Monday, November 10, 2014

Harvest Monday 10 November 2014

The big harvest this week was the last of the fresh eating carrots. I dug them up in two batches after having to go out and pick them in the snow. I didn't want to do that again and as the season progresses it will become more and more likely. I'm happier getting the carrots I need from the fridge. I also picked some other root vegetables. Radishes, turnips, and the first of the parsnips. The parsnips were quite good, though they are small. You can see that the Mokum carrots are so much larger. But I'll take what I can get. They didn't get planted until after the kale came out in early June.

I also picked enough bunching onions to last the week. I figure I'll do that again this week and until the onions are gone or they are too frozen to pick. I was picking them as I needed them, but with the change in the weather, that changes too.

Though most of the green that I ate was the cabbage picked the week before (and now gone), I did pick some broccoli. Yum. I have one more big head out there and maybe a small side shoot. I'll pick that this week then I can pull all the plants.

I picked all the cilantro and parsley and washed it up and froze it for the winter. I hope it is enough to get me through the winter, but I doubt it. I'll probably end up buying some cilantro and reverting to dried parsley which isn't as good later in the spring.

And last but not least and definitely the most work. I winnowed out the seeds I harvested a while ago. But that means it can get into the tally. I only tallied up about half the dill as the odds of using so much are slim. (I have about four times as much dill as fennel.) I do use a lot of dill seed as I use it in rye bread as it is almost the same taste. A cup of dill seed means eight loaves of rye. Or in my gluten free case, mock rye bread. And then I'll make a lot of dill pickles next summer too.

Unphotographed for some reason is the celery harvest. I harvested about 5 pounds of celery, but only about two pounds was usable, so that was what got into the tally. Celery is always a challenge. And for some reason the ants love it. I decided not to freeze it this time as I should have no trouble going through it as it is soup season.

  • Alliums: 0.64 lbs
  • Broccoli: 1.37 lbs
  • Carrots: 10.80 lbs
  • Greens: 1.90 lbs
  • Herbs: 3.58 lbs
  • Roots: 3.29 lbs
  • Weekly Total: 21.58 lbs
  • Yearly Total: 680.04 lbs
  • Yearly Tally: $1236.37

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. Never thought of freezing parsley, should do so this week for winter use. Over 1200 pounds yearly tally, very impressive, congrats.

    1. Only 680 pounds. I suspect I'll get close to my record though.

  2. I freeze parsley stems for making stock, but never thought of freezing the leaves. I imagine they hold their flavor same as the stems. You had a nice haul of carrots and the broccoli looks wonderful.

  3. Good looking carrots there! Interesting about the ants liking the celery. I think I have given up on growing it. I don't ever get enough to justify the long growing season. Your broccoli reminds me I need to harvest what's left of mine before the really deep freeze comes later this week.

  4. I envy your carrots. Some year I may get some carrot seed to germinate. I do have a lot of parsley in the garden, some of which I dehydrated, but maybe I will try freezing some.

  5. Such beautiful carrots. And that broccoli -Yum! I'm definitely envious as my last "head" weighed less than an ounce!

  6. Think you've earned the enviable designation of urban farmer!

  7. Great harvest - we haven't been gathering this week just using things stored or picked last week.

  8. The ants go for celery in my garden also, they farm aphids in there. They do the same thing in my carrots and strawberries. They are such a nuisance. Snow already for for you! I can't believe it's that time of year already.

  9. I envy it all - what a terrific harvest, again! And everything still looks very healthy (really wish I had some of that cilantro).

  10. Looking good!! I've never really thought of including seeds in my harvest totals. I guess I will have to start doing that next year.

  11. I'm so jealous of your harvests! Broccoli, celery, carrots -- all things I LOVE and all I have had a hard time growing this year. Looks great, as always :)

  12. Wish I had as much harvest as yours! And we haven't even had snow yet. Lovely carrots. Nancy

  13. I harvested parsnips this week too. They were a bit of a mess but at least the kids enjoyed the weird shapes.

  14. Incredible! What a great week. That's more carrots than I got the whole year!

  15. You definitely do way better on your carrots than I do! Impressive.