Unexpected Harvest Bounty

Basket full of goodiesBasket-full of goodies!

We are supposed to get our first major freeze tonight, so a couple of days ago, I decided to harvest the carrots, mud or no mud.

Every year, I try to overwinter them, but all I get is mush.  I have been thinking about this and remembering that the same thing happened to my stored carrots the year they froze.  For whatever reason, they are not insulated enough in my garden.  This year, my plan was to harvest right before the first major freeze.  It worked.

The pile of carrots admittedly looked much smaller after the tops had been trimmed off.

Unexpectedly, though, the parsnips also came through.  When they were still woefully immature by mid-November, I had completely given up on them.  On a whim, though, I decided to dig them up as well since I already had the potato fork out.  Thanks to my rocky soil, most of them were forked instead of having a perfect taper, but otherwise they were great.  It looks like I’ll be buying more of that seed after all.

To be fair, half of the basket was full of parsnips as well.

I also got an entire bag of chard.  I think that’s the last of that crop, but I have thought that before.  Regardless, I’m not planting it again, at least not until I have a larger garden.  It grows well, and the deer leave it alone, but I don’t eat it enough to be worth the garden space.

Wouldn’t this make a great puzzle?


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6 Responses to Unexpected Harvest Bounty

  1. Jason says:

    I’m very jealous. Especially of the parsnips, I love parsnips. The chard, not so much.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      See, I like chard. We just don’t eat it frequently enough to be worth the garden space. If my garden space magically doubled, it would be planted every year.

  2. Jeff Z says:

    Nice harvest! Here I’m lucky to be harvesting some scraggly dry kale leaves in December. I’m having some serious Pacific Northwest envy at the moment.

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      Just remind yourself that when you get snow it actually stays for awhile. We got about a foot yesterday and it immediately started raining. Now we have 6 inches of slush covering everything — the kind that tricks you into thinking it’s solid until you step in it.

  3. Becky says:

    I love chard – we make a big mixed salad after our shopping trip, and almost always have chard and kale make up about half of it. I’m excited to get our garden going so hopefully we will have more of it on hand this year!

    • Sarah Sarah says:

      My problem with it is that one harvest = one meal. True, it regrows, and you have a few harvests throughout the year, but it just seems like a waste of space.

      Still, it’s nice to be harvesting fresh greens during the winter. I’m going back and forth on my decision not to grow any this year.

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