Monday, October 25, 2010

Harvest Monday: October 24, 2010

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

I had a few days off from work last week allowing me to putter around the garden and accomplish most of the garden cleanup. Each morning we woke to a light frost blanketing the ground and a chill in the air.

The garden is almost empty now, but there were a few small harvests this week:

I was thrilled to see the carrots have sized up quite nicely:

The tips of the carrots are a bit squiggly from penetrating through the raised garden soil into the native soil beneath. Most are around 8- to 10-inches long. I have never had much success at growing carrots until now.

Some of these carrots were eaten fresh, but most were used in the first beef stew of the season. The beef stew also included potatoes, garlic, onions, celery, and herbs from the garden.

Speaking of herbs, I also harvested a bunch of Thyme to dry:

The tomatoes that were harvested earlier this month continue to ripen a little at a time.

I sort through them each week to pull out fruit that shows signs of rotting and the ones turning red to finish ripening on the counter. Once ripe, they are washed and frozen for later use. Last week, I had three gallon sized freezer bags full, this week (thankfully) there was only one. The remaining green tomatoes have been reduced to fit into one paper box.

Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.


  1. Your carrots are really nice. I failed to water my fall carrot seeds during our dry, I have none :( The tomatoes have been amazing this year. I still have two viable plants left in the garden. I've got to get my rear in gear and pick some more herbs to dry for the winter, before it's too late!!

  2. Your carrots look great. I still have mine in the ground and am wondering how long I can wait to pull them.

  3. What a lovely blog you have got! I am so pleased to have found Daphne's blog and Harvest Monday-theme. It makes me find wonderful blogs that I never would have found otherwise:)
    Have a great week,
    Charlotta in Sweden
    Cesar's Garden

  4. Love that thyme! It's one of my favorite herbs. The carrots look lovely too, I'm sad to say ours are all gone.

  5. The carrots are gorgeous and it looks like using Granny's seed mat process produced really good results for you. I may just have to break down and give that a whirl this coming year. Good work with the Thyme and Tomatoes too! Our tomatoes are completely done now and there is no more ripening off the vine to enjoy.

  6. Beautiful carrots! They are so sweet and tasty fresh from the garden. I didn't plant any this fall, the rototilling rodents made it impossible. Thyme is one of my favorite herbs. I'm lucky that it grows year round and naturalizes all over the garden, but it's not weedy.

  7. You did well on those carrots. I bet they were a great addition to the stew!

  8. Your carrots look delicious! My carrots were a BUST this year... : (

  9. Your carrots and thyme look lovely! My carrots are still puny. Hoping our weather cooperates so I can harvest by Thanksgiving. LOL

  10. Lovely harvest and those carrots looks yummie indeed. Gorgeous Thyme too, I can almost smell it from here. / Tyra

  11. Robin: My tomato plants are long gone, but I harvested all the green tomatoes first. These are still ripening a little at a time. The carrots really surprised me.

    Emily: Most of my carrots are still in the ground as well. I am harvesting them as I need them. I am going to let them stay in the ground until just before the soil freezes.

    Madame C: Thanks!

    Villager: The thyme smells so good. I love that it dries so quickly too.

  12. The carrots look really good! How deep are your raised bed? Our soil is a bit too heavy to grow perfect looking carrots.

    I need to dry a bunch of herbs too.

  13. Nice job on the carrots, they are perfect!

  14. Those carrots look super straight and long! As a harvest of short and stubby carrots this week, I'm very envious. That thyme looks really good, too. Will thyme overwinter okay in your area? Mine survived last winter in the ground, but I have since transplanted some into pots and pulled the rest from the garden. I'll have to see if they can survive the winter outdoors in pots.

  15. I've got a big pile of green tomatoes ripening too. Mine are eating tomatoes now. All my paste either already ripened or shriveled up as they were picked ages ago.

  16. Laura: The seed mats worked wonderfully for carrots this time. I used them for spring carrots, but didn’t have much luck. I hope to be done with tomatoes soon. The freezer is quite full right now. I may have to thaw them and make another sauce as soon as I have jars available.

    Michelle: This is the first time I have tried fall carrots. I really haven’t had much luck with carrots planted in the spring. Sorry about the rodents wreaking havoc.

    EG: Thanks! Yes, the carrots were yummy in the stew.

    Toni: My spring carrots were a bust too. These really surprised me.

    Barbie: These really sized up quickly. They were quite puny at the beginnig of the month when I checked them. I bet you will have carrots soon especially with your FL weather.

  17. Those are nice looking carrots! Root crops tend to elude us a bit - we think the pH of our soil might be a bit off for them. The thyme looks great as well...

  18. CARROTS!! They look so yummy!!!

    I have never been successful with carrots. May have to give it another try with Granny's method.

  19. Tyra: Thanks!

    Thomas: The beds are about 6 inches, but I loosened the soil beneath them with a garden fork before planting the carrots. According to the neighbors, the soil beneath was part of the garden many years before I purchased the property.

    Dan: Thanks!

    Thyme2garden: Most of my carrot growing experience has resulted in only small and stubby ones too. This is the first time succeeding. Thyme does overwinter here. I will mulch it heavily before winter.

    Daphne: I didn’t grow much eating tomatoes and those were gone a while ago. Now it is just the one box of tomatoes.

    Foodgardenkitchen: I have not really succeeded with carrots until now. I am not sure if it was the soil.

    Debiclegg: Granny’s seed mats worked perfectly for me for fall carrots. I will admit that my spring carrots planted in a different bed were pitiful.

  20. I agree! Great looking carrots! I have tried growing carrots for the last three years, and they hardly even germinate. I planted carrots this summer in a 12 inch diameter flower pot, and they are doing great so far, even after the swallowtail caterpillars stripped the leaves. We'll see how they do.

    I also picked all my green tomatoes before pulling the vines out. I ended up with 32 pounds of green tomatoes, so I made green tomato relish. I did an entire post about it in my blog at:

    It was a lot of work, but the green tomato relish is so good you want to eat it by the bowlful! I posted the recipe on my blog for those who might be interested. This was the second year that I made it.

    In addition to poor carrot growth in the garden soil, I also have problems with beets, onions and even radishes. I had an analysis done the year before last, and everything was good. I'm going to have it analyzed again in the spring.

    You have a great blog! Keep it up!
    Veggie PAK