Mary's Veggie Garden

November 12, 2012

The Last Harvest – VF

Filed under: Broccoli,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:27 am

Sunday, 11/18, we closed my garden at the Vassar Farm Community Garden Plots. We brought home a tiny harvest of vegetables.

Broccoli and garlic

The garlic was missed earlier this summer during harvest. Two bulbs were left in the ground, one with a single large clove, and the other with two smaller cloves. Each clove grows a bundle of leaves. We will eat the garlic greens but the clove is poor quality at this stage.

The broccoli is the total yield from my fall planting. The heads were so tiny I left them in the garden through a couple hard freezes. Temperatures of 23 degrees F. leaves broccoli bendy and rubbery. When I cut it open it was spongy. And there were cabbage worms. I added it to the compost bin.

The timing of my broccoli planting was very bad. I planned to start the seed 7/15 for transplanting 8/15. I neglected to record the actual dates, but they were probably within a few days of the planned dates.

Next year I should start the fall broccoli earlier so the plants are much bigger by Oct. 1 when growth slowed to a crawl. I’m hoping three weeks earlier will work. My new plan is to start  broccoli seeds for transplants 6/21 and  transplant as soon as I dig the early potatoes – 7/21 would be good but 8/1 might work.

All the fencing for a 20’x40′ garden plot.

After harvesting veggies, we harvested the fence. All the fencing for my 20’x40′ garden fits in the back of the van: deer netting, chicken wire, and an assortment of wooden posts.



  1. Do you not get the same plot next year? It seems like a lot of work to take down fencing etc if you are back at the plot the following season?

    Always nice to find the few little stragglers missed on the first round of harvesting. I am positive I have lots of potatoes out there still in the ground – missed the first big harvest.

    Comment by kitsapfg — November 12, 2012 @ 11:26 am | Reply

    • Yes, we can get the same plot and I’ve had the same two adjacent plots for 6 years. The farmer from the CSA plows the community gardens the last week of March so all the fences must be removed.

      I worry about missed potatoes – the whole county had late blight this year and missed potatoes are a reservoir of infection for next year.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 12, 2012 @ 12:18 pm | Reply

  2. I was going to ask the same question as kitasapfg, it does seem like a lot of work but I suppose you have fence building down to a fine art now.
    After plowing the plots( sounds better than double digging to me) does he add anything to the soil?

    Comment by Andrea — November 12, 2012 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

    • The only thing added to the soil is all the weeds not pulled the previous season. Of course, lots of people add amendments to their plots, often bagged manure, sometimes lime, which is not needed as the pH is already around 7. Amendments are added after plowing, as the plot boundaries are not marked until after plowing and shift slightly from year to year.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — November 12, 2012 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  3. I planted my fall broccoli too late also, going to remember to start seeds earlier.

    Comment by Norma Chang — November 12, 2012 @ 3:36 pm | Reply

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