Monday is Harvest Day
r so it seems most weeks. Harvesting is a good way to start off the week, first I go through my stock of vegetables to see what is left from last week, and go from there. At this point in the year, by keeping a weather eye I can go easy on the harvesting. Everything that is left in the gardens is pretty cold hardy unless we get a deep freeze. Lucky for us, deep freezes aren’t all that frequent, or at least not without ample warning.
On my list to harvest today was cabbage for kraut, mangels for Jane, and snacking carrots for us.
The dogs had voles on their list, and carrots if I wasnt’ looking…
This is the cabbage I root pruned in this post.
Root pruning gave me some time to get other late fall jobs done so I could make my last batch of kraut at my leisure. At least it’s harvested, and closer to the house ;)
Mangels are more digestible if cured several weeks before feeding, so I try to keep Jane stocked up with cured mangels, or…it’s not too fun cleaning the barn, if you get my drift :p
Napoli is delicious, but the weak tops make it a pain to harvest without loosening the soil first. They tend to split too in the garden once the fall rains start, so we harvested the last of these today. Our main winter storage carrot, Red Cored Chantenay holds all winter without splitting so we leave those for later harvests, they also have nice tall tops (until freezing) for easy pulling.
This will keep me busy for a week or so, next week it’s probably be celeriac, rutabagas, kohlrabi and parsnips and more mangels for the dairy queen.