Turned my tiny townhouse yard from grass into a tiny circular courtyard with gardens and for the first time in my life I had a vegetable garden. The fun and pride it has given me are hard to describe! Thanks for the motivation through your blog Karen! Can’t wait for next year and I hope to enjoy my herbs all winter!

  13. Heather says:

    Thank you for that one Karen. That made me happy. And it is inspiring. Great job–again.

  14. Sue Ann says:

    Awesome video!! Thanks for letting us be a part of the harvest. One question, though. What time is dinner? :)

  15. Tigersmom says:

    So sad about our Rock and Roll Animal passing.

    How nice to see you bringing in the last fruits of your labor. You’re looking good. Nice to see that smile.

  16. Rosemary Walsh says:

    What fun! I start my day with you.

    Tell us more about your lemon grass please. How do you start it? And is it perennial for you? Never saw such a big stand of them. Wow!

    Those Aunt Ruby’s Green Tomatoes look amazing. Here in the land of fried green tomatoes I’d have to keep those separate. How do they look inside?

    Another fab summer for your garden. Those fingerling sweet potatoes look like they’ll be yummy. And I definitely want those little green things the name of which I’ve forgotten.

    Rosie, in Sugar Hill, GA

    • Karen says:

      Rosemary – This is the first year I’ve done lemongrass and it’s massive. Like, HUGE. So I have no idea if it will survive the winter. It appears as though it will survive Armageddon. The Aunt Ruby’s German Green tomatoes are perfectly green inside. ~ karen!

    • Denise Leavens says:

      Rosemary Walsh, were you referring to those teen tiny MOUSE MELONS? Of everything Karen has grown they are the one thing I want to grow for myself!

  17. Su says:

    lovely – thanks for sharing the video and Neal….

  18. allison says:

    So sweet.

  19. marilyn says:

    that was SWEET! loved it

  20. Linda says:

    I’m so glad you got some of the Aunt Ruby’s before they rotted! Do you like them? (Lovely video.)

    • Karen says:

      I do, LOL! I love them. Once I figured out what they were I was fine. :) Just the first few rotted. I saved the seeds from one so if I plant one next year I’ll know what it is I’m dealing with! ~ karen

      • Mondo says:

        have you ever done a post on saving/curating seeds from one of your veggies? I would love to read all about that. love those sweet potatoes, but it sounds like curing them is a bit much!

        • Karen says:

          I have indeed, Mondo. Most seed saving is pretty straight forward unless it’s a biennial. Last year I did a post on tomato seed saving which has a few tricks to it to make your seed saving more successful … http://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/how-to-save-tomato-seeds/ Curing is a tiny bit of a pain but doing it isn’t imperative. What it does is helps your sweet potatoes last longer (by providing them with humidity as they dry) and taste sweeter. If you don’t cure them, or under less than perfect conditions they’ll still be perfectly edible sweet potatoes. ~ karen!

  21. SuzyM says:

    Loved it too, and will try to look more put together like you do when I garden. Maybe people won’t call me the crazy gardener if I do that. Maybe even add an ascot!

    BTW, is that lemongrass? I have some and wasn’t sure how to harvest it.

    • Karen says:

      SuzyM – Yes. Just cut it down as far as you can by the base. Only harvest stalks that are thick at the base. At least 1/4″. Some people use the leaves but I won’t. Once you have cut the leaves from the stalk, (like I have in the video) you can freeze the lemongrass for several months. Just take out each piece as needed. ~ karen!

      • MJ says:

        I like to take the leaves and make about a 3 inch bundle (fold fold fold then ‘tie’ it together with the end bits) to put in the tea pot. Excellent tea! Also a pretty self-wrapped package to give away.

  22. Emily says:

    Love the video. What do you do with Lemon Grass? And what were those little things at the end?

    • Karen says:

      Lemongrass for any sort of Thai cooking mainly. Stir fries, soups etc. The little things at the end are called Mouse Melons. If you do a search in my search bar I have a couple of other posts where I feature and talk about them. :) ~ karen!

  23. Nicole says:

    Is it weird to say I loved your editing? Oh well, it’s out there now. ;)

  24. Ev says:

    Neil Young and a harvest. It was relaxing. I must get that CD out and in my Jeep again! Your garden is lovely even during harvesting. Thanks, Karen

  25. Sara S says:

    Thanks, Karen, for the lovely way you started my morning. Glad to know about how to harvest the lemon grass.

  26. Julie says:

    Fantastic Karen – keep up the great work – what a great start to my Monday morning :)

  27. Barbara R says:

    Really lovely start to a Monday morning…especially a cold, windy, wet day here in Eastern Ontario! thanks for making and sharing that cute video!

