Monday, October 7, 2013

Harvest Monday October 7th, 2013

My most interesting harvest this week is the sweet potatoes. I grew three kinds - Purple (left side, both top and bottom), Beauregard (top right), and Garnet (bottom right). I had 7 plants of Purple, 6 of Beauregard, and 4 of Garnet. As you can see the Purple yielded the best (2.5lbs/plant) and the Garnet the least (less than one pound/plant). Beauregard was in the middle (1.5 lbs/plant). My biggest sweet potato was a Beauregard which isn't in the photo as it was just outside the frame and it was 1.8 pounds. Purple came in second with 1.7 pounds. So some of those sweet potatoes are huge. The photo can be deceptive as it is such a wide view.

Last year Garnet yielded the best. I had trouble early on with the Garnet slips. The sweet potatoes are very slow to sprout in the spring. I finally got smallish slips rooted about a week later than the others were planted. So they were always behind. I tried to keep the other two from smothering the Garnet plants, but eventually I gave up. I think next year I'll start trying to root their slips very early on. Maybe in January instead of the beginning of March. I know they can do better than they did this year.

The other big harvest was the first of the kale. I froze most of it for the winter.

I also had a couple of harvest baskets with Asian greens.

One even had the first of the kholrabis in them.

My tally below also shows beans, though I have no photo. The first of the Jacob's Cattle beans were dry. When the rest are all dried out, probably in a week, I'll take a photo. They are very pretty beans. And I broke 400 pounds this week. My goal every year is one pound per square foot. So I try to get about 565 pounds. I have a feeling I'm just going to miss it. I've been behind all year long. And have gotten even farther behind as the year went on. I'll have to look closely at the tallies later in the year, but I know my zucchini, broccoli, spring cabbage were all disappointments.

  • Beans 0.23 lbs
  • Greens 5.45 lbs
  • Greens, Asian 2.61 lbs
  • Sweet Potatoes 30.15 lbs
  • Weekly Tally 38.44 lbs
  • Yearly Tally 403.54 lbs, $797.92

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.

23 comments:

  1. Wow, look at those sweet potatoes, what a haul. Not something I can grow in my climate, but boy do I enjoy eating them

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  2. Great looking sweet potatoes! They look nice and clean, with nothing eating on them. I have vole damage some years, and I never know what the tubers will look like. I need to let the soil dry out before I can do any digging.

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  3. Yes, those Sweet Potatoes are really impressive - the full technicolour treatment! It must be difficult to prepare the long thin ones. Do you peel them like you would peel a carrot?

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    1. Yes when I want them peeled. But the skin is edible, so if it is undamaged (which isn't true for all the potatoes) I'll eat it skin and all.

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  4. That's a lot of sweet potatoes, and kale! Looking forward to finding out what you'll do with the potatoes!

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  5. Great sweet potatoes harvest, glad to see how well your purples are doing. I only grew 2 plants of the purple in container this year, will harvest this week to see what the results are. Your greens are always so perfect, what's the secret to keeping the bugs away?

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    1. I use row covers. Of course that doesn't keep the slugs away. But we have been very dry here since August so the slugs haven't been bad this year.

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  6. You are doing so well - Shows how ambitious you are that less than 565 pounds is a disappointment!

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  7. Love the photo of the sweet potatoes all lined up on the counter. The kale and Asian greens harvests are impressive as well.

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  8. Look at those sweet potatoes! Wouldn't I love to be putting those away for winter!

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  9. Great looking harvest!! I'd like to try sweet potatoes some day. They are very hard to grow in our climate from what other gardeners tell me. I really only know of one person that has had much success. Our growing season is just a little to short.

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  10. I have never seen sweet potatoes like that. They are beautiful!

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  11. Love those sweet potatoes and greens, they look so pretty, you inspire me to try growing sweet potatoes again.

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  12. That's a great harvest of sweet potatoes. I grew them for the first time this year and a lot of them were smallish. I've never heard of the Purple variety. Do they go by another name?

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    1. Not that I know of. If you look at the catalogs you can see a variety that is just called Purple. It about sums up the potato. The color actually darkens as it cooks, so it is a blackish purple then. Before it is cooked it is a pretty lavender purple.

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  13. Beautiful sweet potatoes! I really want to try them sometime, but need to find a space for them. Your greens look fabulous and you are very smart to use the row covers, a habit I haven't learned yet to my regret!

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  14. Whenever I thought of sweet potato I guess I thought of the Beauregard kind but didn't know it was called that. Nice looking Kale, and Asian greens. I have some Kale that came back that I am enjoying now. Nancy

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  15. Nice harvest of sweet potatoes! I wanted to try growing them but no one eats more than a bite or two, so no sense planting...

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  16. Now those are proper kohlrabi, not like my weird elongated versions.

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  17. Well done on the sweet potatoes! The production of our garden has also felt behind, but this run of beautiful weather may help us catch up.

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