Monday, July 18, 2011

Harvest Monday - July 18 2011

It was a huge harvest week. There were several firsts of the year. I had the first green beans, the first chili peppers, and the first big tomato, Cherokee Purple. This week featured a lot of preserving. I blanched and froze chard. I grated and froze zucchini. And I dried a lot of herbs. I broke even this week on produce versus expenses. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, but just so you know, the garlic wasn't weighed and tallied yet. That will happen once it is dried and trimmed.

  • Alliums 2.91 lbs
  • Beans 1.06 lbs
  • Broccoli 0.41 lbs
  • Carrot 2.87 lbs
  • Cucurbits 8.29 lbs
  • Greens 9.59 lbs
  • Herbs 1.88 lbs
  • Peas 2.16 lbs
  • Pepper 0.70 lbs
  • Other roots 1.01 lbs
  • Tomato 1.21 lbs
  • Weekly Total 32.09 lbs
  • Weekly Spent $0
  • Yearly Total 139.29 lbs
  • Out of the hole! $2.83

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. Wow, almost all I can say is "what a harvest!!" What a wide variety of crops you have this week. Very impressive :)

  2. What beautifuls harvests this week Daphne! Those carrots are perfect and so is everything else!

    Congrats on being in the green! I really need to add a line to my spreadsheet to keep track of how much my harvests are worth. I usually figure it out at the end of the season.

  3. What great harvests! Those carrots look especially good to me since I had such poor germination this spring. It will be a while before we have anything that looks that good.

  4. That was an awesome harvest week! Your root crops are looking really good - the new beds soil structure must be in really good shape.

    The garlic harvest is beautiful and that pile of sugar snap peas is pretty darn impressive. Such a nice variety of produce this week - I am sure you are eating well out of the garden right now.

  5. Woah! BUsy week for you Daphne. Beautiful harvest. I'd love some of those carrots about now.

  6. Congratulation Daphne, you are earning now no more (-).Wow +$$$ how many I wonder for this year. Beautiful bountiful harvest! Our carrots never grow long roots like yours. You must be busy preserving all your goodies this week. Also many space now for new planting.

  7. WOW! You have an AWESOME harvest this week! Jealous, jealous, jealous...

  8. Congratulations on making your way out of the red and into the black!!! How fantastic!!! What a beautiful harvest!!! Chilis & tomatoes...mmm...I can hardly wait!!!

  9. Everything looks just absolutely fantastic Daphne! I love the carrots - beautiful!!

  10. Your harvest looks so delicious. I bet you've been very busy. My favorite is the root crops. Your carrots and beats are so rich and colorful. Thanks for sharing with us.

  11. Wow, you have already more than doubled your 2009 total. You're going to be well stocked up this winter :)

  12. Great harvest, Daphne. Those purple carrots look amazing. I grew purple haze last summer but they were a bit tough and bitter. I wonder if the soil has something to do with it or the fact that it was terribly dry last year.

    I'm jealous of your purple cherokee. Mine still haven't shown any signs of ripening.

  13. Your garlig harvest is amazing! I never manage to get good garlic from my garden

  14. Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. NOw I need the peppers to follow. Garlic next year for sure!

  15. I'm impressed! That's a bountiful harvest.

  16. Glorious! What a wonderful harvest. I will join you in preserving the chard.

  17. foodgardenkitchen, thanks it was one very good week. Sadly it is the last of the peas.

    Robin, Since I have to put the weights in anyway I figured I'd just add in the costs. It isn't all that hard. My issue is there are some things I can't get here so the price is iffy. Like fava beans. I haven't seen them at the farmers market or anywhere so I had to look up online what they might be worth.

    Emily, I'm struggling right now to get up my fall carrot crop. It doesn't want to live in the heat we have been having.

    Laura, The beds are fabulous. It is wonderful to have a full 18" of good soil.

    Barbie, the Mokums are so delicious too. I think they are the best tasting carrot I've had.

    Diana, I haven't a clue who much I'll be in the plus side this year. I did break even earlier than normal. Usually it is the end of July beginning of August that I break even.

    Shawn Ann, thanks

    Bee Girl, I've been eating some of the chilies every day since I picked them. They aren't all that spicy, but I love the taste of jalapenos mild or hot. Weirdly I hate green bell peppers though.

    Allison, thanks

    Jody, I loved that photo too. The light was pretty in the morning. I wish it had been hitting the orange carrots too to make them shine.

    Ben, Nope haven't quite hit my 2009 total, but I'm getting close. I'm sure I'll go way over that, but I don't know how far. This garden is so much bigger.

    Thomas, The purple haze aren't nearly as good as the mokums. Mokums are so crispy and sweet. They are the perfect carrot. I'll see how they compare to the SugarSnax, but that one is a longer season carrot. And it gives much larger carrots too. Half my carrots are SugarSnax this year. I should be picking the first ones at the end of this week or the beginning of the next.

    Graziana, I've been mulching mine with a couple of inches of compost in the fall. I don't remove it in the spring. They seem to like that.

    diddenc, Hopefully you will get some soon.

