Monday, October 11, 2010

Harvest Monday Oct 11, 2010

The potatoes are finally all in.  The russet bed was the one I was most interested in.  They're our favorites.  In all, I ended up with close to 200 lbs of potatoes.  It sounds and looks like a lot, but they'll be eaten in our house.  We love our potatoes. 

Unfortunately, so do the groundhogs who dug a hole in my potato bed.  They took bites out of around 20 pounds of potatoes that then ended up in the compost.  The stinkers built their hole by the back fence where I couldn't see them.  Toby couldn't get to them because his electric fence is inches from their hole and he would get shocked.  There isn't anything for them to eat now.  I'm sure they will disappear until next year.

The week saw the last of the tomatoes and peppers that were pulled.  I have to admit, I was so sick of tomatoes that many just got composted.  I'll probably regret that next year.  Not pictured is broccoli and a few more carrots.

All that is left now are the fall crops.  They're doing very well, so they'll be regular players from now on.

This is part of Daphne's Dandelion's Harvest Mondays.  Head on over and check it out.


kitsapFG said...

Great potato harvest! How many pounds of seed potato did you plant and how large of a growing area did you have them in?

villager said...

Nice haul of potatoes! Too bad about the groundhogs. They're bad here too. I have to trap and relocate 2 or 3 every year.

Daphne said...

I feel for you. I have a nasty groundhog too. I can only hope the fence going in will keep him out of my garden. It has wire going down a foot. I hope that is enough. Great potato harvest. My family could never eat that much. Though if we had them I'd sure try.

The Mom said...

Laura, I planted 15 lbs in 3 4x12 beds. I'm not sure if that is good or not. I'm pretty happy with it though.

Villager, the groundhogs are having a field day in my neighborhood. There are a lot of us that garden and they are fat and happy.

Daphne, I hope that keeps them out. The hole I have seems to have come from quite a distance and is pretty deep. They're resourceful little buggers.

thyme2garden said...

eek, sorry to hear about your groundhogs. We used to have a dog named Toby, so the name always makes me smile whenever I see it. :) Beautiful potatoes!

Emily said...

What a wonderful potato harvest. I had some grub damage on some of mine, but I just cut that out and used those first.

I'm freezing most of my tomatoes that are ripening these days. I figure they're remind me of summer when I pul them from the freezer in the the dark days of winter.

Angela said...

I was wondering how much land it takes to grow 200 lbs of potatoes, and I see you already answered this question. I wish I could store that many potatoes and not have them go bad on me before I get to eat them. I don't have good root cellar possibilities in my home.

Congratulations on your nice haul!

Barbie said...

Amazing potato harvests this year for you! Shoot, we can't keep 10 pounds from rotting I can't imagine 200!

The Mom said...

Thyme, we love our Toby. He came to us with that name and we love him as is.

Emily, those tomatoes will be wonderful in a few months.

Angela, we'll see how they do in my cold basement. I've never stored this many before.

Barbie, at least these haven't been sitting in a warehouse for several months before I bring them home. They should do well for a while.

Leigh said...

Your potatoes look great. My goal next year is to have a large fall potato harvest and a small summer one. The opposite of what I had going on this year!