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.

Final Vegetable Garden Harvest 2013


Final harvest of the 2013 front yard vegetable garden.

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


  1. Sara S says:

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

  2. 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

  3. Nicole says:

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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 … 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!

  7. marilyn says:

    that was SWEET! loved it

  8. allison says:

    So sweet.

  9. Su says:

    lovely – thanks for sharing the video and Neal….

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. Sue Ann says:

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

  13. Heather says:

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

  14. 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!

  15. mumzy says:

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

  16. Kat says:

    How cool was that!!!

  17. barbeeT says:

    That made me smile!

  18. Cathy says:

    That was delightful. I love how you love life.

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

  20. Agnes says:

    You are too cute.

  21. 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!

      • Langela says:

        Eww, who watches movies with dead people? Don’t they stink after a bit? Does she dress up the dead people? I’ve never heard of this.

  22. Nancy Eileen says:

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

  23. Jebberjay says:

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

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