  28. You know, watching someone else garden is actually therapeutic! Just as relaxing as when I garden, but I don’t have to clean up afterward. Although, I wouldn’t mind eating some of that harvest. Yum!

  29. Debbie from Illinois says:

    Karen I loved everything about this little video. Hope you have a great day!

  30. cred says:

    loved this!

  31. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Beautiful…Congrats on another successful year in the garden!

  32. Jamieson says:

    That was very relaxing to watch given that it must have been taxing to do!

  33. Wendy says:

    My favourite part of the whole thing is that you’re wearing totally cool red pants (I would say that, I am wearing red jeans at this moment) and a silver bobble necklace. I have been known to dig in my garden in a weird cotton dress . . . but never a necklace!

    Wendy

  34. Ashley W says:

    lovely video! I squealed ‘mouse melons!’ when they came on screen. You are such a wonderful inspiration, I’m definitely still in love with you… and your garden, ok mostly your garden!! ;)

  35. Patti says:

    Sweet video! And Neil’s your fellow Canadian!

  36. Marie says:

    What a wonderful harvest. And pearls really do go with everything!

  37. Sera says:

    Nice! I suppose I should go out and do the full harvest and see what I get. I don’t think there’s much left but dwarf carrots and mutant beets.

  38. Jake says:

    Great way to start the day (even if it’s 12.09pm). Are those boots BOGS, if so I must get me some of those.

  39. Feral Turtle says:

    Your video is so green considering I have snow drifts in my yard this morning :(

  40. Melinda says:

    Thank you for the reminder of what delights can come from small spaces:) I will try to be a braver gardener next year.

  41. Barbie says:

    First of all….I totally love the silver pearl necklace your wearing whilst harvesting! As well as the red pants and snappy sweater, cool bogs and blue coordinating/eye catching shirt underneath the sweater! I assure you I do NOT look that good when harvesting my garden…much as I wish I did!

    Secondly…I am interested in your Aunt Ruby tomatoes….if they are ripe when green…how do you know when they are green “enough”…also do they differ in flavor from a red tomato? I might like to try these next year.

    Thirdly….What do you use your lemon grass for? Curious minds wanna know!

    PS: I love your sweet potatoes! I forgot to try those this year…next year or sure!

    PSS: I watched this video 3x’s as I loved it so much…especially Neil…(good friend of mine as well)! :)

  42. Hope says:

    You inspired a three raised bed garden at our new (to us ) inner city house. And a huge pot that was my herb garden….lots of little packages in the freezer from that! I am eying a sunny spot in the front yard and am in negotiations with my husband about using that next spring. It’s not looking good at the moment!
    We actually have 8 ” of topsoil – so unlike the suburban yards we’ve had before! Also loved the editing…a little slo-mo going around the corner just elevated the whole experience.

  43. cc says:

    I love the red pants… and why cant this be my harvest I try and never get such results… good for you karen… I love it, and perfect song choice..

  44. Jeannie B says:

    I loved the video Karen. You make everything look so easy. Are you friends with Ricky, julian and Bubbles too?

  45. Jasmine says:

    That was a lovely video with some very gentle music to go with. The best part was your smile at the end. :)

  46. On our date night this weekend, I was telling my husband all about your blog and your gardening. He said something like” isn’t it only warm like 2 months up there…how can she really grow all that?” I am going to send him this lovely video to watch. And do you always look so cute when you garden? OR did you dress extra cute for us? Either way, I appreciated your style.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kim. I’m always very cute. I can’t help it. In fact most days have have to dress down my cuteness so as not to alarm my neighbours with my cuteliness. Ahem. So, anyhow … where I am in Canada is Zone 6. Your husband is woefully misinformed about Canadian weather, LOL. Boys. ~ karen!

  47. Rondina says:

    Beautiful harvest. Beautiful music. Best of all, you looked beautifully happy, which makes me smile.

  48. Mary Jane Morrison says:

    Pearls whilst gardening? You really classed it up Karen and the addition of Neil Young’s Harvest Moon put it right over the top. That song reminds me of a long slow dance wrapped in a lover’s arms on a beautiful moonlit evening. Sigh…
    I tried lemon grass this year in a large pot on my south facing deck. It was so successful and lush that I’ve decided to fill all of my deck pots with it next summer. We are zone 3 in Central Alberta and I wasn’t sure how it would do but it’s supposed to be an excellent mosquito repellant, that was the reason I planted it. Having the beautiful lemon grass in the freezer is a bonus.

