Sunday, August 19, 2012

Harvest Monday................08/20/2012

Since "The Italian" is out of town for a few days, Sophia spent the whole weekend with me. We sure did have a busy weekend!! First, we spent all day Saturday out and about. We shopped, which I really hate. But, it had to be done. I needed some pants for work and of course Sophia needed some things too. Just like any teenager does! We had a great day and then took our neighbor out for dinner. It was the girls night out!

Sunday was a full day of gardening. Before we left for the plots, I checked the two savoy cabbage plants at the home garden I really hadn't looked at them in weeks.

The cabbage on the left is a normal size head of Savoy Cabbage.
The one on the right is the Monster Head....That baby weighed almost 7 lbs!! I really didn't think Savoy cabbage could get that big!

After the great Cabbage Harvest we set off for the plots. That place was like a jungle! Sophia was a big help. She pulled weeds, took a ton of stuff to the compost and of course took a nice nap under the umbrella! When the day was done we had a nice neat garden and a full trunk of produce!

And there was some in the back seat too!

If you ever wondered what 17+ lbs of celery looks like.....
It looks like this!!! Yes, we harvest 17.32 lbs of celery! 
There is no way we need all this celery plus the nearly 4 lbs that was harvest in July. So, Sophia took a couple of bunches and I gave 3 bunches to my mother.There's also some more celery growing in the home garden.

We harvested two nice Sugar Baby Watermelons. 
They weighed in at 15.55 lbs for the two.

We also harvested these two fine beauties.
My first time growing Butternut Squash. These guys weighed in at a little over 10 lbs.

The remaining cabbage at the plots was harvested.
One Savoy, Two each of Tet Noire and Red Acre.
These guys were on the small side.....but, I think we are good in the cabbage department for the year!

The Chinese Red Noodle Beans are really doing well!!
I harvested 4.675 lbs. of them this week alone!

There were also Eggplants, Tomatoes and Peppers harvested this week.

Not pictured are the potatoes I dug last week and didn't get around to weighing until Saturday. 
All in all it we had a great week of harvests!!

Total weighed harvests: 135.34 lbs!!

Beans:
     Dean's Purple Pole Snap - 7.85 oz.
     Chinese Red Noodle - 74.8 oz. 
     Asparagus Red Seed - 8.1 oz
Cabbage:
     Chiefton Savoy - 170.9 oz.
     Red Acre - 61.35 oz.
     Tet Noire - 64,5 oz.
Celery - 277.15 oz.
Eggplant - 42.75 oz.
Peppers:
     Hot & Spice - 15.3 oz
     Sweet - 24.7 oz
Potatoes:
     Yukon Gold - 61 oz
     Purple Viking - 92.3 oz.
     Kennebec - 18.55 oz.
     Red Pontiac - 193.25 oz.
Squash, Butternut - 162 oz.
Tomatoes - 599.75 oz
Watermelon Sugar Baby- 248.85 oz.
Zucchini - 17.6 oz.

Hop on over to Daphne's Dandelions, our host of Harvest Monday and see what's going on in gardens around the globe!!

42 comments:

  1. WOW! That's one amazing harvest. Can't believe how huge that savoy cabbage is! Wish I had all that celery so I can freeze some for winter as we use it alot in soups, stews and stir-fry.

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    1. Jenny, I was really surprised how nice the celery got since some of the celery got deformed and was harvested early. We will have plenty in the freezer for the year!

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  2. What a haul! You beat me by nearly 50 pounds this week, so it won't be long before you leave me in the dust! Your two butternuts were huge. I have two in the garden, not yet ripe, that might weigh in that heavy. You can send me some of that celery and Sophia ;-)

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    1. Granny, I doubt that I will leave you in the dust this year. I sure have been having my share of issues in the garden.

      I wouldn't mind sharing some celery.....but, I'm keeping Sophia!

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  3. Wow! Does celery freeze well? I am going to try growing it here for fall since I always seem to need some and usually forget to add it to my grocery list.

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    1. Nartaya, Yes, celery does freeze well for cooking. I cut it up into pieces the size I need for various things and just freeze it!

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  4. You had a great weekend! Love the harvests. I freeze my celery for a winter full of soups and stews. I didn't have nearly enough---but NEXT YEAR, look out!
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    1. Sue, some things do great one year and then not so great the next. That's just how gardening seems to go. Last year I was the Pepper Queen and this year they are really slow going!

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  5. I have fingers crossed for our celery but won't have anything like yours.

