We are almost at the end of October and, bit by bit, the garden is being cleared out. There are now only a few beds left from which to harvest: Swiss chard/lettuce; kale; broccoli; carrots/parsnips; bunching onions.
The Swiss chard will likely be pulled soon as it's barely growing in the cool fall weather.
Chard & lettuce bed
The kale is not growing very much at this stage either, although I'm sure it's appreciating the chillier weather.
I have a good quantity of greens in the freezer, so I've decided to harvest the rest of the kale as needed, to use fresh.
The only variety left in the broccoli bed is Arcadia. All of the netting was taking off the brassica beds this past weekend as I've not seen any cabbage whites since the temps have dipped.
Arcadia broccoli plants
Once again, Arcadia is enjoying the fall weather and rewarding me with plenty of side shoots. The photo above was taken after harvesting. Here's a look at them before harvesting:
There are still quite a few shoots left on the plants, including a couple of large ones, to harvest...we will not be short of broccoli this coming winter, that's for sure!
Another yummy harvest were the raspberries - this past week I had my largest picking ever:
Heritage & Fall Gold raspberries
Last week saw the last of the tomatoes and peppers. I had been picking the tomatoes every few days, as soon as I saw them starting to ripen on the plant. Considering we have had about 3 frosts in the past couple of weeks, it's amazing they've lasted this long:
2nd last tomato picking
This worked ok for the smaller Lemon Drop, where quite a few of the peppers ripened on the plant, but I found that larger peppers started to dry up - much like they usually do when I try to ripen them indoors. As soon as I realized this, I decided to pick all of the larger sweet peppers:
Odessa & Jimmy Nardello
The Lemon Drops were picked about a week later when they too started to show signs of drying out a bit. I was able to harvest 44 peppers from the plant, all of which were green when I pulled the plant 2 weeks ago:
Last of the tomatoes & Lemon Drop peppers
Lastly, all of the Starburst carrots were harvested:
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli – 674 grams (1.49 lbs)
Carrots – 4,822 grams (10.63 lbs)
Onions – 256 grams (0.56 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 978 grams (2.16 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 152 grams (0.34 lbs)
Tomatoes – 2,482 grams (5.47 lbs)
Raspberries – 110 grams (0.24 lbs)
Total for Week – 9,474 grams (20.89 lbs)
Total to Date – 267.15 kg (588.94 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.