Monday, October 10, 2011

Harvest Monday - October 10, 2011

This week I broke 500lbs of produce. I'm sure I broke the number earlier, but since none of the tomatoes and peppers have been weighed since the end of August I can't count them. I did a better job of photographing what I picked, but still am falling down on the job. This week the Asian greens really started to come in. Everything I'm picking in that category is just thinning out the patch.

The August sowing of carrots is starting to produce. The Mokums and Purple Haze are huge now. The Sugar Snax need more time and may or may not size up totally. But this basket really features the leeks. It is time for leek and potato soup. Well not for me since I'm still not allowed to eat potatoes, but my CSA friends got leeks and potatoes. Maybe they will eat soup.

The potatoes are about two thirds picked right now. The yields have been about half what I would like. I planted about five pounds of seed potato. I'd love to pull out ten times that or 50 lbs, but I think the total will end up being about 25 lbs. Pretty sad. It is hard to get worked up over it though since I don't get to eat them. But I'm saving a few Kennebecs for my husband. When we bake chicken I'll bake him one and me a sweet potato. Hmm maybe I should try growing sweet potatoes next year. My husband won't touch them, but I will.

I've also been picking my beans and pulling out the plants over time. These are the Borlotto beans. I was growing them as a dried bean, but they just took too long. So I picked a lot as shelling beans. The dried beans I've been picking aren't in the harvest totals yet as they are drying in paper bags. I've shelled all that I've picked already. Since it has been so wet over the last couple of weeks I like to get the bean out of the shell as quickly as possible so they don't mold out. I've lost a bit to mold, but not as much as I feared.

  • Alliums 1.83 lbs
  • Shelling beans 0.66 lbs
  • Carrots 1.21 lbs
  • Cucurbits 16.36 lbs
  • Eggplant unknown
  • Greens 2.74 lbs
  • Herbs unknown
  • Lettuce unknown
  • Pepper unknown
  • Potatoes 5.64 lbs
  • Raspberries unknown
  • Weekly Total 12.09 lbs
  • Weekly Spent $0
  • Yearly Total 507.89 lbs
  • Veggie Garden was worth $1069.62
  • Fruit 1.87 lbs

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.

33 comments:

  1. Your Asian Greens look wonderful! Mine are still babies in the basement. I am so bad about getting fall crops in during the summer. Hopefully we will have some nice cold frame winter crops though!

    Since you can't eat potatoes, I think that you should definitely plant some sweet potaotes next year.

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  2. Congrats on the 500lbs. Your Asian greens are looking great.

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  3. Your asian greens are lovely as always!

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  4. Those beans are so pretty! They would look nice just sitting there in a jar!
    Congrats on the 500 (++) lb mark.
    :)

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  5. I agree with the above comments, your Asian greens look great. Nice looking carrots too. Because of all the rain and the location of my garden, the Asian greens I planted did not survive but in one area of the garden there are many volunteers which I am harvesting. Makes me happy.

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  6. Your Asian leaves look stunningly beautiful, Daphne!
    Have a great week,
    Charlotta

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  7. Nothing beats a Borlotto for showiness!
    How noble of you to grow potatoes when you know you can't eat them. A real "Love is.." situation.

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  8. I've never grown the Borlotto beans. But they are great in soups. Too bad about the potatoes. Will you ever be able to eat Solanaceous vegetables?

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  9. Your harvest looks great! It's been a while since I could participate in Harvest Monday - glad I can this time - I've got a sweet potato!

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  10. That's a really impressive Fall harvest. The Asian greens look fantastic. I was late getting brassicas planted for Fall and will get one or two Soloist chinese cabbage, that's it.

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  11. Huge exctiement here, we had our 'massive' carrot harvest yesterday. I am really pleased with how well the carrots turned out as they were a serious bust last year.
    I also pulled up the 'tester' horseradish, and based on the size of the plant and root that I pulled, I expect some great results with the 'real' horseradish plants that I will be harvesting soon.

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  12. Awesome harvest as usual, Daphne! Those Asian greens are beautiful! I didn't keep mine covered and had some little green snackers making holes, sigh. Lovely looks, too. Enjoy!

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  13. Your Asian greens look wonderful. Mine are still at least a week or two out and are currently covered with a cold frame. 500 lbs!!! Great job!

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  14. Congrats on hitting 500 lbs! I think I might go back to weighing my harvest next year. It's a lot of work but at least you get a sense of how your garden is working for you.

    Are these the Asian greens you planted to replace your broccoli? If so, they sure grew fast!

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  15. I ended up with a five to 1 ratio yeild on the potatoes this year too - approximately half what I got last year from the same amount of growing area. It was a weird weather year for us though and I am not discouraged by it - just sad to know that next year is shaping up to be an exact repeat for us (La Nina is back).

    Gorgeous greens thinnings. I can only imagine what the rest of the patch looks like! How are you liking the Mokum carrots? They are one of my favorite varieties.

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  16. wow, you have some really nice stuff this week. I really like the colors in your carrots. The potatoes look great! And the greens too! Mmmm!

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  17. I agree, you should definitely plant sweet potatoes next year. It's too bad that you cannot eat regular potatoes, but at least it is not as disappointing when your harvest is not what you were hoping for.

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  18. Lovely crop there, Daphne! I also love sweet potatoes and will try to grow them in the greenhous in a bucket next year! Have a nice evening! :) Mia

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  19. Great harvest..all those greens looke yummy!

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  20. Funny that you mention sweet potatoes - I just harvested mine. And now I don't know what to do with them - they're not exactly common here in Austria (except as ornamentals).

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  21. Nice harvest! I've never grown leeks, but potato leek soup sounds yummy. Might have to add that to my grow list! Love the colors of those carrots.

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  22. Congrats on reaching the quarter ton harvest mark.

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  23. Beautiful harvest! Especially the Asian greens. I haven't dug up all our potatoes yet, but I suspect my yields to be lower than last year too based on what has been dug so far.

    Until recently, I didn't think Sweet Potatoes could be grown in New England until I read this article: Mother Earth News: Grow Sweet Potatoes — Even in the North. May be worth a try.

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  24. The more we grow, the more I love the fall harvest. Our leeks will need to be sampled soon, yum. Try them streamed with some vinegar and pepper, no potatoes necessary.

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  25. Congrats for 500 lbs, those greens are beautiful, I've never grown dry beans before, I'm not sure I have the patience or space for it.

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  26. We need to ditch our husbands and move in together. I'll eat sweet potatoes with you. ;-)

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  27. Wow! 500+++ pounds! What a fantastic accomplishment I've been thinking about trying to grow sweet potatoes, too! I prefer them anyhow :-)

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  28. Daphne, it has been a few weeks since I peeked in on you and WOW, what an accomplishment! More than 500 pounds harvested! I read back through some of your most recent posts... you surely do have a way with veggies! Makes my paltry weekly basket of groceeries look like the appetizer to a ten course meal (all ten courses being from your garden LOL).

    And the season and harvest aren't over yet!

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  29. 500lbs is so awesome!!!! Good work!

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  30. Those beans are just gorgeous!! Man, I really should have planted some beans this year. Well, there's always next year.

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  31. Love those beans.

    Where are your Trail of Tears beans?

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  32. Hi Daphne, You should definitely try sweet potatoes. We did for the first time this year. Let me say, before we grew them in the garden I did not like them. After we grew them this year, I like them better than potatoes!

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  33. Congratulations on the 500lbs!!! That is amazing. :) Looks beautiful!

    ~Lynn

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