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    1. Sue, I really didn't think the celery was going to do well this year with the issues I had earlier with it this season. You just never know! I hope you have success with yours!

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  6. Those harvests are amazing. I once bought a 6lb cabbage. It didn't fit in the fridge except on the top shelf. Way too huge. Your 7lb one must be enormous. My celery has been very bad so far this year. I think there wasn't enough water for it where it was (it is at the far end of a bed). But now that it has been raining more, it seems happier and is finally growing. I am growing twice as much this year, but might not get the same amount as last year.

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    1. Daphne, It's a good thing "The Italian" had a nice big refrigerator when we got married! Yes, the cabbage is on the top shelf!!

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  7. That IS a monster head of cabbage! You'll be eating on that for a while, not to mention the other heads. Looks like your getting a lot of goodies from the garden.

    I've got 4 celery plants, and I am thinking that will be plenty for us. It's my first time growing it, and I didn't realize it would get that big.

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    1. Dave, I gave some of the cabbage to my mother. But, I told her she couldn't have my grand head!!

      Sometimes celery gets big and sometimes it doesn't. That's why I planted extra this year. I never expected to have this much though!

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  8. That is a LOT of food for a week and a great variety of food as well. You could eat 100% fromm your garden this week and not have to eat anything twice. Nice!

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    1. It sure is a lot of food. I just hope we get a lot more. We really mostly eat from our garden. It looks like I will be buying some onions this winter though :(

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  9. Oh what a gorgeous harvest you had this week! And a teen aged helper in the garden is awesome! Your celery is making me kick myself, because I dropped the ball with celery;never got my seedlings transplanted into bigger pots in the spring, so they choked and never even made it into the garden. That savoy cabbage is unbelievable!

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    1. Nutmeg, I think we all do that with at least one thing each year. At times it just gets too busy!

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  10. That is a huge head of cabbage. Oh if they could all be that big we would need less space for more food.

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    1. Jane, wouldn't that be great if everything we planted got huge??? Gardening would be much easier....but, maybe a little boring!!

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  11. Talk about a harvest!!! I know a person that's going to be very busy canning, freezing, dehydrating, refrigerating and eating. :-)
    Sophia is a big help and such a sweet teenager. She must truly love gardening. Can you clone her, I need help down here, lol.....

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    1. Sandy, Sophia is one great kid! I'm so lucky to have such a great honorary daughter!

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  12. My oh my. That garden is growing gangbusters. I love seeing the assortment that you grow,

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  13. Oh my goodness!! Look at the size of your savoy cabbages! My only surviving savoy (that I planted in March!) is about quarter the size of your smaller one. Congrats! and good luck processing all!

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    1. TS, That Savoy was a real surprise! The processing seems never ending right now!

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  14. I am tired just reading. CONGRATULATIONS on a super duper harvest. You are going to be sooooo busy putting all that harvest sway.

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    1. Norma, I'm definitely a busy preserving bee right now!

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  15. and you have a job now too. How do you keep up? That is a LOT of produce! Beautiful too!

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    1. Shawn Ann, I'm just barely keeping up!

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  16. Wow Robin... what a beautiful harvest this week. I'm super-jealous of your butternut squash. My crop was a fizzle this year. Wrong location and too dry. It's all a lesson.

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    1. Chili, Gardening is a never ending learning process. Sorry about your butternuts. Next year you'll probably have more then you can use. That's the way it seems to go!

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  17. What a great harvest! Those cabbage look great.

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    1. Thanks Adventures! We are very happy with the cabbage this year.

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  18. Wow! What a great harvest week. Those cabbages (big one and others) are amazing. What are you planning to do with all of them? Is that going to be the topic of your upcoming Thursday Kitchen Cupboard post?

    I like the idea of napping under an umbrella next to the garden. :D

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    1. Laura, I think Sophia had the right idea! Oh, I have a special unplanned TKC post! Wait until you see what "The Italian" did with some of the harvest when he got home!

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  19. Holy cow Robin! You're tomatoes are miraculous! Your blog picture is everything we're trying to do. We planted tons of toms. I think only a third of them are actually producing a viable amount of fruit. We'll get plenty of toms, but wow, not like yours. Great job!

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    1. Thanks Jody, the tomatoes really aren't doing as well as they should. But, what are you going to do??

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  20. What a great harvest! Love those cabbages! I don't usually grow cabbage but having tasted whey fermented sauerkraut I think I'll put in a couple of plants this year.

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  21. What a harvest. Looks like the plots are doing quite well for their first year.

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