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.

A small Moon and Stars watermelon

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.

This is almost the last of my tomato harvest. I still have a half dozen tomatoes that may ripen before Thanksgiving. But they're done setting fruit.

Lunch was a medley of sauteed beans, celery, shallots and bell peppers on brown rice.

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.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a retired medical researcher, retired professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I wrote a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent for many years. I also supervised environmental restoration projects and taught at the Orange County Conservation Corps before retiring in the summer of 2016. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks. I am also dedicated to combatting global climate change.
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4 Responses to

  1. Norma Chang says:

    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.


  2. Liz says:

    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.


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