Last Garden Update of the Year: Heirloom Carrots and Turnips Harvest
By Julie Sews - 5:07:00 PM
|Mr Cat always is excited to see what we harvest|
I harvested the last of our garden for the season. I decided to harvest our carrots, instead of over wintering them like we accidentally did last year, and our turnips. I was so excited to see what we finally had. I love root crops because when your busy tending to your crops in the summer you just forget about them, and then right when the garden is pretty quiet you have a nice surprise.
|our heirloom carrots harvest|
This year we planted them with tomatoes since they are suppose to be good complements. Instead of thinning them I planted only a few seeds far apart. It worked we actually had a real harvest. I am so excited. Some were so long I actually lost the tip because I didn't dig down far enough. Harvesting was kind of like pulling a really deep dandelion out. I've never harvested any carrots bigger than a few inches so this was new to me.
I was very pleased with the heirloom variety we planted. I looked through my seed packets to see what we planted for carrots but I couldn't find it. I think it was Burpe's kaleidoscope. They're so pretty because they're purple, yellow, white, and orange. They also tasted subtly different. I think the purple was the sweetest.
|our turnip harvest|
This was the first year we planted turnips. We used Martha Stewart's organic purple top white globes. I only devoted a square foot to it and I forgot to plant a second crop so this is our harvest from what we planted in the spring.
They worked well so next year I plan to plant a whole row and plant on time so we can get two harvests. If all goes well next year we would have 40 turnips, based on this years crop.
|our kale is frozen!|
carrots 2 lbs 11 oz
kale 3 lbs
broccoli 1/2 lb
Dec Total Harvest=7 lbs 11 oz
Total for the year=182+ 7 lbs 11 oz = about 190 lbs of produce this year