when you eat your veggies do you eat the uglies first?

For the most part, "the harvest" is in. Meaning things have either been eaten, or pulled for storage, or killed by frost, or demolished by deer. There are a few hardy greens out there still, but mostly we've entered the second season of farming (there are only two) -- the one where we prep and plan for the following growing year. This includes planting some hardy stuff like garlic and flower bulbs and these Haskap berry bushes!

(photo cred: My Guy)

Here's how the harvest for storage numbers have rolled in for this first season: 

  • 227 lbs of potatoes
  • 15 lbs of beets
  • 110 lbs of carrots 
  • a dozen winter squash
  • and tomatoes! So. Many. Tomatoes.
  • plus onions, grated zucchini, pesto, chimichurri, frozen packs of kale, chard, peas, beans and one pie's worth of crab apples.... We won't be hungry this winter!
Admittedly it isn't all pretty -- real vegetables, organically grown, sometimes aren't. But we eat the uglies. In fact, we eat them first because I suspect they won't store as well -- they have blemishes or strange shapes that can trap dirt and moisture. I'm seriously thinking of making pants for some of those carrots. 


Perhaps one of the most exciting things we produced this year though is actually not what might come to mind. It's this:


Compost. We made this. This year. It's not smelly or slimy or even too chunky and it's probably the most important component of our garden efforts going forward. This stuff, plus the multitude of leaves that fall from our lovely trees are our secret weapon for the next growing season. We'll be trying out the "no dig / no till" method of gardening, employing permaculture techniques wherever possible. It's a learning curve and I'm still researching, but the possibilities are exciting! 

And now, I'm going to eat these up, before I really do decide to haul out the sewing machine...


Comments

  1. So. Much. Produce.
    Totally awesome in every way! Congrats to both of you for an amazing first season...in spite of...well...let's just call it "everything"!

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    1. Thanks -- the best was that your comment came through just as I was shoveling and sifting compost and wondering about this vision of retirement... Let's just say I kinda needed it just then.

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  2. Older Sister of Your Man22 October 2020 at 00:07

    By jove that might just be the first photo of you on the blog! Nice to see. You two have accomplished more than any reasonable person might expect this first year. That's an incredible harvest!! I am envious of your compost too. While those carrots look like they need pants, they are deeeeeelicious!

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    1. You're right -- it is my first appearance here and I figured you would notice! When I started it (9 years ago!) bloggers were pretty careful about what they put online, but that's changed so I'm dragging myself and my blog space into new territory.

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  3. I think I finally got it Marilyn.....
    I am so proud of you two, so much accomplished and so much more to look forward to....

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    1. You did it! I love hearing from you here!! Can't wait for you to see it all in person!

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