August 2014 Harvest

Another record month for us, harvest-wise. We had some pretty ideal weather for growing and crossed over 100 pounds on August 9. The second half of the month was a bit slower, especially the last week of the month, when the squash struggled with powder mildew and the bottom 2/3rds of the tomatoes seemed to have their leaves turn brown and die. Not sure what caused that. On the flip side, our chickens laid 122 eggs, and we got 25 pounds of rabbit meat!

Here’s our totals by produce (harvest for August 2012 in parentheses).

  • Basil 0 lb. 6 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Beans 4 lb. 10 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Beets 6 lb. 13 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Carrots 0 lb. 0 oz. (0 lb. 5 oz.)
  • Chard 7 lb. 13 oz. (0 lb. 10 oz.)
  • Eggs 12 lb. 3 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Garlic 0 lb. 0 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Kohlrabi 0 lb. 15 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Lettuce 2 lb. 8 oz. (0 lb. 15 oz.)
  • Peppers (Jalapeno) 1 lb. 12 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Peppers (Sweet) 3 lb. 1 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Potatoes 37 lb. 14 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Rabbit 25 lb. 12 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Radish Pods 0 lb. 1 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Squash (Summer) 22 lb. 5 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)
  • Strawberries 5 lb. 2 oz. (1 lb. 4 oz.)
  • Tomatoes 35 lb. 0 oz. (32 lb. 3 oz.)
  • Turnips 0 lb. 12 oz. (0 lb. 0 oz.)

Total: 167 lb. 1 oz. (35 lb. 6 oz.)

For the year, the top five producers by weight are squash at 65 lb. 3 oz., tomatoes at 63 lb. 2 oz, potatoes at 61 lb. 4 oz, rabbit at 46 lb. 13 oz, and lettuce at 32 lb. 15 oz. Squash and tomatoes are slowing down for the year, and we have one more harvest of kennebec potatoes. But the sweet potatoes are coming on strong, we’ve got some winter squash about ready to pick, lettuce is about ready to go again, as are the winter crops like leeks. Good thing the new root cellar in our crawl space should be finished tomorrow!

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About mwolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.
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