We had our first frost on Saturday, a full 2 weeks past our first frost date of October 3rd. We knew it was coming so I had a couple of days to prepare – I was a busy bee on Thursday and Friday as I harvested, pulled and covered.
A first frost means that this Harvest Monday post is all about lasts…
The last of the summer squash and eggplants:
|Sure Thing & Romanesco summer squash; Ping Tung & Slim Jim eggplant|
The last of the peppers:
|Hungarian Hot Wax & Jimmy Nardellos|
|Stocky Red Roasters, Tam Jalapeno, Hungarian Hot Wax & Anaheims on the right|
You can see another big picking of Anaheims in the bottom photo - I'm really loving this variety & the fact that they are supposed to be picked while still green is a real bonus for us short season gardeners.
The last of the broccoli….maybe:
|Broccoli plants before final harvest|
The first and last of the cilantro:
Another big herb harvest was the parsley:
|Final harvest of parsley|
The last of the winter squash:
|Last of the butternut squash|
Another first and last - sweet potatoes:
|A first try at sweet potatoes|
Also harvested but not photographed were just under 3 lbs of Mountain Magic tomatoes, but the jury is still out as to whether or not they will ripen properly. So far, only 5 of them have ripened and these were included in the tally. I’m not using any green tomatoes this year – I did prepare a green tomato type salsa last year, but didn’t really like it all that much. For the small quantity of green tomatoes I have this time round, I didn’t think it was worth trying another salsa recipe or coming up with an alternative use for them.
So what’s left in the garden that’s harvestable? Carrots, chard, lettuce, Chinese greens (komatsuna, joi choi, tatsoi, mizuna), bunching onions, leeks, salad turnips, herbs (sage/thyme/mint) and kohlrabi (which is still tiny, so I doubt it will amount to anything at this stage).
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli – 1,144 grams (2.52 lbs)
Eggplant – 304 grams (0.67 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 104 grams (0.23 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 554 grams (1.22 lbs)
Summer Squash – 310 grams (0.68 lbs)
Winter Squash – 3,386 grams (7.46 lbs)
Sweet Potatoes – 748 grams (1.65 lbs)
Tomatoes – 110 gram (0.24 lbs)
Herbs – 1,388 grams (3.06 lbs)
Total for Week – 8,048 grams (17.74 lbs)
Total to Date – 165 kg (362.75 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…