Monday, December 5, 2011

Harvest Monday - November 28, 2011

All that I have to show you was picked earlier in the week as I'm on vacation right now. My townhouse mates have the garden for quite some time. But I will be scheduling Harvest Mondays so you all can play without me when I'm gone.

I said, "All I have to show you". But "all" is quite a lot this week even if it is only two things. The kale I picked through. I've noticed the lower leaves turning brown. So I got rid of them and picked a couple of the next leaves up. Hopefully I won't lose leaves that way. Better to have them eaten. I gave them all to my townhouse mates to eat this week as I still hadn't finished my Asian greens.

First Batch

Then came the carrot harvests. I had to pick all of them that were ready to eat as the carrot flies had hatched again and they were really starting to damage the carrots. Luckily most of the damage at this point was skin deep. None of this new damage was there before Thanksgiving so the little grubs didn't have time to dig very deep into the carrot.

Second Batch

I had over 18 lbs of carrots that I picked. Most were blanched and frozen as I didn't think the carrots would hold up as long stored. The few undamaged carrots will be eaten raw. I'm storing them in the fridge as there aren't' a lot. Any cooked carrots will now be from my froze stash. Most of the carrots I eat in the winter are cooked so it isn't a big deal that I had to process most of them.

I took a photo of some of the longer ones. It is so easy to grow good carrots in this soil. at my last house I had heavy clay and I was happy when I had my soil amended well enough to grow 8" carrots. At the start of that garden I couldn't grow carrots at all.

My favorite carrot of the bunch. I call it "The Lovers". I had one I named "Running Man" but the photos just didn't show it off well.

  • Carrots 18.28 lbs
  • Kale 2.04 lbs
  • Weekly Total 20.33 lbs
  • Weekly Spent $0
  • Yearly Total 587.01 lbs
  • Veggie Garden was worth $1305.09
  • 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.

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful harvest of carrots! I wish I had started my "fall" batch earlier-I pulled many that were teeny tiny. Yours are HUGE. I see some fine meals in your future!

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  2. I love the color of your carrots. What kind of camera do you use to capture that? Thanks!

    Erik
    Comida y Olas
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  3. That's one huge carrot harvest Daphne!

    Have a nice time on vacation!

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  4. That is a beautiful carrot harvest! Have heaps of fun on your holiday.

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  5. Looks like I'm not the only one harvesting kale!

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  6. MMM... I'm still realing over the first batch of carrots! LOL. If I can get a quarter of the carrots you do I'll be happy! Most of the carrots I grow are 6-7 inches and that's pretty good for FL. LOL.

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  7. You really had a good carrot harvest this year - in spite of the carrot fly infestation at the end. Mine got hit by the same pest but much earlier in the season. Kale looks fresh and yummy!

    Have a great trip and enjoy yourself.

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  8. Daphne hope you are enjoying your vacation. Kale I don't do as no one eats it but I sure do love your carrots. I wish now I had weighed mine however no where near as many as you got. I only kept a few for fresh also. I prefer fresh but have quite a few canned for this winter.

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  9. Lovely harvest. I leave my carrots, onions, celeric and beets in the garden and just pull as needed...love the weather here in N. California.

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  10. Gorgeous carrots harvest and beautiful photos. My carrots are tiny compare to yours. Have a great vacation.

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  11. Sustainably ModernDecember 5, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    I love the lover's carrot! A riot! I've been thinking of trying kale next year; I've never eaten it nor grown it.

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  12. Lovely carrots! I hope you enjoy your travels

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  13. Carrots, mating for life. It is too bad that they won't live much past the pending stew. Perhaps it is better that way.

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  14. Carrots this time of the year are so good. The cold weather really sweetens them up.

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  15. You've had a really amazing carrot harvest this year! The "lovers" are fun, too bad the "running man" photos didn't come out as well. Have a fabulous vacation.

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  16. Beautiful carrots and photos!
    Have a nice vacation.

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  17. oh boy you are going to be up to your armpits in carrots this year :)

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  18. Nice harvest, loved the carrots :)
    Have a wonderful vacation. Thank you so much for the seeds, they arrived today.

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  19. Love Your 'Lovers-carrots'! :) Have just harvested some chilies today! have a good day/night! :) Mia

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  20. 18 lbs of carrots, wow! Great harvest for this time of year Daphne!

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  21. Nice carrot harvest. I used to grow tons of carrots on sandy soil in TX but this caliche here is a killer. They are getting better, tho with lots of compost, double digging and potash. Yummy looking kale too. My red russions/aka/ ragged jack is still small, got planted late. The lancinata are almost big enough to start picking though.

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  22. Beautiful carrots! I need consistent rain to grow the dratted things, since I'm such an inconsistent waterer. Soon, I hope.

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  23. Good morning from Japan... thank you for hosting Harvest Monday... hope you do not mind my linking...
    Your carrots look marvelous... the 'lovers' is probably one of its kind... never seen such a thing before...

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  24. great carrot harvest! I gathered a bunch of evergreens to make a few wreaths this week. Happy with that harvest!

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  25. We harvested carrots today too! They were overdue. I like the serving size bags. That's a great idea. Maybe we can do that too.

    I didn't get to post last week, but let me say thanks for the lettuce seeds! We're very excited to try them. When do you recommend seeding them indoors? And how in the world were you able to save them? They are so tiny. Seed saving is a new frontier around here!

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  26. More gorgeous carrots! You seem to make the impossible possible. Cheers!

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  27. I have clay soil and struggle to produce good carrots - the raised beds help a bit but they are raised enough to get beautiful long carrots like yours!

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  28. Fabulous carrots! Mine are nowhere near ready and there will be nowhere near as many. Enjoy your vacation and lots of carrot eating when you get back!

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  29. Over 18 pounds of carrots! You really have carrot growing figured out! I can't get a single one to grow into a carrot. A little green top, and that's it. Even the tops don't grow any larger.

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  30. wow! wonderful harvest, over 1k in food!! thats well worth the time! I have tryed my hand at gardens befor but I just cannot get whatever I plant to get vary big.. It has to be the soil (we have sand here in florida) so nothing likes to grow..


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  31. Thank you for my seeds. I've put them in the refrigerator for next spring. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  32. Your carrots are a GORGEOUS color! So lovely to pull such bright yumminess from the ground this time of year!

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