Our weather is a bit warmer than usual for this time of year. Here we are at the beginning of October and, surprisingly, there are still tomatoes, peppers, eggplant & summer squash to be harvested. Our first frost date (October 3rd) has come and gone and no sign of frost yet, although our days do usually start off on a rather damp, chilly note. Here is a screenshot of this week’s forecast from http://www.theweathernetwork.com/:
We have had quite a bit of rain and I was getting worried about the potatoes that were left in the bed. I dug them all up last week and most were just fine.
|Bintje (left); Viking (right)|
|Yukon Gold (left) & Roko (right)|
A couple of the potatoes were too chewed up to save, so these were thrown into the compost. There were also several that had minor chewing damage or were stabbed by my garden fork. The damaged parts were removed and the potatoes were then cleaned, cut up, placed into quart jars and covered with water. The jars went into the refrigerator & the potatoes should keep for
|Damaged potatoes were cleaned up & covered with water.|
|The end of tomato season is near|
The basil in the tomato beds did very well:
|Walnut basil pesto|
ready to whirl in the food processor
|White Lady Turnips|
I also harvested, blanched and froze a big basket of mizuna:
I harvested the remaining radishes in two batches, this being the first one:
|French Breakfast, Cherry Belle & Easter Egg Radishes|
A couple of Romanesco zucchini also made it into the harvest basket – this time I actually harvested them when they were a decent size:
|Sweet Mama Winter Squash|
More broccoli, of course, but the plants are slowing down.
My harvest totals this week were:
Tomatoes – 1,990 grams (4.39 lbs)
Chinese Greens – 1,114 grams (2.46 lbs)
Radishes – 174 grams (0.38 lbs)
Basil – 166 grams (0.37 lbs)
Turnips - 3,415 grams (7.53 lbs)
Turnip greens – 1,886 grams (4.16 lbs)
Potatoes – 15,994 grams (35.26 lbs)
Summer squash – 152 grams (0.34 lbs)
Winter squash – 622 grams (1.37 lbs)
Broccoli – 750 grams (1.65 lbs)
Rapini – 350 grams (0.77 lbs)
Total for the week - 26,613 grams (58.67 lbs)
Total to date - 150 kg (331 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres, where Dave is our NEW host for Harvest Monday. A big thank you to Dave for picking up the torch that Daphne has been carrying for the past 8.5 years!
Till next time...