  49. Grammy says:

    The Neil Young did me in. What a beautiful accompaniment to your superb video. Here’s the thing — I didn’t even notice that you were wearing jewelry the first time I watched, I was so enamored of the adorable pants and sweater and thinking why don’t I dress up cute when I’m harvesting from my garden? Because I always have on the rattiest things when I’m digging and hauling and slogging around. But then, I don’t make videos of my activity like you do, so it doesn’t matter really. Except now I’ll always know that when I’m wearing that old worn-out T-shirt AGAIN you are prancing around looking adorable while we both see what the harvest brings.

    I confess I never knew about sweet potato curing, and I’m glad that now I do because I had already determined that I wanted to grow some next year. Now I’ll be ready and do it right.

    Plus, count me among the others for whom your bright smile at the end was the perfect thing! What an extra treat that was.

  50. Carolyn says:

    Nice video… I enjoyed this alot.. I love fall. I hate to see you pulling up crop. Sweet potatoes look great..
    Thanks Karen

  51. Therese says:

    Lovely! Thanks Karen.

  52. kathy says:

    whew! i am relieved to see your last post, Karen, as I was truly concerned about the wardrobe issue. I tend to garden in the same clothes that I paint in, wander the attic in, and search the basement in….in other words, things that i won’t be caught dead in whilst doing my errands in town!

    I kept worrying about the knees of your lovely red pants!! were I to wear anything nice in the yard, the knees would be permanently soiled, the cuffs marked with green pollen for life and……

    One time I was gardening in my community plot – a marathon tomato planting – and decided at the end to stop at the racquet club and get a big Nicoise salad to go….the person behind the counter kept gesturing to her cheek, and I thought it was an odd way to point out the glow I had going in my cheeks….until I got home to leap in the shower and saw dirt spread from my chin to hairline!!! I must have totally freaked out the tennis mavens who were getting their skinny lattes or juice cleanses!!!

  53. rktrixy says:

    Oh, YUM! In addition to the wonderful harvest, it looks like your compost heap will be happy!

    Is it really the final harvest? I saw those delicious chard leaves in the background. Slurp!

  54. Gail says:

    Ahhh. So satisfying….. I just planted lettuce in my cold frame. How do you like yours? And what did you grow in there?? Your kale is huge! Mine is getting there– Ohio winters on the lake….. love the garden!

  55. Isabel says:

    So glad to see you looking happy and relaxed! Congratulations on the harvest, too.

  56. Kim R. says:

    I love the grin at the end with all your treasures!!

  57. TC says:

    Just lovely.

  58. Cynna says:

    What a lovely and sweet video. I hope someone special to you sees and hears it.
    I grow lemongrass every year and, no, it won’t survive the winter. Along with Thai dishes, it’s wonderful in chicken soup–just yesterday I made a pot.

  59. Denise Leavens says:

    I can just imagine all the planning that went into the choreography involved in getting this harvest on video for us! The different camera angles, what to dig and when, the wardrobe, the superb editing, perfect music and even the weather was good for the shooting of the action. Thank you very, very much. Well done, indeed!

  60. Bols says:

    Awww….. It was amazing, Neil took it to the next level!
    I have to say that I don’t know anybody so fashion forward whilst digging up the last crop. You are as hot as Neil’s voice.
    You floored me with the lemongrass. I will have to start growing it myself because I cannot live without it and I buy the lemoncrass puree in the plastic tube (from some Aussie company) and I can’t get the stuff out!
    Thanks, this was lovely …. especially just before going to bed. Methinks I will play again.

  61. Louise says:

    Really, what a beautiful video. And such a lovely smile in the end! You are a treasure!

  62. Olga says:

    Karen, do you buy new seeds every year or you just “make” your own seeds from your garden now?

    • Karen says:

      I do both Olga. I try new things every year and save seeds from stuff I liked. But I buy seeds that are biennials like beets etc. ~ karen!

  63. christine says:

    I’ve been thinking about that Lemongrass ever since I watched the video yesterday morning. Then I was buying matcha powder at this great tea seller in town and they gave me a sample of a lovely citrus-y tea that contained, you guessed it, Lemongrass. So I am wondering: how does it do in our cold climate (I’m in Newmarket) and also, what shade/sun requirements does it have? I love the fact it can be used like any ornamental grass and then also harvested to eat/drink. :)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Christine – This is my first year growing lemongrass, but I suspect it’ll die come the frost and colder weather. I have it in a spot where it gets quite a lot of sun. SO many people have told me about the whole tea thing I’m going to have to try it. :) I don’t even drink tea, LOL. I guess since it’s just lemongrass in hot water it won’t really be tea but more like Neocitran. :) ~ karen!

  64. christine says:

    Well there was more to it than lemongrass; for one thing it was red. It was a melange of citrusy roots and leaves. Thanks for the growing info. It’s also great in thai food.

  65. Geez, I never look that nice when I’m gardening! It’s always beat up old jeans and a t-shirt. Looking great, Karen :)

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