Last harvest for 2011

Am not sure what this plant is… 
Shall have to look the references up one day…
I supposed the fruits must be quite tasty as the birds do come for them…

Update: Thanks to Debra for suggesting that this could be ‘bittersweet’. Did a search on the net and indeed, this plant belongs to the bittersweet family. The bittersweet in Debra’s write-out looks like a climber but not this one in our garden. I think this plant we have is called Japanese Spindle. It is not a climber but an ever green shrub with shiny leaves.

Harvested some round daikons today for my suweeto haato to make a new year dish with carrots…
Also harvested the butter scotch pumpkins… 
All six of them, including the one that was harvested some time ago…
In total, they weighed about 4.9 kilograms…
As we retire for the night, my missus is about to put one pumpkin into a dutch oven and placing the dutch oven inside our wood-stove…
We are experimenting to see if the pumpkin gets cooked with the remaining heat from the wood-stove… 
Plus, harvested the last of the sweet potatoes…
The purple-flesh murasaki sweet potatoes were the most productive of the four types… 
All in all, they weighed in at about 15.2 kilograms…
Very good by my standards…
Our favorite sweet potato however, is the orange-flesh An-no…
They are super sweet, almost like honey…
Rather unfortunately, productivity was low…
We could manage only about 2.9 kilograms of this delicious sweet potato…
And to close the 2011 chapter is this little camellia…
Ok folks, looking forward to the new year when we get up next morning…
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20 Responses to Last harvest for 2011

  1. Mr. H. says:

    Such interesting pumpkins you grow, I will be curious to hear how they cooked up for you in the woodstove…sounds like something I should try. Your daikons and sweet potatoes look and sound pretty wonderful too. Enjoy those delicious foods from your garden and have a very happy new year.

  2. Cat says:

    Happy New Year, Lrong! Looking forward to following along with the goings on of your potager in 2012!!

  3. The plant in the first picture of your post looks to me as though it may be bittersweet. If you would like to reference it, I wrote about bittersweet in one of my posts and shared it with the Blotanical community. Here is the link to it: http://gardensinspired.blogspot.com/2011/11/american-bittersweet-tale.htmlBest wishes for a happy new year!

  4. Lrong says:

    Mr. H… shall put the pictures of the experiment in the post later on… likewise, here's wishing you a joyous new year with your family…Cat… am looking forward to visiting your blog this coming year too… Happy 2012…Debra… thank you for dropping by and for the link too… I looked the post up but I think they are different plants… the one we have here is not a climber while the bittersweet is… best wishes and happy 2012….

  5. It has been a lovely journey to your potagery throughout 2011, and am looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous vegetable produce thias new year. Happy 2011!Rosie

  6. Lrong says:

    Rosie… same here, thanks for sharing your 2011 adventures… enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to doing so again in 2012… happy new year to you…

  7. rainfield61 says:

    There is a continuity, only we break them into years.The harvest will go on and on.Happy new year.

  8. Lrong says:

    rain… yeap, the 'continuity' continues…

  9. Happy New Year Lrong! Your produce is beautiful as is the camellia! Hope experiment with sweet potato in dutch oven turns out as expected. Look forward to your posts and your potager during 2012!

  10. lina says:

    You really have an abundance of produce to enjoy, as a result from your labour of love at your potager. :)Happy New Year to you and your wife. May 2012 bring prosperity and joy to you both. ^^

  11. Lrong says:

    Theanne and Baron… the experiment turned out, well, not too good and not too bad… the heat was a bit too strong… Happy 2012!lina… thank you… and happy 2013 to you and your loved ones too…

  12. Autumn Belle says:

    Happy New Year 2012 to you and your suweeto haato!

  13. Liz says:

    Those sweet potatoes look fabulous. Shame the pumpkin didn't quite work? I liked the idea very much.

  14. Very good harvest! It might be a little late but…shinnen akemashite omedetogozaimasu. Kotoshi mo yoroshiku onegaishimasu. Hope this year will bring more harvest in your garden.

  15. Lrong says:

    Autumn Belle… likewise, sama-sama to you and your family…Liz… am trying to convince my wife to try the idea again, but let's see… Malay-Kadazan girl… kochira koso, omedetou gozai masu…kotoshi mo takusan o-yasai ga toreru yoni, o-inori shimasu…

  16. Amazing harvest Lrong…were your veggies grown outside or in a polytunnel? Hope you've had a good start to the new year! 🙂

  17. Lrong says:

    Tanya @ Lovely Greens… the veggies are all grown outside without any polytunnel… the temperatures dipped to minus 1.6 two days ago and the plants are still quite ok… happy gardening in 2012!

  18. Bom says:

    What a wonderful harvest with which to end the old year and to start the new one.

  19. cathy@home says:

    Lrong what a great harvest for the end of last year you had.I just want to say how much I am enjoying reading about your garden and life in Japan.Have a great 2012.

  20. Lrong says:

    Bom… hope you have a good start too, my friend…cathy@home…likewise, it is a joy for me to visit your blog… am looking forward to more visits in the new year…

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