Monday, October 11, 2010

Harvest Monday -11 October 2010

The harvests are getting slower. Even the tomato harvest. It looks like 4.66 lbs from the tally, but the reality is that most of them were picked earlier green and they ripened up. As soon as they ripen they get added. I'm not a big fan of green tomatoes so I don't add them until they are edible to me. I did still pick one little tiny Cherokee Purple. I don't know how many more there are left. I pick them as soon as they blush so have plenty from the previous week on the counter, but with our temperatures getting into the 30s at night (last night and more predicted later this week), I doubt they will ripen very fast.

Gabrielle though is still pumping them out. This Sungold F3 just won't quit. They are cracking more with all the rain, but there are still plenty of good ones left.

As the Asian green harvest picks up, the zuke harvest is slowing down. There is one in this basket I swear, but it is overwhelmed by the boc choy and the chard.

This week I spent money. I haven't yet added it to the tally. I bought myself cedar and hardware for some raised beds. I haven't bought it all yet, and I need to order soil. But I'm getting there. I'm wondering if I should wait to add it in next year since I won't even be using the beds until then. So how long does a cedar bed last? 10 years?

  • Cucurbits 0.39 lbs
  • Greens 1.25 lbs
  • Herbs 0.69 lbs
  • Turnip 0.16 lbs
  • Tomato 4.66 lbs
  • Spent this week: $0 (sort of)
  • Total harvested this week 7.15 lbs
  • Total for the year 303.91 lbs
  • 2010 Tally $962.47

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.


  1. Loved the basil! Mine came out this weekend to make room for the garlic. I'm so excited to see your garden next year at your new place. How exciting to plan it all out like this and see it come together.

  2. My harvests are slowing down too. Your basil and asian greens look great. Good luck with the rest of the new bed set up.

  3. It's all about the greens now. I'm curious to see how long the beds last, as that is my next project.

  4. Those new beds are going to look great when you get them finished. Too bad the landscaper couldn't get with your plan though. I know this has been a challenging year for your gardening, and I am amazed at how much you have managed to produce!

  5. Looking forward to seeing your new garden when it's finished! If cedar lasts on average 10 years, I'm guessing untreated pine would last much less? That's what I used for the new beds I'm building now. We're not planning on being at this house forever, so hopefully they'll outlast our stay. Keep enjoying those tomatoes while they last. :)

  6. beautiful basil :)
    And I can't wait to see your gardens next year too!!

  7. The greens and herbs (hiding the zucchini) look great and those F3 Sungolds that keep on giving are amazing. I usually don't grow cherry tomatoes anymroe but I am going to make an exception for Sungold this coming year.

  8. Isn't it so rewarding to see how much money you have saved on food by gardening? My husband is eating only food from our garden for the month of October (with a few select locally sourced cheat items like flour, salt, etc) and I am amazed at how much money we've saved by not grocery shopping. Looks like you have saved a lot too!

  9. Still no frost in our part of Oregon, so what I have is still growing, but slooooowly!

  10. I'm amazed at your tomato harvest this far into October. You really are in a great gardening zone there.


  11. That single tomato looks square! Heh. The sungold look really good, too...

  12. Amazing to be this far in the cool season to see that great diversity. Looks GREAT!

  13. Nice greens! Your greens must be getting sweeter and sweeter as the night temperature drops. And you still have a lovely mix of warm and cool growing season veggies.

  14. Your basil is so pretty. Wait and count the cost for your new beds with next year's garden since that is when you will start your harvest from the new beds. I am enjoying watching your new garden come together. Gives me lots of food for thought... as if I need encouragement. (smile

  15. I am amazed you still have tomatoes... mine got hit by some blight or fungal infection, and are now toast. All your harvests look delicious!

  16. Lovely harvest Daphne, it all looks very fresh and healthy especially impressed of the asian greens. No slugs?

    I guess ten years for the ceder frames sounds a bit optimistic./ Tyra in the greenhouse

  17. Nice greens and lovely harvest. Your new garden plan looks lovely, can't wait to see what goes into the new raised beds.

  18. Hi Daphne!

    Worked quite a bit in my garden today... preparing for cold weather.

    I harvested my pumpkins and squash today. Have greens growing in the covered box... and still some Eggplants to harvest.

  19. Beautiful harvest, as usual. Nice to see those greens. Your row covers give you such pretty greens. Mine are bug-eaten.

  20. What an impressive harvest as the summer season comes to a close! And you've almost reached the $1k mark, nice job!

    What do you do with all those cherry tomatoes? Dehydrate them?

