Our Harvest Recap
October 16, 2011 § Leave a comment
Posted by Katharine
So, we’re midway through october and it’s been a while since we’ve talked about the garden. To make up for a lack of info, let’s recap on what’s happened so far!
August brought a steady flow of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, peas and beans. The weather was a bit tricky for the tomatos and the mix of extreme heat and rain caused their skins to split. This splitting made it hard to harvest and eat them in time but when we could they tasted great!
The corn was an experience. Raccoons liked to knock over stalks only to leave a half eaten cob on the ground as evidence. We also had quite a bit of corn smut, or huitlacoche. This fungus is edible and is commonly found on Mexican menus. Regrettably, we weren’t quite adventurous enough to try it out. We can tell you that the corn that survived the fungus and critters was delicious.
The herbs continued to grow beautifully and we’re still using them now.
We have lots of squash and 3 bright orange pumpkins just about ready to go. Pumpkins are ready to pick when a the stem begins to crack or when the skin is too hard to pierce with your fingernail. Squash is usually ready by the first frost. If you aren’t sure try tapping on the plant, it should feel solid but sound hollow.
The carrots have grown to a healthy size and we were able to dig up enough to make TWO delicious carrot cakes and have many still growing. They are ready to harvest when you can see the tops of them just start to pop out of the ground. Don’t worry, they wont go bad as long as they stay under the soil so take them as you need them through the fall.
Finally, we have a healthy row of leeks that are waiting for the first frost to become soup.
We had a beautiful September and a nice start to October. We’re very happy with what we’ve been able to produce this year and we hope some of you have enjoyed some harvests of your own!