Harvest Monday - November 7, 2016
Since I missed last Harvest Monday - with Halloween it was just so busy and I didn't really harvest that much aside from the carrots - this time round there are 2 weeks worth of harvests. Well, actually, a few of the "harvests" were from a few months ago and I only now got around to cleaning them up and adding them to the tally.
First up in these "old" harvests was the garlic, which I had to get in the ground last week:
The onions, unfortunately didn't do nearly as well. All of those were also cleaned up and tallied and there was a big drop from last year, both in terms of quantity and size:
Copras...not to be confused with shallots (yes, some are that small)
After sorting through them, I picked the largest ones for planting stock - those were planted this past weekend - and the rest were bagged for storage:
Now on to some "real" harvests. First up is the Swiss chard, which was not taking kindly to our recent freezes:
Variety of chard: Peppermint, Fordhook Giant & Bright Lights
The carrot bed was cleared - and whoa, it was a banner carrot year.
Napoli & a few more Starburst carrots
Also in the carrot bed was a first in the garden - parsnips. I only ended up with 3 (which is actually one more than I originally thought) as I had dismal germination. I'm thinking this was mostly my fault as I didn't keep up with the daily watering over the month they take to come up.
Harris Model Parnsips
The only harvestable veg left on the hilltop now are the bunching onions and leeks. I have 4 varieties of leeks but the labels had all but faded (a problem this year when I switched markers to Sharpie "Extremes" which should stand for extreme fading), so I'm using a best guess approach when it comes to identifying them. None of them did particularly badly or well with each variety having a few large, medium and small leeks.
Autumn Giant leeks & Arcadia broccoli
The broccoli is still producing and I harvested a huge side shoot which rivaled my main heads - that guy on the left in the basket weighed in at 246 grams (8.7 oz)! I think the plants may be nearing the end of their production but there is still one more big head, similar to this one, to be harvested.
A few more raspberries were to be had but I think this is the official end of the season for them:
And lastly, I cleared the kale bed and harvested a tiny bit of Starbor kale in the process (which I forgot to get a photo of). Every other variety had a bad case of powdery mildew so off to the compost they went. As a side note - I soaked the kale (Starbor is VERY ruffly) and, even though I didn't see any cabbage worm damage on any of the kale, there were 5 of the buggers hiding in there. You would think that the couple of hard freezes we had would have gotten them.
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli - 372 grams (0.82 lbs)
Carrots - 20,084 grams (44.28 lbs)
Garlic - 6,324 grams (13.94 lbs)
Kale - 146 grams (0.32 lbs)
Leeks - 284 grams (0.63 lbs)
Onions - 10,721 grams (23.63 lbs)
Parsnips - 776 grams (1.71 lbs)
Shallots - 1,544 grams (3.40 lbs)
Swiss Chard - 376 grams (0.83 lbs)
Raspberries - 50 grams (0.11 lbs)
Total for Week – 40,677 (89.68 lbs)
Total to Date – 307.82 kg (678.62 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.