Wow, what an amazing harvest! I just love cubed and roasted beats. And that dill, I really needed to plant that this year so we didn't need to buy it for pickles, hehe.
Thanks for the idea, Sinfonian. I was going to pickle all the beets, but I think I'll roast a few instead. Mr. H loves pickled beets, but I still have a ton (well, way over 100) left in the garden. We like roasted carrots, too.
All that fresh food looks so tasty! And that picture of the dill looks like fireworks!
THose carrots look great. You're really bringing in the goodies now.Do you freeze the carrots, or just eat them fresh? They wouldn't get into the house around here!
Beautiful harvest. I finally got some carrots too. Not quite so big as yours but at least something that I could weigh. Love your dill ;>. Last year it got to 5' tall for me, but then we had a lot of rain.
Looks like a great harvest. I am jealous, I can't wait till mine starts being ready to harvest!I like the half barrel idea for melons too! They look really nice.
Dangit, you passed me! Reckon how much you'll end up with this year?
Marissa, it really does look like fireworks, doesn't it? I took that photo last night when it was pitch black outside. I wanted to get more flash pictures of the garden, but most didn't turn out, just the closeups.
Sue, that bunch of carrots came in the house to get trimmed and washed, then back to the patio to get photographed, then son John came in for some staples he'd forgotten to take home with him....and some of the carrots magically disappeared with him. The rabbit eats two a day, and we manage to eat all the rest of them, either steamed, raw or in salads. I haven't had to worry about freezing any of them yet, and probably won't. I like to combine them with other veggies, too...peas, green beans, broccoli. I could eat carrots every day and never get tired of them!
Daphne, the dill towers over everything else in the garden. I'd guess it's about 5' tall now...and so pretty. I had to stake it up last week, it was leaning in this loose garden soil.
Shawn Ann, this is my first attempt at growing the melons in a barrel. I may regret not trellising them when they decide to overrun the strawberries in the next bed!
EG, I have no idea. I weighed a bit of stuff last year, but didn't keep totals on it. I know I was harvesting right at 7 pounds a week, but my garden is larger this year. I still have a ton of beets out there (I think I got carried away!)and I'd guess I planted about 1000 carrots. Until the potatoes, melons and squash come on, those will be my heaviest harvests.
I'm drooling over those beets!!!!That's a stunning photo of your dill! I'd frame that one!
Toni, I thought it was quite a striking photo, it's my desktop photo for the week!I might be wishing you had some of those beets before I get them all harvested. I think I got carried away...just a bit! Good thing Mr. H loves them pickled, but I need to find my quart jars!
Yummy! Isn't it wonderful how a garden can feed your need for beauty as well as your stomach. Just a gift.
Hey granny, are you gonna try to put a dollar figure on the final weight - in terms of savings? I am, and will take the current market pricing per lb. for each thing grown - then average them together. The final harvest weight will be multiplied by that figure.
Yes, Stefaneener, it is. I always have found as much beauty in vegetable gardens as in flower gardens, and the veggie gardens fulfill my need to feel like a real provider of healthy foods for my family.
EG, if I put a pound for pound dollar value on the harvest from these two years, I'd probably give up gardening! It's been quite costly to build and fill all the beds, add the fencing, etc., but I should sail through the next seasons relatively cheap.
I still want those carrots!
Carrot and beet harvest is still awhile off for me. I love that picture of dill at night.As for wild Phlox divaricata, I looked it up by it had no listing in Plants for a Future. According to it Phlox panticulata is not edible. There is a similiarity to brassicas though it has five petals, and I think most brassica flowers are four petalled so I looked that up. Apparently, wild phlox is the member of the Polemoniaceae family which also includes Jacob's ladder, wouldn't you know. (Right now, I'm supposed to be preparing for a gardening workshop). As a last ditch attempt, I looked up wild edibles and phlox and came up with Dame's Rocket,Hesperis matronalis, actually a member of the mustard family (brassica) and edible. Apparently, it is often mistaken for phlox!Alright, back to work for me but thanks for the distraction!
Ottawa gardener, dill at night is prettier than dill by day! I have no wild phlox (nor any tame phlox, although I used to have some beautiful summer phlox!) I think you meant to answer someone else's inquiry!
Mrs Soggy's favourite beetroot, yours is looking good, a healthy harvest, we haven't dug any yet.
The only thing I can think to say is YUM!!!
Heskie, I love beets. I'm glad I planted a lot of them so I can enjoy them young and sweet.Gumshoe, LOL!
Ribbit, I'd be happy to share with ya!
Oh the picture of the dill is so striking!
I'm reading through your blog while sick in bed (so my attention is pretty poor). What kind of carrots are those magenta beauties?
Lisa and Robb, those carrots were from a packet of Rainbow Mix from Ed Hume Seeds. I wasn't impressed with the carrots that grew from this mix. They did not germinate well, one variety had a very woody core, some had numerous "hairy" roots, and none were very sweet. I wouldn't purchase them again.
So what *is* your favorite carrot?
Lisa and Robb, I have very deep, loose soil and the long Imperator varieties grow well for me. They do, however, have really tall tops that tend to flop all over anything planted next to them. I also really like any of the Chantanay or Nantes varieties. Of course, you can buy Imperator or Chantenay or Nantes, but others have been bred from these, such as Sugarsnax (an Imperator) or Mokum (a Nantes). Actually, I've never planted a carrot I didn't like...except that Rainbow Mix. I'll stick with orange carrots in the future.Pick up a catalog from Johnny's Selected Seeds for the best description of the various carrots. It's loaded with information.