Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Harvest

Last summer, I hemmed and hawed over whether to invest in a winter CSA share.  I was determined to light my coop and plant for fall and be (almost) self-sufficient.  Drowning in tomatoes in September, I decided there would be no lighting of the coop.  I didn't have time to figure it out.

I didn't have much time for planting either.  I half-heartedly threw potatoes in every available empty container - a bushel basket, some terra cotta pots, large plastic nursery pots, and a mound fashioned out of stakes and leftover chicken coop.

My potatoes this fall.

I threw out some lettuce and carrot seeds and invested in a couple six packs of veggies - broccoli, swiss chard, lettuce and bok choy.  I ignored the lettuce and it bolted.   The broccoli still has not "headed".  Will it?  I have no idea.  I clearly put the chard in to late as it has never really grown and 2 of the 6 seedlings have disappeared thanks to some pest or another.  But the carrots, the bok choy and the potatoes?

Oh yeah baby!  My not so hard work paid off as I hauled in this New Year's harvest (plus some additional mandarins).


And check out this last carrot that I pulled up?  Remember when I confessed that I could not grow carrots?  All that is in the past.  This supersized sucker makes me legit!  I'm a real gardener now!


Happiest New Year from me and my first time ever late December harvest!

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9 comments:

Frogdancer said...

That carrot is amazing!!

Bee Girl said...

Congrats on your harvest! Doesn't it feel amazing to harvest anything this time of year???

farmer_liz said...

wow, great carrot, I've haven't mastered carrots yet. I'd love to ask what your secret it, but from your post it sounds like there isn't one! You must have good soil though, for them to be so straight. I look forward to reading more...

Green Bean said...

@Frogdancer - I know!!! :D

@Bee Girl - It does. I've never harvested this late. I was kind of regretting it in September because I needed a break but now I'm loving it.

@Farmer_Liz - Right you are. I have no idea how it worked. I planted them in raised beds with some greens (which never came up). The soil is pretty loose in their. Oh, I was good about thinning out this time which I usually am terrible at. That and ignoring them, I have no idea.

Lori Popkewitz Alper said...

You are officially a legit gardener in my book-look at that carrot! I've tried many times to grow carrots and failed over and over again. Congrats!

Green Bean said...

Thank you, Lori! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has struggled with growing carrots in the past. :)

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Jealous.

SharleneT said...

I have a large 6' x 24' container garden that I built the very first week I moved into my home, six years ago. It has worked hard for me, spring through fall, since then and this is the first year I'm letting it rest. I've revived the soil with fertilizer and compost and plan on seeding the garden in early February because North Carolina just gets too hot, too soon.

Because the garden bed is at least 8 inches below the top edge, it seems to stay warmer inside that garden and I rarely pull my carrots and onions, until I need them. Your potato condo absolutely fascinates me and I'm going to try to build one. I was very successful, one year, just putting a bale of hay over my seed potatoes. That was fun. Come visit when you can.

Green Bean said...

Oh Sharlene, I think I might try the bale of hay/potato thing. That's really cool!

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