Monday, October 4, 2010

Harvest Monday Oct 4, 2010

We've been getting lots of rain and wind over the past week.  As a result, I still haven't been able to harvest the last bed of potatoes.  We've been getting plenty of other harvests though.

The tomatoes just keep on coming.  Although, the plants themselves are looking awful.  Most of them are fully diseased and looking awful, but they're still pumping out plenty of tomatoes.  If we get a break in the weather this week, I intend to pull them out.  I got a load of fresh cow manure yesterday, so I can put the garden to bed now. 

While I was looking at the tomatoes with a neighbor, I decided to take a closer look at the carrots that I had planted in between the rows.  They looked far better than I had anticipated.  The variety is a shorter type, so many of them are a decent size.  I'm not a fan of carrots, but my family had them for dinner last night and said they were incredibly sweet.

The broccoli continues to do well also.  In addition to the head pictured, there was also a meal of side shoots that I didn't get a picture of.

Head on over to Daphne's Dandelions to see what else is being harvested this week.


farmwifetwo said...

I have never managed to store carrots except frozen. I've tried keeping them in sand, in newspaper, in the fridge, in plastic etc. So I'm going to simply cover mine with straw when I cover the strawberries and leave them in the ground, taking out what I want, when I want. We eat them raw or in carrot bread, rarely cooked.

kitsapFG said...

The tomato and broccoli are picture perfect. The broccoli particularly looks nice. I have some heads of broccoli on the fall crop ready for harvesting now too. I need to begin harvesting them this week.

Robin said...

I love your picture of the canned goods! Your broccoli look wonderful! I didn't get around to planting any this fall.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to have tomatoes left, but they've been gone some time now. I'm glad someone is still getting them.

Mary said...

Nice tomato crop. Fresh carrots are so much better than store bought, especially eaten raw. My kids snack on them, like they're candy.


♥ Pacy said...

I got the Book you sent me. A Nation of Farmers! Thank you again and again.

Barbie said...

My kids love caroots and eat them straight out of the garden, even when they are bitter. Still to grow a good set of them! Looks likeyou did very well.

thyme2garden said...

What a neat header picture with all your canned goods! Your harvest looks great, especially those carrots! How long did they take to reach that size from when you sowed the seeds?

The Mom said...

Farmwifetwo, the plan is to bring in the spring carrots and eat them fresh. The fall carrots will stay in the ground under a hoop house.

Laura, I love the picture too. I'm just so happy to finally have some broccoli.

Robin, thanks, I love the look of the jars too.

Tempusflits, come on over and take as many tomatoes as you like!

Mary, the carrots were so sweet that my daughter said they tasted like they were candied.

Pacy, I'm so glad! Enjoy it!

Barbie, this is my first year with a measurable crop of carrots. They have been my nemesis up until this year.

Thyme, thanks so much! These carrots were planted in May between the tomatoes. I'm pretty sure they took longer due to the lack of sunlight.

Thomas said...

I wasn't a big fan of carrots either until I started growing my own. Next year, I think I'll grow all shorter types well since our soil is so heavy.

Daphne said...

I've always been a carrot fan. I love them so much and especially the fall carrots. They are so sweet. I hope to have lots next year.

The Mom said...

Thomas, I'll have to try them with the next harvest.

Daphne, this is the first year I've gotten much of a carrot harvest. I'll try them soon.

Leigh said...

I loved the pictures of your fall garden. And your harvest is something to be proud of. That broccoli looks great! I have a second round of tomatoes coming on, but I'm not entirely certain they'll have a chance to ripen before first frost.