  21. Sorry I missed the last few weeks, I've been up to my eyeballs in projects.

  22. Hi, Daphne: Happy to see you and so many others are still harvesting (and making the time to blog about it).

    I'm a little too, ummm, economically savvy (a/k/a cheap) to even consider cedar. 10 years sounds great for the cedar, but I went with the cheap stuff, about $5 per board for the 2x6x8 boards to frame my beds. Still holding up in Season 4.

    And maybe you can think about lasange beds, especially since you're not going to plant until next summer. Scround up all the composting ingredients you can and throw them into your framed beds. Pretty sure it will save on the volume of soil you'll have to order next year.

  23. What an absolutely fabulous blog I have found here! Thank's to Tyra in the greenhous and her participation in your lovely harvets theme...

    I really would like to join in, and contribute with last week's pumpkin harvest:)

    Have a great week,
    Cesar's garden

  24. Ribbit, My basil is slowly turning black in the cold nights. I don't think it has much time to go before it dies. I'm making pizzas for lunch every day to enjoy it while it lasts. I think I might run out of fresh tomatoes before I run out of basil though. I have just three left on the counter.

    Emily, thanks

    The Mom, I've heard anywhere from 5 to 10+. For regular board I've hard from 2 to 5 years. So who really knows? I think where you live matters the most. I figure that my old cedar fence (the cedar posts in the ground) at the last house started to show signs of wear around 10 years, but held up well until year 17. So I'm hoping for the higher end, but it might be lower.

    villager, it was pretty hard when I had the two gardens, but once I only had one it was pretty easy. It really isn't a large garden. Now next year will be hard. I'll have the whole dang yard to plant up. Ack. I shouldn't think of it. One step at a time is easier to contemplate.

    thyme, I hear 2-5 years on pine. But have no clue since I've never done it. I hope they last long enough for you.

    Shawn Ann, neither can I

    kitsapFG, Sungold is an amazing tomato. I think the real amazing part is how it can handle the cold weather better than any tomato I've seen. It is having issues right now though. We had a night in the 30s last week and I don't think it liked that very much. It seemed fine with the 40s.

    sweetlocal, you can save a lot by growing your own. I usually eat all my own veggies from the garden (with the exception of corn). This year I haven't done as well as I'm in a transitional garden, but still got a lot.

  25. Dan, mine too. Except for the greens, things have really slowed down a lot.

    Mary, usually I have to rip the plants out in early September, but this year has been hot and dry so the tomatoes didn't get all those nasty diseases. It has been raining recently though and they the two left are starting to succumb.

    EG, It does. Some of the later tomatoes look really blocky.

    Barbie, thanks

    Angela, they are. I'm really going to love them in a couple of weeks. Not that they aren't good now, but they will be even better.

    debiclegg, it is weird having such a blank slate to start with. In some ways it is a lot easier and some ways harder.

    Ali, mine have gotten something too, but they haven't stopped putting out tomatoes.

    Tyra, the slugs haven't been very bad this year as we had no rain all summer long. Their population is slowly building back up though. I'll have to do something about it. I'm wondering if I should do a 5 year amortization of the cedar beds. It is a safe bet they will last longer than that. But you are right. 10 might be pushing it.

    mac, me either. I keep debating what to plant. It probably won't be nearly as interesting as what you put in though. You always have something interesting to harvest.

  26. Toni, I can't believe you still have eggplants alive in your garden. All I can think is that surely any warm weather veggie would have given up the ghost by now in Wyoming.

    Lou, mine are starting to get holes in them too from the slugs. I had so few of them I ignored them. So they reproduced on me.

    Prairie Cat, I eat all those tomatoes. Well I give a lot of them away to my neighbor. In the summer I dehydrated some, but there are few enough now that our two families can finish them off with ease.

    GoneferalinID, I know how you feel. I probably would have missed one, but I'm not allowed to.

    Cheryl, I really thought about pine. I would have done it with 2x4s as they are the cheapest. I'd stack them two high My boards were just over twice as expensive as yours (for the sames size), but I'm hoping that I can get twice the time out of them as I would get with pine.

    Madame C, thanks. I saw your pumpkins on your blog. Thank goodness for translation programs so I can read it. I like that we get to see people from all over the world harvesting.

  27. I'd think the cedar will last ten years as long as it stays on the dry side. I used untreated spruce and it is still perfect after 3 seasons. Doubt it will last ten years though. Your greens look really good. When did you plant them?