October 2014 Harvest

Amazingly, November is upon us. As I look out the window at the first hard frost on the ground, it’s amazing to reflect on what a wonderful harvest it’s been this year. October saw our first harvest of sweet potatoes. We lost about 1/3rd of the crop to a very cute family of shrews. On the other hand, we still harvested 35 pounds of sweet potatoes, and the shrews are aggressive eaters of grubs, which otherwise would have potentially damaged many other crops. I think it’s a fair trade.

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

  • Beets: 2 lb 0 oz (0 lb 4 oz)
  • Brussel Sprouts: 0 lb 5 oz (0 lb 0 oz)
  • Carrots: 0 lb 9 oz (0 lb 3 oz)
  • Chard: 4 lb 10 oz (2 lb 5 oz)
  • Eggs: 13 lb 7 oz (0 lb 0 oz)
  • Kale: 0 lb 0 oz (1 lb 5 oz)
  • Leeks: 2 lb 0 oz (0 lb 0 oz)
  • Lettuce: 0 lb 10 oz (3 lb 5 oz)
  • Potatoes: 0 lb 0 oz (14 lb 7 oz)
  • Sweet Peppers: 0 lb 14 oz (0 lb 6 oz)
  • Tomatoes: 0 lb 0 oz (20 lb 3 oz)
  • Radishes: 0 lb 6 oz(0 lb 0 oz)
  • Spinach: 0 lb 0 oz (0 lb 4 oz)
  • Sweet Potatoes: 35 lb 15 oz (0 lb 0 oz)
  • Turnips: 0 lb 9 oz (1 lb 5 oz)
  • Winter Squash: 1 lb 7 oz (0 lb 0 oz)

Total: 63 lb 1 oz (43 lb 12 oz)

Our season total is now 542 lb 11 oz! We’ll soon have another rabbit harvest, the bulk of our Leek and Brussel Sprouts are still awaiting harvest, and we have a wide variety of cold-hardy crops planted late September just starting to become ready for harvest. Yum!

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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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