With my main focus being end of season cleanup, I have done very little actual harvesting this week. In fact, I only harvested one thing – a whopping head of tatsoi:
I have also included the last of the tomatoes in the tally:
|Mountain Magic - Last of the tomatoes|
One of the tasks I had been meaning to get to for the past few weeks was cleaning up the garlic & onions that had been sitting in the garage curing since the summer. Well, I finally got to it this past week.
The onions were harvested starting at the end of July and into August. This year I grew 4 varieties: Copra, Rossa di Milano, Ailsa Craig and Red Wing.
|Ailsa Craigs & Red Wings heading for the garage|
|Copra onions (front) & Camelot shallots (rear)|
were the first to be harvested & laid out on the rack
|Cured garlic ready to be cleaned up for storage|
The golden shallots were laid out on a frame lined with chicken wire that I placed on the floor underneath the onion rack:
Although braids of onions are really nice, they do take quite a bit longer to prepare than bagging. In the past couple of years, I have been saving net bags specifically for onion, shallot & garlic storage:
|I snip off one end when I initially open the bag|
so that I can repurpose it for my own onion and garlic storage
|These are hung from a wire shelving unit in the basement|
All of the onions, garlic and shallots are now hanging in their permanent storage space in the basement. For the onions, I secured a heavy chain to the ceiling rafters and I use 'S' hooks to hang the bags and braids along the chain.
|Onion bags & braids hanging in the basement|
(unfortunately, the basement lighting is not the best)
I do keep a stash of onions and garlic in the kitchen in a wire basket - whenever I need to replenish, I simply grab a bag or braid from the basement and empty it into the basket. They do just fine on the counter for the couple of weeks it takes to use them up.
Overall, I harvested a total of 227 onions, 67 shallots and 95 bulbs of garlic. In the coming months, I’ll be doing detailed end of season reviews with all the numbers and prior year comparisons.
My harvest totals this week were:
Chinese Greens – 408 grams (0.90 lbs)
Garlic – 3,080 grams (6.79 lbs)
Storage Onions – 26,628 (58.70 lbs)
Shallots – 2,699 grams (5.95 lbs)
Tomatoes – 746 grams (1.64 lbs)
Total for Week – 33,561 grams (73.99 lbs)
Total to Date – 198 kg (436.74 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.
Till next time…