October 26, 2015
This week has been pretty crazy. I wouldn’t even know what happened if I didn’t look at the pictures we took! We harvested our sweet potatoes this week. We don’t have a large scale but our largest sweet potato was 2lbs 4oz.(spread out to dry after digging) (hauled in from the garden for sorting) (My 8yo planted some slips this year. These are some of her sweet potatoes.)
They are currently curing in the pantry. In early November, I will wrap them in newspaper and store them in the basement to continue to sweeten.
We ate the last of the garden beans this week. Well, the last of the fresh ones. We have some that are frozen for the winter. We continue to harvest peas and raspberries fresh from the garden.
Once the raspberries are spent, I will need to cut down the canes that bore berries and transplant the canes that popped up all over the place. I just truly don’t know where to transplant them! I don’t have anymore room in the current patch. Any suggestion on location? I am thinking the North side of the garden as a type of border but at the same time, I don’t want them to be an easy target for the many critters we deal with either.
I made thai noodle soup this week for the first time. It was like a healthy ramen noodle. Yum! We were able to use cabbage leaves, celery, and cilantro from our garden for the soup. However, I had such poor germination for my carrots this summer/fall, I had to use store-bought carrots for the soup.
I also planted the last of my seeds for the year. I am hoping this round will give us early carrots, beets, spinach, and lettuce in the spring. It is more of an experiment than anything.
I was going to cover all of the new plantings this week but we had a warm up so that will have to wait. Our cabbages are sizing up. Last year, we were able to harvest in January but it was more of a forced harvest because they were not covered properly. It will be interesting when we harvest them this winter.
All of my summer sowings for fall harvests did poorly. I will work on that next year. So, now, I am keeping all of my seedlings alive by covering and looking forward to some winter and early spring harvests. 🙂
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Looks like a fun time digging those sweet potatoes! My spring carrots did so poorly I decided to skip the fall ones. I’ve never tried planting them in winter though, it will be interesting to see how it works for you. I grow spinach that way every year.
Do you cover the spinach? I’m not sure what to do with them over the year – leave them or cover…
WOW! That’s an amazing haul of sweet potatoes!
thank you! it’s actually less than last year (i had less room in which to plant). Last year’s harvest lasted us until May. It will be interesting to see how long this haul lasts us.
Beautiful sweet potatoes! I planted 100 ft row of them… Long story short, I couldn’t get out to the farm to care for them and the weeds took over. I went to dig them yesterday but came up with only a few small ones 😦 Oh well, hopefully next year will be better.
Have you watched the Back to Eden Film? It’s free! I pulled two weeds out of the sweet potato patch the whole time they grew.
Those are a lot of sweet potatoes! My first attempt at growing them was pretty dismal, but I’m hoping to get “a few more” next year.
Wonderful sweet potato harvest! Cute kids too 🙂 I love that your daughter was able to harvest some of her own sweet potatoes that she planted from slips.