Monday, September 14, 2009

Harvest Monday September 14, 2009

Tuesday morning's harvest

There were two major events in the garden affecting the harvest. The first was the pulling out of the tomatoes on Tuesday afternoon. It was quite a job and I was so busy that day getting things done I didn't remember to take a photo of the harvest from them. From the Sungolds I only picked the tomatoes that were almost full color. They don't seem to keep well so the green ones wouldn't make it anyway. For the blacks I picked any that showed signs of turning. These seem to keep quite well on my counter so they should all ripen before rotting.

Raspberries harvested all week long

So for a while I'll have some tomatoes as they ripen up. I still have one Market Miracle tomato that was pulled out weeks ago. I can't find just the right thing to use up the last of the big tomatoes. It is doomed to rot on my counter unless I get moving on this. Really I should just throw it in a salad and be done with the angst.

The second huge undertaking was the digging of the potato bin. Kennebecs seem not to be good bin potatoes, but I still got a crop underneath the bin where the potatoes were planted.

Thursday's harvest

The first of the fall crops was picked this week. Two small heads of broccoli. So far broccoli hasn't been very prolific in my garden. I'm hoping for lots of side shoots because the heads were only about four inches wide.

I've noticed a tendency this week to forget to weigh things. The tomatillos in that photo with the broccoli are nowhere to be found on the harvest record sheet. Nor is the basil that I pulled to dry on the same day the tomatoes were ripped up. I must try to be more vigilant.

Friday's harvest

I've been harvesting more than my food. I've also been harvesting seed. You can see the lettuce seed in the above little bowls. I don't add my saved seed to the harvest totals except the seed that I'm going to eat, like the dill, coriander and bean seed. I consider that seed to be money that I don't have to spend next year and fodder for seed trades in the fall.

Friday's beans

Except for the potatoes it was a slow harvest week. Thank goodness for them. Maybe next week will feature the first of the leeks to go with them. I can't wait for soup.

Sunday's harvest

So here are the weekly tally totals:

  • Alliums 0.28 lbs
  • Beans 1.12 lbs
  • Berries 0.71 lbs
  • Broccoli 0.44 lbs
  • Cucurbits 0.51 lbs
  • Herbs 0.04 lbs
  • Peppers 0.46 lbs
  • Potatoes 15.38 lbs
  • Tomatillo 0.09 lbs
  • Tomatoes 1.76 lbs

Weekly total: 20.79 lbs
Weekly spent: $0
Yearly total: 176.19 lbs
Yearly earned: $605.70

If you would like to join in showing off your harvest, put your name and URL into Mr. Linky below. It doesn't matter how big or small your harvest is. You don't have to count the pounds like I do. If you have had a harvest this last week, show us and join in!


  1. It was interesting to see the results of your potato harvest. I was all set to add a potato bin to my garden for next year. Not too many people had success with the bin this year. It seems to be trial and error to determine which types of potatoes thrive in the bin. It did seem like a lot of work too.

  2. Great looking harvest, and so glad I could join in again!

  3. I didn't get a very good potato crop this year - I think because it was fairly dry in June. Last year's was much better.

  4. The harvest this week looks quite good - even with the tomato plant removal.

  5. Grafix Muse, well if you bin them make sure to find someone that has successfully grown them in a bin and find out the variety. And don't use Kennebecs.

    prue, thanks.

    Amanda, we had trouble because we had too much rain in June and late blight get an early start.

    kitsapFG, thanks.

  6. Hi Daphne, you harvested some really pretty, very colorful things this week. I wonder if the Piracicaba broccoli that I'm growing would do well for you. It was bred to be heat tolerant so you should be able to start it earlier. It doesn't have a large main head but does produce lots of side shoots. Some people may not like the loose heads that it produces though.

  7. Broccoli was a bust for me this year, and I didn't even try for a fall crop of it. Your dried beans are gorgeous!

  8. Michelle, we don't get really hot summers, but Piracicaba sounds like an interesting one. I wish I had someone close growing it so I could taste it.

    Annie's Granny, my spring crop didn't work at all since the root maggots got to it. So far this fall it is growing well. I'm just not getting big heads. I hope the side shoots do well at least.

  9. Wow, just look at those colors in pic #1 ! And those raspberries ! And those beautiful beans !

    Lovely harvest !

  10. Gorgeous! I'm drooling, especially over the raspberries.

    I gre the Piracicaba broccoli and really liked it, as a matter of fact it is on the menu again for tomorrow night. We've been eating from a few plants all summer. Several plants went to seed though, over our vacation, and I didn't have the hear to cut the flowers off as the bees were loving it.

  11. Miss M, thanks.

    henbogle, hmm maybe I'll have to get that one. It would be nice to have a broccoli that produces all summer long. That is if I can get it to grow in the spring. They were growing under a row cover and the root maggots took them down anyway.

  12. I grew a potato variety for bins, Yellow Finn, and had a disappointing harvest. I think I'm going to go for beds next year.

    Your seed saving is truly an inspiration!

  13. Everything looks excellent Daphne! My fall broccoli is producing really small head, most are only two inches across. Next year I am just going to leave the spring crop in for side shouts. I too have been forgetting to weight things, I think it is just fatigue at the end of the season.

  14. How great to have a good amount of freshly picked veggies to eat every night! The beans look great. I think I'm going to try these next year.

  15. Awesome harvest, as always, Daphne! Are those black beans in the picture? My husband and I eat black beans (from the store) all the time and I had thought about growing them. But I heard they need a lot of heat to grow well... If they are regular black beans, could you tell me what variety? Thanks!

  16. Stefaneener, bins really seem hit or miss. I still haven't figured out if I'll do it again next year.

    Dan, if I can get my spring crop to live I would love to do that too.

    Wendy, thanks.

    Jackie, the black beans are Trail of Tears. I have no idea what they will taste like yet, but they grew quite well this year.