Harvest Monday - October 17, 2016
The big addition to the tally this week was the squash. I had actually harvested them the week before but didn't have time to clean them up and include them in last Monday's tally.
Coming in first place was, not surprisingly, the butternut squash - 12 squash were harvested from 2 plants:
I think this is almost twice as much as I harvested last year so I am more than thrilled!
About half of the squash were not fully ripe, but they had all started to change colour, indicating that they had reached their full size. I placed all of the unripe squash on a sofa table that I have in front of a south facing window in the family room. They will stay there for a few weeks until they are fully ripe. Last year I used the same method of ripening up the butternuts and it worked out really well.
Squash ripening station
I also harvested a few other varieties of winter squash (all from the straw bales). None of these were overly successful in that I harvested 1 or 2 squash from each (and zero from at least one variety) and all of them were not ripe either:
Miben squash - these are huge!
I've placed a large butternut next to them to provide perspective.
|Thai Rai Kaw Tok (bottom left) & Jing Orange|
There was one squash that I harvested only yesterday as it was hiding underneath a bunch of leaves. I have NO idea what it is as it doesn't look like any of the ones that I grew (based on the seed packet & online photos, anyhow):
Sort of looks like the Jing Orange, but it's a strange shape.
Although I'm not concerned about the butternut squash ripening, when it comes to the other varieties I'm not as confident since they are all new to me varieties. I've included them in the tally, but if some end up not being edible, I'll adjust my numbers accordingly at that time.
I finally harvested the 4 pots with sweet potatoes:
One sweet potato tub before being tipped
I kept the harvest from the green tubs and black grow bags separate and there was quite a difference between the two:
Harvest from green tubs (left) and black grow bags (right)
I was also disappointed at the volunteer potatoes I harvested:
Harvest from volunteer potatoes
The late sown dry beans - Arikara and Calypso - were harvested. None of the pods are dry yet but they did appear to be fully mature and the plants were definitely on the decline. The pods are now drying out on newspaper in the basement.
|Arikara (left) & Calypso (right)|
Tomatoes and eggplant
I also cleared out the pepper bed. If there were only one or two full sized peppers on the plant, I harvested them, even if they were still green (we don't mind green peppers, especially in cooked preparations). There were, however, several plants that had a lot of peppers that were just starting to ripen up. For those, I decided to try something a bit different - pull the plants up, roots and all, and hang them upside down in the garage. I do see some of the peppers colouring up, but I'll have a better idea as to whether or not this will work by the end of the week.
The broccoli is still pumping out the side shoots:
I also harvested about half of the Starburst Mix and many of these were the complete opposite of the Amsterdam in that they were monsters:
|Starburst Blend - some were 2" across the top!|
Not too big, not too small....just right :)
I've finally hit the 500 lb. mark (what is it about that number that's so appealing in terms of a goal?) and it looks like I may even make it to 600 lbs. as there are still over half a bed of carrots to harvest as well as the garlic & onions to tally.
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli - 306 grams (0.67 lbs)
Carrots - 2,780 grams (6.13 lbs)
Eggplant - 596 grams (1.31 lbs)
Sweet Peppers - 346 grams (0.76 lbs)
Hot Peppers - 540 grams (1.19 lbs)
Potatoes - 710 grams (1.57 lbs)
Winter Squash - 26,067 grams (57.47 lbs)
Sweet Potatoes - 2,611 grams (5.76 lbs)
Tomatoes - 2,172 grams (4.79 lbs)
Raspberries - 28 grams (0.06 lbs)
Total for Week – 36,156 grams (79.71 lbs)
Total to Date – 257.67 kg (568.06 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.