Welcome to another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm in [frigid] New Hampshire, USA. Harvest Monday is graciously hosted by Daphne's Dandelions. When you've seen enough here, head back over to see all the wonderful posts from gardeners all around the world.
On Friday night the temperature dropped to 47 degrees F. (8.33 C.). Is it any wonder then that I don't have a lot to show you?
On Tuesday we picked 7.9 pounds (~3.6 kg.) of tomatoes, a "Rosita" eggplant, a butternut squash whose plant died around it, and more "Honey Select" corn, the last of it unfortunately.
On Wednesday, filet beans, Diva cucumbers, a few raspberries, another orphan butternut, and our 2nd artichoke for us to fight over.
On Thursday, The Kitchen Goddess picked the majority of the "Kenearly Yellow-Eye" and "Midnight Black Turtle" beans from our "Survival Garden," prior to a rain. We will weigh them after they are completely dry and shelled. Here's the picking in the shell:
And here's what they look like shelled (obviously just a sampling):
By Friday, it was time to harvest all the "Kennebec" potatoes that had been curing in the ground for several weeks with their foliage removed:
This weighed 32 pounds (~14.54 kg.). Here's one of the larger ones, shown in pounds:
As I've mentioned, I've never grown potatoes before. I can't believe I've wasted all this opportunity for food production. With the potatoes we'd already harvested, the season total was 42 pounds. I planted 2 1/2 pounds of seed potatoes in two 8-foot rows. That's a return of 16.8:1. Fedco says 10:1 is average and 20:1 is exceptional. So forgive me if I say I'm proud of myself!
On the weekend, I took the last of the tomatoes except for the "Sugar Plum" grapes, which are soldiering on despite the blight. We should still get some of those to ripen. But the others were completely diseased, so I picked what I could and pulled the vines. Suffering readers rejoice! No more tomato pictures!
I also took out the last of the green beans, then I pulled all the dry bean plants too, taking what was left. Once the pods are completely dry and shelled I'll tally up the weights of this experiment.
Even cooler nights are in the forecast. The garden already looks empty and sad.
That's it for this week. Thanks for reading, and happy harvests to all--especially those blessed with longer growing seasons!