The only term for the weather of late is sweltering. Yesterday, the humidex was at 37C/99F and today it’s supposed to get up to 40C/104F…yuck! I’m about ready for summer to end and am really looking forward to some cool fall breezes. Still lots to do in the garden, but with temperatures like that, I’m not up for being outside for any length of time.
I did manage to do some harvesting this past week. The tomatoes have gone from harvest to salvage expedition in the past few days.
|Bloody Butcher, Opalka, Aunt Ruby's Yellow Cherry, Brandywine & Yellow Pear|
|Amish Paste, Taxi, Opalka & Yellow Pear|
|Mountain Magic, Aunt Ruby's Yellow Cherry & Bloody Butcher|
|Brandywines together with a bowl of Yellow Pear, Juliet, Sungold & Opalka|
|Blossom end rot on two Speckled Romans &|
a third with the beginnings of late blight
|A few Lemons and one misshapen Garden Sweet|
Let’s turn to some of the good harvest news. The eggplants are still chugging along, despite the wilt issues. The worst of the plants, the Slim Jim, has finally given me an eggplant:
|Looks huge, but it was only 5" long, a perfect size for this variety.|
The biggest surprise this week were the zucchini. Yes….zucchini!
I harvested a bunch of small broccoli side shoots and then another surprise. One of my plants is going crazy giving me huge side shoots. I harvested all 4 of these – a total of 410 grams (14.5 oz) – from one plant:
|Arcadia broccoli & Just Right turnips|
The turnips I harvested this time round tasted more or less the same as the larger ones I harvested last week - good, but not as sweet as the White Lady variety I grew in the spring. It's not the size as they were roughly the same size as those from the spring harvest. The question still remains - is the reduced sweetness due to the variety or the hot weather we have been having.
The last 2 baby bok choy were harvested:
|Baby Choy; most likely Green Fortune|
I’m loving the choy & am really looking forward to getting some more from my fall sowing, which is sizing up nicely.
I finally harvested the first of the Jimmy Nardello peppers:
|Jimmy Nardello Sweet Peppers|
And a few hot peppers from the other varieties as well:
|Clockwise from the top right:|
Melrose, Padron, Ostra Cyklon, Tam Jalapeno, Pepperoncino
|Trail of Tears|
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli – 792 grams (1.75 lbs)
Chinese Greens – 1,002 grams (2.21 lbs)
Cucumbers – 300 grams (0.66 lbs)
Eggplant – 114 grams (0.25 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 740 grams (1.63 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 362 grams (0.80 lbs)
Summer Squash – 1,556 grams (3.43 lbs)
Tomatoes – 10,930 grams (24.10 lbs)
Turnips – 310 grams (0.68 lbs)
Turnip Greens – 180 grams (0.40 lbs)
Total for Week – 16,286 grams (35.90 lbs)
Total to Date – 101.57 kg (223.91 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.
Till next time…