    RandomGardner, thanks

    Brie, thanks

  18. Look at your pretty carrots! In years past, I've always grown lovely carrots....this year they're just plain ugly. I planted four different varieties, and they are all ugly! Stubby, forked, hairy, ugly carrots. Bah-humbug.

    The rest of your harvest is pretty, too.

  19. I panted Yaya carrots first and they did well ... the Mokums will be ready in a few weeks ... I'll be interested to see if there is a difference.

  20. The photos DO speak for themselves. So much attractive-looking veg. I particularly like the photo of the Chard; it looks absolutely pristine, without a blemish. How do you like to eat your Chard - got any favourite recipes you could share with us?

  21. That's a lot of garlic. Your neighbors are very lucky people.

  22. Daphne, Your garden & your harvests are stunning and simply inspirational. I love the color of those carrots! Gorgeous!

  23. What a fabulous harvest Daphne!

  24. Wonderful Harvest and great pictures! Hopefully soon I will have enough to harvest to be part of your very cool Harvest Mondays!

  25. Awesome harvest, congrats.
    Whoa, drooling over those pristine looking chard, carrots and beets.

  26. Wow your harvest is beautiful, it is finally Summer!

  27. Those red carrots look very interesting. Do they taste the same as orange carrots?

    My Stupice tomato has had ripe tomatoes for about a week. None of the other tomatoes have ripened yet here in RI. I planted Brandywine and also Dona seed I had saved from two sources. Since Dona (hybrid) seed has not been available for awhile, I wanted to see if the seeds I had would still germinate and compare the results.

  28. Wow, that harvest is inspring! Everything looks so good. My mokum carrots were a bust this year, but after seeing yours, I'll be trying them again next year.

  29. I am so jealous of your harvest! I think it will be weeks before I get my first big tomato. I've been reading your blog for over a year but today is the first time I've participated in Harvest Monday. My take is so puny compared to yours :)

  30. That purple kohlrabi of yours is so much prettier than the White Vienna we grew earlier in the season. My favorite part of Harvest Monday is getting to see all the weird veggies I didn't grow this year :)

  31. Beautiful harvest photos and such harvest variety beginning this week. You must be eating very well. Congrats on breaking even for the year. Amazing especially with such a new garden. All your work and care has paid off and the remainder of your harvests is bonus. I love watching your garden grow. Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. What beautiful pictures. Congratulations on your cost analysis. I don't ever want to contemplate mine because the hardscape put us so into the hole that it will be years of kale before we see green! But you're still inspiring.

  33. Now THAT is one impressive harvest! Great job. And I'm sure your kitchen is a whirlwind right now!

  34. Everything is looking so wonderful! I'm a little jealous of your chili peppers. Between me and the weird weather we had this spring and early summer, most of my pepper plants died off. Still, if there's anything gardening has taught me (other than stake everything), it's that there's always next year.

  35. Granny, I've had my share of those at my last garden. Usually about a third of my carrots were ugly and forked or just plain stubby. So far I've pulled out three weird carrots. I'm really liking my new soil. Well except for all that allium rot.

    Deb, taste is everything. I love the color and look of the purple carrots, but they just can't hold a candle to mokum's sweetness. I suppose they would be good for cooking though. Usually stronger tasting carrots, even bitter ones, work really well in soups.

    Mark, I like my chard plain usually. Just boiled for a few minutes and then with a little balsamic vinegar. I do love it in quiche too. In fact I might make a quiche later this week.

    gardenvariety-hoosier, though they aren't getting much of the garlic. That is a little over how much I use for the year.

    Hanni, thanks, I love how the purple carrots look too.

    zentmrs, thanks

    Mrs Pickles, thanks so much. We would love to have you

    Mac, thanks

    Carol, thanks

    Vanessa, except for the peas it is really a summer harvest. Soon more summer things will start to come in.

    Karen Anne, They are purple haze. And sadly no. They aren't as sweet and crisp as the mokum carrots. I probably won't be growing them again. But I'll be sad about it since I love the color.I hope your other tomatoes start to ripen up for you.

    Ed, that is so sad. Carrots are such a difficult crop. From the soil, to the water, to just plain trying to get them up. What a pain.

  36. Jen, Welcome. And the size of the harvest doesn't matter. Some people have large gardens and some just a small box.

    Nikki, I love that part too. Though sometimes it is just a taunt since there is so much I can't grow up here.

    GrafixMuse, thanks. And yes I am eating very well. Though sometimes it is overwhelming.

    Stefaneener, lol I amortized my costs. The boxes will last for years, the fence will last for decades and the soil will last forever (though I didn't do anything over 30 years since I probably won't be here that long). But our intention is to live here for 20-30 years.

    Sue, thanks. The real whirlwind will be during tomato harvest season. Saucing and canning take so long.

    Dana, that is true. If it doesn't work this year, you can always try again. I do that often enough.

  37. What a yummy looking harvest! I'm very impressed. Thank you for sharing.

  38. Your harvest looks fantastic Daphne!!!!

    We're just beginning to get some harvests... lettuce, radishes, kale, and this week... peppers! But we had a cool beginning... I didn't get my garden in until the beginning of June!