Today I did some serious thinning of the carrots. Prior to this we have just been grabbing here and there as snacks while we were playing in the backyard. I came away with two and a half pounds of little carrots that I will pickle tomorrow if I can track down some garlic. The peas put out two cups worth tonight and the beets were thinned as well and I got a big handful of mixed sized beets.
But my favorite item of the evening were the POTATOES! The purple potato plants had flowered a while back so I was anticipating a few gems hidden under the soil. Well holy crap! Just from digging under two purple potato and one red potato plant (which hasn't bloomed yet), I came away with two and a half pounds of potatoes and some of them the size of a man's fist!! And that wasn't with any serious digging, just a wee bit of rooting around in the soil. It is 9pm and I have four of the wee potatoes boiling in a pot that I am going to enjoy this evening with a bit of butter and salt.
Menu plans for this week are now going to include our very own moose roast with veggies from the garden and butternut squash soup made with our backyard-grown with carrots and potatoes.
This next month will be so much fun to see what all we harvest each week! And just imagine next year when I have all of my raised beds growing veggies. I am already dreaming about it.
Now.... please share your best tips for putting up carrots and potatoes just in case we don't eat them all and want to stash them away for the winter!
|Peas and carrots. Carrots and peas!|
|Romain lettuce is still going strong!|
|Beets, beets, baby!|
|Look at the guys hard at work in the backyard!|
|The thinned carrots that will be pickled.|