Monday, November 17, 2014

Harvest Monday, 17 November 2014

This week was filled with some wonderful harvests. From parsnips, beets, and turnips.

To broccoli and my first (rather pitiful) celeriac.

I also harvested a good amount of bok choy and green onions to hold me over through this cold week we will have. Basically I harvested things to get them out of the ground before the big freeze hit. The ground might not be frozen permanently until December. But you never know. Occasionally it freezes in mid November and doesn't dethaw. Sometimes it freezes and thaws and refreezes in early December. But all in all it is safer to have those root crops out of the ground. Some people mulch so they can pick later. But honestly I hate going out in the freezing cold, especially to dig in the cold soil. So I'd rather have them inside and stored.

But my biggest harvest this week by far were the carrots.

And more carrots.

And oh so many carrots. 35 pounds in all. I stored some blanched and in the freezer. I stored some in my fridge. And I stored some in the basement. I will be eating a lot of carrots this year. In fact for the whole year I harvested a total of 78 pounds of carrots. That is enough carrots to eat a pound every five days. Which is not all that much of a challenge as I love carrots.

The yearly harvest total stands at 727 pounds. My record, from 2012, is at 735 pounds. So I'm getting close. I need 9 pounds to beat that total. I'm not sure I have that much produce left in the garden. But I guess I'll find out over the next couple of weeks. All that is left is spinach, kale, bok choy, a few bunching onions, and maybe a bit of chard, mache, and mizuna. But even if I don't beat it, I've come very close. It has been a really amazing year in the garden. I've had a few failures, but so many successes.

  • Alliums: 0.64 lbs
  • Broccoli: 1.38 lbs
  • Carrots: 35.20 lbs
  • Greens, Asian: 2.21 lbs
  • Roots: 7.66 lbs
  • Weekly Total: 47.08 lbs
  • Yearly Total: 727.11 lbs
  • Yearly Tally: $1356.49

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. Lovely choy, and what a great harvest of carrots. I am still a rookie at growing carrots, and I am tickled with my 24 pounds of them so far this year. The rest of mine are now covered in snow, which should help protect them from the cold temps. We will see!

  2. That is a lot of carrots! My celeriac did not size up this year, wondering if it is due to the cool August we had?

  3. 35 pounds is an amazing amount of carrots! It's Kevin's favorite vegetable so we wouldn't have any problem eating them up.

  4. Those harvests are just gorgeous! Your timing was obviously perfect, unlike mine. Hopefully next year I will know better than to wait until the last minute to harvest. There are still so many veg in your garden - I have a feeling you will be surpassing your 2012 this year.

  5. Oops....messed up and put the wrong link - so I added a 2nd correct link.

  6. Not only are your carrots plentiful but beautiful and sound looking. It's carrot season for me and mine are just an inch or so. In my little patch I'd be happy with 10 lbs.

  7. Holy Cats and Kittens! That's a lot of carrots.

    I've got such rock-hard soil that it will be years before I can grow carrots. Composting, and digging in all the organic material I can get my hands on....

  8. Must get some picking done this week!

  9. How fabulous to get to harvest so much of something that you so dearly love. My Dave would be orange with envy, in his dreams I would grow carrots like yours.

  10. Daphne! What an awesome year! The thing that amazes me about your 727 pound total is that you grew that much without growing any tomatoes!! Our totals are close to the same for the year but 220 pounds of mine are tomatoes. You are an amazing gardener to get that much produces without a big crop like tomatoes or potatoes! :)

  11. Absolutely incredible! I suspect you will still beat your total from last year, but even if you don't ... what an amazing accomplishment! The bok choy looks beautiful.

  12. Fabulous harvests, I'm particularly jealous of the broccoli - because I didn't garden over our winter I missed our season and its all the more annoying as I'm going through a bit of a broccoli phase eating it for lunch with oyster sauce most days.

  13. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful harvest!!! Envious of all that carrot harvest! Colder than normal here also. Nancy

  14. Wow, incredible you're still picking so much. Carroty heaven. And your celeriac is much bigger than mine, I'll probably only get to pick the

  15. i just converted your carrot pounds to kilos - wow!! i hope you like carrots :-) as always, your harvests are really inspiring. your bok choy is so fresh - i have never grown that. maybe i should! they are such neat, compact plants.