My harvest poundage is climbing! I should be able to beat my total of 224 lbs from last year, but I won’t hit my goal of 300 lbs produce. Not this year at least.
October turned out to be my most productive month this year. Because the tomato and summer squash harvests were low, the bulk of my harvest this year came in the form of apples, winter squash, and watermelon. I’m particularly pleased by the watermelon, because it is the first time I’ve succeeded in growing some. My new community garden plot was good for something at least. The apples were mostly from my dwarf Granny Smith tree at home. I forgot to weigh the contribution separately of the Gala and Fuji apple trees, but it was tiny.
I have been taking care of a friend’s community garden plot while she has been on vacation. Some of her green beans had become quite elderly. They weren’t heirloom green beans as far as we know, so there was no sense in letting them dry to save beans for planting for next year. I picked them as overgrown but not dry green beans, shelled the beans, and cooked them for about 20 minutes. The white beans turned green, much to my surprise. I sauteed shallots, celery, and bell peppers in olive oil, added the beans, seasoned the dish and served it over brown rice. Very healthy, quite tasty.
For October, my harvest was :
9 lbs 10 oz Apples (mostly Granny Smith–I forgot to weigh them by variety, but there were some Fuji and Gala in there too)
11 oz Lemons (Eureka and Meyer)
8 oz Limes
Subtotal Fruit 10 lbs 13 oz
31 oz Beans, Green
4 oz Beans, Cherokee Trail of Tears, dry
24 oz Beets
34 oz Bell Peppers
9 oz Bok Choy
75 oz Carrots, Kyoto Red
33 oz Chard
46 oz Eggplant
14 oz Garlic
3 oz Herbs
3 0z Kale
15 oz Lettuce
4 oz Mizuna (a Japanese mustard green)
25 oz Onions
22 oz Summer Squash
27 oz Winter Squash
25 oz Tomatoes
209 oz Watermelon
SUBTOTAL Vegetables 603 oz
TOTAL PRODUCE 37.7 lbs plus 16 eggs
Last year my October harvest was 17 lbs, so I’m pretty pleased. To see what others are harvesting, visit Daphne’s Dandelions.
Your moon and star watermelon looks delicious, bet it is very sweet. We plant this variety at The Heritage Vegetable garden but this year we had zero harvest, the woodchuck got to them before we did.
Living in zone 10, you have a long growing season, how lucky.
Norma, thanks for stopping by. Sorry the critter got all of your watermelon. We are plagued with night critters at home, but not so much at the community garden. The biggest problem there is rabbits and rats, but they left the watermelon alone.
I tried to grow watermelon last year with no success – it didn’t get hot enough and the plants got swamped by the pumpkins but I’m trying again this year – hopefully with results like yours! Very nice work.
Liz, good luck with your watermelon. We were “lucky” to have a hot spell late in the season. I think that helped my melons. They’re growing about a mile from the Pacific Ocean,often very foggy at the community garden.