Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Book Giveaway Reminder and Harvest Numbers

You can still enter to win the book giveaway until midnight tonight (October 13)! To see the list of books (19 of them!) and the different ways you can enter please check out this post from last week.

Good luck!


Well, we’re finally far enough into the autumn chill that I can get a real handle on what the gardens gave us this year. There are three raised beds that are approximately 8X8, and a tear-shaped potager that’s about 6X30. If my math is correct, that makes the total garden space about 370 square feet. Good heavens, that sounds like a lot. Sure doesn’t seem to take up that much room! As it was, I planted successively when possible. For example, once the spinach and lettuce had bolted – well into July – the yellow wax beans went into that area.

Here are my estimates in no particular order, from roughly keeping track of the harvest which began in May with the spinach and arugula.

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Artichokes – about 15 medium from 4 plants – left 2 on hoping they’d bloom but am still waiting

Asparagus – none, as this was the first year it went in so it was just getting established – the ferns are lovely, though

Strawberries – a few handfuls for breakfast here and there as the plants became established in the perennial bed

Leeks – 15, still unharvested, tucked in with asparagus – they are a French variety that’s supposed to turn blue-purple after the first frost

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Red Cabbage – 4 ginormous heads – 2 still unharvested and 1 foisted on a friend

Green Cabbage – also 4 ginormous heads, harvested in June

Potatoes, all kinds – 18+ pounds – should have been more but the soil had too much clay in it – still have one volunteer plant to dig up, though

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Broccoli – don’t know the overall harvest, but from 4 plants we’ve eaten broccoli every week since June and added about 1.5 pounds, blanched, to the freezer

Chard (Bright Lights) – 4 square feet + 3 huge volunteers have produced literally armloads of the stuff and it’s still going strong – at least twenty pounds so far, much of it blanched, chopped and frozen


Cauliflower – 2 heads

Cucumbers – 2 plants gave plenty for salads and cool yogurt soup over about three months – but not enough to really pickle – took the plants out two months ago when the powdery mildew started in on them

Pumpkins – 1 large and 1 small – took the 1 plant out in early August due to powdery mildew – the milk solution I used on the leaves probably would have worked better if I’d not watered nightly with a sprinkler rather than a drip hose, but I was too lazy to change it – my bad

Spaghetti Squash – 7 off one plant before I dug it up re: the same powdery mildew problem

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Beans (green, purple, yellow wax and lima) – about thirty pounds so far, and there’s at least a pound waiting to be picked right now – many of the limas might not mature before frost hits (probably next week) – we’ve eaten beans every few days since early July, given away bags of them, made 6 pints of dilly beans and stacked five half-gallon bags of them in the freezer

Zucchini – about 10 small ones and 2 large – the 1 plant went in late and is tucked behind some tomatoes, so well under control

Green Peppers – 45 or so good-sized ones. Half are in the freezer

Tomatoes (Celebrity, Early Girl, First Lady, Beefsteak, Purple Cherokee, Mystery Yellow Heirloom) – the exact amount is iffy – 9 plants produced enough for 38 pints of canned sauce, juice, and stewed tomatoes, 10 large sheets of roasted tomatoes (now frozen), four pints of pizza sauce (frozen), fresh ones eaten almost daily since July, plus we’ve supplied two neighbors with tomatoes for a couple of months – yesterday I stripped what was left off the plants and got about a bushel (that’s 8 dry gallons!) of green-and-just-turning fruit -- yow


Arugula – more than we could eat – my guess is that in its short season about 3 square feet provided at least 1 bushel, if not more

Cilantro – enough to freeze 5 sandwich bags full (here’s the post on how to freeze it)

Various Herbs – enough to cook with – need to dig up the rosemary, sage, chives, parsley and thyme to bring inside for the winter, and once I puree the basil and pack it into ice cube trays to freeze there should be enough to last the winter

Beets – other than the two crazy-big volunteers (a pound apiece!) there are twenty-seven medium beets still in the ground

Purple Carrots – about 45 of varying sizes – at least 15 are still in the ground

Red onions – about 5 pounds

Yellow onions – also about 5 pounds

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Scallions – only 15 or so before the onion bulbs started swelling and I left them to mature – but there were at least 2 dozen onion scapes from the red onions that were a nice substitute

Spinach – about 3 pounds

Lettuce (Iceberg, Bibb, Red Sails) – 7 plants kept us supplied for salad and wilted lettuce until they bolted completely in July

Rhubarb – NONE – the 1 plant up and died – will try again next year

Shallots – does it count if you eat the ones you were going to plant? No? Never mind…

Horseradish – NONE – I never got around to planting it

Corn – NONE for us, 18 unripe ears for the raccoons


I’ll be announcing the winner of the book giveaway on Friday!


  1. Now that is what I call a harvest!!!
    Well done.

  2. Nice! My garden just didn't get enough warm weather this Summer. Will try again next Spring.