Last harvest Monday, I posted my harvests for all of October. Now I’ll catch up for November. One of these days I’ll be all caught up. Right, like that’s going to happen. By the time I’m 80, I’m going to need a whole new lifetime for all the things that are still left undone. Ain’t that the truth?
But first, let me show you around my fall garden. I just finished planting the last of my raised beds in the backyard, and am quite pleased with them. I still have the community garden plot to take care of. Manana, manana.
Bed 1 has Waltham #29 broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, Bloomsdale spinach, Lacinato kale and some quite elderly Chioggia beets.
Bed 2 has broccoli that is just starting to make heads, Black Beauty eggplant that has two eggplants ready to harvest, Blue Solaise leeks, red oak leaf lettuce, Amish deer tongue lettuce, and Cascadia peas.
I’ve not grown Cascadia peas before, and can’t remember if they are snow peas, snap peas, or English peas. They’re starting to bloom, so I’d better look them up so I’ll know when to harvest them.
Bed 3 has a cherry tomato and a beefsteak tomato. I should pull them out, but maybe I'll try overwintering them to get a head start on tomatoes next summer. I also have 6 green cabbages, 6 red cabbages, and some snow peas. Parsley is growing outside the bed. I'll probably add some lettuce and radishes to this bed soon.
See all that dark compost in bed 3? That’s all homemade compost. I don’t have enough for all my beds, despite having two compost bins, so I still buy compost for beds 1 and 2. Bed 3 is closest to the compost bins, so it gets the nice homemade compost.
This red acre cabbage is my most recently planted crop.
This is supposed to be savoy cabbage, but it clearly isn't. Oh well. It's beginning to head up. After fighting off cabbage worms, I'm wondering if the night critters will eat it before it's ready to harvest. That's what happened to all of my lovely spring cabbage. The night critters got every last head.
I got this nice metal pea fence from Gardeners Supply Company. Since we're growing Mammoth snow peas next to our deck, it's better to have an attractive fence for them. This is SOOOOO much better than string netting, appearance-wise.
The hens are molting and we're getting NO eggs. Miss Hillary, the barred rock, is in front, Henrietta, our Black Australorp, is in back on the left, and Chicken Little, a Black Sex-linked hen, is in back on the right. She's nearly naked, poor thing.
The navel oranges are ripening earlier this year than usual. We should be able to start picking oranges soon. I have about 45 oranges this year on my dwarf tree, a record crop for us.
On to the actual harvest.
This Komatsuna grew from a mescun mix of Asian salad greens that went way beyond the baby green stage. No worries, Komatsuna goes beautifully into stir frys.
Ditto for this Mizuna. Wonderful in stir frys or soups.
I didn't harvest this California giant garlic in a timely fashion and it has resprouted. I really need to get to the community garden and replant the remaining cloves.
I love the taste and texture of Lacinato kale even more than Scotch Blue Curled. This harvest is the Lacinato, which went into a lentil-sausage-kale soup.
Here is the harvest for early Nov, through Nov. 13.
1 lb 8 oz Avocadoes
8 oz Limes
Subtotal Fruit 2 lbs
1.5 oz Beans, Green, Blue Lake Pole
1 lb 4 oz Beets, Chioggia
1 lb Chard
10 oz Cucumber (last of crop)
1 oz Garlic, California Giant
2.5 oz. Herbs (parsley and dill seed)
1 oz Green Onion
6 oz Kale, Lacinato
1.5 oz Lettuce, Red Oak Leaf and Black Seeded Simpson
0.5 oz Peas, Snow (first of crop)
Subtotal Vegetables 3 lbs 11 oz
TOTAL PRODUCE 5 lbs 11 oz Plus ZERO Eggs
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