Mary's Veggie Garden

December 16, 2013

2013 Harvest Summary

Filed under: Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 10:09 am
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What a difference a week and a Nor’easter makes. Readers saw these leeks last week. My next batch of soup will require a snow shovel to get the ingredients.

Looking across the leeks to the mulch pile. We got about 8" of snow.

Looking across the leeks to the mulch pile. We got about 8″ of snow.

Here are the harvest totals for the year. Anything else I harvest will not be weighed. And yes, there will be more harvests: I marked the corners of the parsnip and beet beds with poles so I can still find them.

Harvest
Type Variety 2013 Total Comments Comments
bean Fava, Windsor 1.6
bean Jacobs Cattle, bush, dry 2.3
bean Northeaster 17.22  1 4-pole teepe
bean Rattlesnake, pole, CMB resistant 28.23  2 4-pole teepees
bean Soy, Tohya 15.62  4’x14′ bed
beets Cylindra resists Cercospora 0.47
beets Red Ace F1, Lutz, Golden 16.2
broccoli Bay Meadows F1 9.1  9 plants
cabbage Early Jersey Wakefield 1.47
cabbage Michili Green Rocket 4.65
cabbage Pixie 4.83  3 plants
cabbage Rubicon F1 3.35
cabbage Wheelers Imperial 2.64
cabbage Yukina Savoy – open, mild mustard 0.1
carrot Bolero F1. resists Cercospora & Alternaria blights, storage variety 80.13  3 rows in bed 2’x18′
carrot Sugar Snax 9.5  3 rows in bed 18″x5′
carrot Yaya , early variety 92.66  3 rows in bed 18″x17′
celeriac Brilliant 6.31
chard Neon Glow & 5 color Silverbeet , Fordhook Giant 6.25
corn Incredible F1 39.13
cucumber Summer Dance F1 26.74
cucumber Salt & Pepper 5.19
Kale Lactinato 1.1  more harvested but not weighed
Kale Winterbor 0.75  ditto
kohlrabi Kolibri Hyb 2.82
kohlrabi Kossack 2.63
lettuce Cimmaron 7.98
lettuce Pinetree lettuce mix 6
Melon Jenny Lind 3.7
onion Cabernet F1 red, 4-6 mo. storage 28.38
onion Copra 23.53
onion Evergreen Bunching Heshiko 0  not weighed
onion Yellow Stutgarter for early harvest 5.73
onion Red Marble 0.14
Parsnip Hollow Crown 0.16
peas Cascadia 5.61
peas Green Arrow 0.6
peas Little Marvel 5.4
peas Thomas Laxton 0.88
peas Oregon Sugar Pod II 4.5
peas Sugar Snap 8.53
pepper Early Jalapeno 0.42  VF: 1; Home:1 plant
pepper Highlander F1 mildly hot 6.12  Home: 4 plants
pepper Naples tolerance to BLS 1,2,3,7,8 16.17  VF: 3 plants,
pepper Snapper tolerance to Phytopthera 8.87  Home: 3 plants
pepper Vanguard tolerance to BLS 1,2,3,4,5, Phytopthera 17.62  VF: 3 plants, did great
potato Blue, unknown variety 3.75
Potato Fingerling from Terry, great flavor 3.98
Potato Kennebec excellent storage, resists LB 8.6
Potato Red Thumb fingerling,late, roast 4.74
Potato Russet Burbank best storage 10.65
Potato Yukon Gold great flavor, medium storage 9.19
radish Cherry Belle 0.61
radish Poloneza 0.6
radish Watermelon 2.9
rhubarb unknown variety 16
shallot Prisma 3.44
Spinach Tyee 0.4  dry spring & fall
squash Early Butternut 29.88
squash Payroll tolerant to PM 1.01  NOT tolerant to PM
squash Butternut Metro PMR 56.04  yes is PM resistant
squash Tetsukabuto F1 69.96
squash Waltham butternut 29.51
squash Zephyr F1 9.66  Home: 2 plants
sweet potato Frazier White 9.89
sweet potato Georgia Jets 23.1
sweet potato Korean Purple 13.91
sweet potato Lace Leaf 11.56
sweet potato Purple 31.27
tomato Defiant PHR F1 a large determinate 19.57  2 plants @ home
tomato Jasper F1indet 5.42
tomato Mountain Magic, resistant to early & late blights 16.5  1 plant at home
tomato Rutgers indet 8.06  VF: 1 plants
tomato Sungold indet 57.95  VF: 5 plants
tomato Mariana det 26.99 Home: 4 plants
tomato Opalka Indet 22.1  VF: 1 plant
turnip Manchester Market 1.12
Watermelon Faerie Hybrid 5.49
Watermelon Moon & Stars 67.05  4 plants
Greens mixed 0.33
Tomato Sungold at home 5.45  Home: 1 plant
Tomato Better Boy,VFN, Indet. 1 # fruit, classic taste 25.54  VF: 1 plant
Tomato Mountain Fresh, VFFN, Det, 8-16 oz, tolerates cool & wet 5.41  VF: 1 plant
Tomato Fourth of July, Indet, 4oz. 4.39  VF: 1 plant
Tomato Jet Setter, Indet, VFFNTA, 8oz 8.57  VF: 1 plant
Tomato Health Kick xplanted with fruit & buds 5.79  VF: 1 plant
Tomato Health Kick xplanted without fruit 19.97  VF: 1 plant
Tomato mystery cherry 3.94  Home: 1 plant
Herbs Parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme and basil  not weighed
 Grand total 1189.95

