November 10, 2014
The big harvest this week was sweet potatoes. We finally got our first frost (not that I’m complaining that it was two weeks later than our ‘first frost date’). I spent three days harvesting the three beds of sweet potatoes.A friend and her kids came over and finished up for me on day three — amazing what you can get done with the help of teenagers! What took me 2.5 days to do, between nursing every three hours, schooling the oldest three, and potty training the 2yo, took them all of 45 min. to finish up. 🙂This was after day one. When it was all said and done, we gave away about 1/5 of the harvest. It will be interesting to see how long it lasts. The goal is to make it until the first harvest of new potatoes. Will they make it? We will see!
On day four, when the sky let loose (perfect timing!), I sorted all of the sweet potatoes into three piles:
- use right away (major wire-worm damage)
- use next (itty bitty ones that tend to shrivel easily and ones with minor damage)
- long term storage (good size, no blemishes)
Currently, they are all in my pantry (the warmest place in the house without light) to cure. It is packed in there!
That’s about it. The carrots, beets, onions, and cabbages still have a ways to go. The broccoli is a LONG way off.
If I have time this winter, I would like to figure out how to make cheap but stable, movable hoops to protect my brassicas so I can plant as many as I would like each year. I have used electric fencing wire but that is too flimsy. The only thing I can think of is PVC but
- that means I have to buy rebar as well (expensive!)
- I will have to use more cloth than I would like (meaning I would have to buy more than I have)
I may just have to spend the time figuring up the costs and where they will come from. Seeing that the only cost for the garden since we’ve started doing BTE has been in chicken fencing, chicken feed, and seeds, it is not outrageous to spend some money on a good hoop-house system. I just hate spending money, ya know?
What are you harvesting this week? Check out what others are harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions 🙂