February Harvest 2015

Here’s the belated tally for February’s harvest. Keep in mind, we aren’t actually selling all this produce–just calculating how much we would have had to spend if we had purchased it.

Some of it isn’t even available at the store. Kohlrabi, for example, is hard to come by if you don’t grow it yourself. Likewise, I wasn’t sure what price to put for some of the herbs.

Some harvests would have been bigger, were it not for vicious attacks by the local squirrel patrol. We lost three big, beautiful cabbages in one day to them.

On the upside, this is our best spring honey harvest to date. I think we have my early January hive inspections/extra-boxes-adding and unusually diligent follow-up February hive inspections to thank for this bounty. In beekeeping, timeliness can really pay off.

  • Asparagus ’Farmer’s Favorite’: 1.72 lbs. (@$3.99/lb=$6.86)
  • Broccoli ‘Fiesta’: 5.96 lbs. (@$2.49/lb.=$14.84)
  • Broccoli ‘Umpqua’: 1.25 lbs. (@2.49/lb.=$3.11)
  • Butter lettuce: 0.41 lbs. (@$4.98/lb.=$2.04)
  • Cabbage ‘Parel’: 6.56 lbs. (@$1.49/lb.=$9.77)
  • Carrot ‘Nantaise’: 1.09 lbs. (@$0.99/lb.=$1.08)
  • Cauliflower ‘Snow Crown’: 13.24 lbs. (@$2.49/lb.=$32.98)
  • Chard ‘Fordhook’: 0.28 lbs. (@$4.98/lb.=$1.39)
  • Cilantro: 0.08 lbs. (@$3.58/lb.=$0.29)
  • Dinosaur kale ‘Niro di Toscano’: 0.06 lbs. (@$4.98/lb.=$0.30)
  • Eggs (Barred Rock 16; Welsummer 1): 17 (@$0.33/egg=$5.61)
  • Honey: 130.75 lbs. (@$10/lb.=$1307.50)
  • Kale ‘Wild Kale Blend’: 0.09 lbs. (@$4.98/lb.=$0.45)
  • Kale ‘Winterbor’: 0.13 lbs. (@$4.98/lb.=$0.65)
  • Kohlrabi ‘Delicacy White’: 1.01 lbs. (@$2.49/lb.?=$2.51)
  • Lettuce ‘All-Season Romaine’: 4.41 lbs. (@$4.98/lb.=$21.96)
  • Mustard ‘Ruby Streaks’: 0.55 lbs. (@$5.99/lb.=$3.29)
  • Mustard ‘Tah Tsoi’: 0.20 lbs. (@$5.99/lb.=$1.20)
  • Navel oranges: 49.62 lbs. (@$1.99/lb.=$98.74)
  • Parsley ‘Dark Green Italian Plain’: 0.50 lbs. (@$3.58/lb.=$1.79)
  • Snap pea ‘Sugar Snap’: 0.08 lbs.
  • Sage: 0.002 lbs.
  • Spring onion ‘Purplette’: 0.10 lbs. (@$5.98/lb.=$0.60)
  • Thyme: .13 lbs.

Total: 87.47 lbs. ($209.46)

Egg count: 17 ($5.61)

Honey: 130.75 lbs. ($1307.50)

2015 produce total: 137.42 ($333.41)

2015 egg count: 24 ($7.92)


6 Responses to February Harvest 2015

  1. Excellent! So much goodness on this list. I’m envy your honey production.

  2. That’s quite a tally and all so healthy….enjoy! Good to see your chooks are laying more, perhaps a sign that the seasons are moving on. We’ve had a delivery of a batch of new veggie seeds as well as 3 varieties of strawberries and can’t wait for our current wet weather to move on so we can get digging! Also our 4 colonies have survived an erratic winter so we live in hope of a decent honey harvest later in the year. Congratulations on your wonderful Spring crop which just shows how well your bees are doing… you’ve obviously got the hang of this beekeeping lark!!

    • Hi Jackie–Which veggie varieties are you planting this year?! I’ve been so terribly busy that I never got to ordering new seeds and now find myself with more limited options than I’l like.

      Congratulations on the survival of your beehives! 100% is quite a feat these days. We lost out of our 7 over the winter–our best numbers to date. Now of course, we have splits and, unfortunately swarms, coming out our ears!

  3. There are times you just can’t win with bees but at least you’re happy enough to let them do their own thing! My neighbour helped me move one hive to a lower stand a few weeks ago and we were saying that although happy they’ve survived we hesitate to give them a Spring feed to get the queen laying in case we encourage swarming later in the year…. it’s such a delicate balancing act and I’ll let you know if May/June we also have swarms coming out of our ears!
    We’re not always organised with seed purchases but luckily a catalogue arrived in the post and that was enough to motivate us. We’ll be growing
    Red flowered runner beans (Benchmaster)
    Sweetcorn (Swift F1)
    Scarlet turnip (Queen RS)
    Leeks (Porbella)
    Lettuce (Winter density)
    Celery (Giant Red)
    Romanesco Cauliflower (Veronica)
    Carrots (Sweet Candle)
    Red Cabbage (Kalibos)
    Climbing French Bean (Violet podded)

    and probably a few extras we collect on the way!

    • So great to see your seed list, Jackie! I hope they all grow well for you. Let us know if any favorites emerge. We are dreadfully behind in our planting–haven’t planted a single seed for summer, and am starting to wonder if we’ll have to buy starts if we want a summer garden. Bummer! I had high hopes of trying lots of new varieties and getting an early start, but my pesky schooling has been taking up all my time, and Kelly is busy too.

      Happy beekeeping and seed starting to you and yours!

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