Sunday was a record-breaking day on the urban homestead. Probably the most record-breaking. Ever.
I harvested the rest of the carrots, almost all of the beets, all of the shallots and 100 bulbs of garlic.
I keep careful records of the weights of everything we harvest. I don’t weigh the garlic and shallots until after they’ve dried and had their tops cut off, though, so I won’t have accurate records on their weights for a few weeks. But as a rough estimate I’d say I harvested around 20-25 pounds of food. In one day.
I feel compelled to qualify this, though, because everything I harvested is basically a one-time harvest plant. It’s not like I harvested 25 pounds of tomatoes in one day. That really would be an impressive day. Either way, though, it’s a lot of food.
If you want to get scientific about it, this was about two armloads of garlic, an armload of carrots, two armloads of beets and two armloads of shallots.
The garlic and shallots will need to dry for a few weeks. The beets and the carrots will store, so I’m not worried about them. The carrot tops will become more carrot top pesto.
Probably the most surprising thing, though, was the amount of beet greens. The 6.5 pounds of beets I pulled up yielded 6 pounds of greens. Six POUNDS! I literally had to stick them all in a garbage bag to cool them in the fridge because no other plastic bag was big enough.
So here we are. Eating out of garbage bags.
I’m not sure how I feel about the shallots yet. Many of the bulbs were very small, around the size of scallions. This was our first year growing them, so I’m not sure what might have caused this, or if I should expect this in the future if I decide to grow them again.
Overall we’ve harvested 180 bulbs of garlic, leaving 140 left. Lacking a proper barn for drying things (which, when we started thinking about what type of infrastructure we needed, was exactly what we dreamed up), we set up a cattle panel that we can hang all the alliums from. It’s on the side of our front porch, so we can enjoy the scent regularly.
Part of the reason I pulled everything up was because I needed to make space for the next round of crops. Coming up: corn, beans, melons and summer squash.