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Last weeks harvest – 23rd Aug 09 August 25, 2009

Filed under: Organic Farming and Kitchen Garden — rajapanda @ 3:54 am
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Last week turned out to be a very lucky week for me. I harvested variety of veggies. Most of my plants are now in to 2nd-3rd month of their life and are in their prime fruit bearing stage.

First Okra’s. As I had mentioned in my last post, okra’s (Albana Red variety) were showning li’l bit of unusual growth trends. Which made it difficult to judge the right stage for harvest. So, I first harvested the biggest of the Okra and tasted it raw. It turned out to have over-grown, the pods had already started hardening and the skin wan’t tender either.

Okra and capcicum

Okra and capcicum

Okra

Okra

Well that meant I needed to harvest the remaining ones quickly.

Here are they.

Okra harvest

Okra harvest


They tasted delicious bringing cheer on the gardener face.

Next are these peas. With a price tag of Rs. 40/- per kg they made my home minister very happy and I received bulk orders.

Peas harvest

Peas harvest

Next are carrots. The last time I had harvested few carrots, they were yet to be fully grown. So, I had left the rest from the same batch to grow a li’l longer. But the problem is they were probably sowed too close to each other and didn’t get space to grow further. Hopefully the next batch (already sowed) will show better results.

Carrots

Carrots

When the harvest is of carrots. Zoya would like to have them all. She just loves them.

Carrots and Zoya

Carrots and Zoya

All this while for almost last 3 month’s now the tomato plant’s have been growing and growing and growing…testing my patience every bit. They are now almost close 6+ ft.
But our patience ran out last week and we decided to make curry out of few raw tomatoes instead of waiting any longer..

raw tomatoes

raw tomatoes

Here are few other harvests…

Beans

Beans

capsicum

capcicum

Tomato, Palak & coriander

Tomato, Palak & coriander

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7 Responses to “Last weeks harvest – 23rd Aug 09”

  1. Awesome! so did you reap the tomatoes a bit early or is it a green variety ?

    • rajapanda Says:

      Thanks Jayadeep. Actually I reaped a bit early. My wife wanted to do some experimental curry with these green ones using them just as other green vegetables.

  2. ranadeep Says:

    Capsicum needs some dry whether right?
    humidity jyada hone size chota hota hai, suna hoon kahipe..
    Am i right?

    • rajapanda Says:

      No idea about the right weather for capsicum ranadeep. But I see them growing well here in B’lore. Regarding the size I feel, I always harvest them when they are still young, that way they taste better. Also, I don’t use any chemical fertilizers (Only organic manure) so anyways, I expect them to be li’l smaller than the ones available in market.

  3. Sapna Says:

    Excellent harvest. Okra looks really tempting. The carrots I am harvesting at present are small. I guess carrots seedlings need to be thinned. But some gardeners think may do away with that too and get some well grown ones (http://carletongarden.blogspot.com/search/label/carrots). Next time I am going to take the trouble sowing the fine seeds 5-6″ apart. I think the smaller the capsicum the better the taste. You can add some organic fertilizer, if available, in addition to manure/compost.

    • rajapanda Says:

      Hi Sapna,

      Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I think, you are right about leaving space of at least 5-6″ between carrot seedlings, I have done that in the current batch. Also I have to seriously start looking for some form of organic fertilizer and more importantly pesticides for my next batch of crops. This time (my first time) I lost a good quantity of crops to various pests including aphids,ants etc…

  4. Uma Shankari Says:

    Hi, I am an organic farmer from Chittoor dt. AP. I planted some weed carrots in the middle of jan. 2011.Carrots have grown to some four to five inches, they look similar to your carrots. At what stage should be harvested? How does one get and preserve the seeds? Pl. reply to me at my email ID. Uma


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