Notes:

  • Location matters. My home garden is in part-shade. My community plots at Vassar Farm (VF) get full sun. I grow tomatoes and peppers in both locations and the effect is significant.
  • Peppers: for several years peppers at Vassar Farm have suffered from Bacterial Leaf Spot. Harvest decreased each year and in 2012 was about a quarter of normal. This year I tried resistant varieties and both did very well. At home, in 2011 & 2012 pepper plants died with sudden total wilt and lesions around the stem. In 2012 it killed all my plants. My tentative diagnosis was Phytopthera so this year I planted Snapper, a resistant variety, and Highlander, which had lasted longest in 2012. Both survived and did as well as could be expected in the shade at home. BTW I always practice crop rotation but sometimes more is needed.
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December 9, 2013

December Garden

Filed under: Kale,Kohlrabi,Leeks,Parsnips,Spinach,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:50 am
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I went out to mulch before the temperatures dropped into the deep freeze and discovered I should harvest first. Here’s my garden at home on Dec. 4, before harvest and mulching.

Spinach and kale.

Spinach and kale.

I cheated with the spinach: bought a 4-pack of transplants because I wanted the experience of transplanting spinach, and because I hadn’t gotten around to sowing my seed yet. The pack was crowded with plants. I was very careful separating them, but still managed to destroy the roots of half-a-dozen plants. You see the rest here. They grew but not vigorously. I’ve harvested leaves several times to add to salads.

I planted the kale last spring. It is quite ragged because of a massive caterpillar infestation in the fall. I should have ID’ed them when I found them.They were definitely not imported cabbage worms.

Leeks and bunching onions.

Leeks and bunching onions.

In the foreground we see a few bunching onions and, in the middle, a lot of leeks. The white post holds a bird house (the upside-down pot is a squirrel guard.) The parsnips are next to the post. I was standing inches from that post, adding mulch to the parsnips, when a bird flew out of the bird house. The house sparrows are using the bird house to stay cozy in the cold.

Parsnips, beets, and parsley

Parsnips, beets, and parsley

The parsnips are at the top and parsley at the bottom. The beets, in the middle, are tiny and invisible under the mulch. The red leaves are self-sown mustard plants.

A tiny salad: the last lettuce, spinach, 2 bunching onions, a leek, watermelon radishes,, sorrel & a kale leaf.

A tiny salad: the last lettuce, spinach, 2 bunching onions, a leek, watermelon radishes, parsley, sorrel & a kale leaf.

The watermelon radishes grown at home are a quarter the size of those from my community garden plot. The difference is sun, lots of sun.

Heartier fare: parsnips and Lutz beets

Heartier fare: parsnips and Lutz beets

Just before Thanksgiving, I closed down my garden in the community plots. The last harvest included five pounds of celeriac and this weird kohlrabi.

Celleriac

Celleriac

Siamese twin kohlrabi.

Siamese twin kohlrabi.

The variety is Early Vienna. In all my years of growing kohlrabi, this is the first time I’ve seen one of these.

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