This has been an exceptionally busy summer. I've been away 3 times since the end of June which definitely hasn't helped when it comes to making progress on my garden "to-do" list.
The one thing that I haven't been doing a lot of is harvesting. More accurately, I have been harvesting but not as much as I usually do at this time. This is partly because I simply haven't been here to harvest but there has also been less to harvest due to all of the pest pressure this year - there were a lot of casualties early on. Some I replaced, such as the lettuce, but others (winter squash, peppers) I did not.
So on to the harvests and first up, we have the tomatoes. These started as a trickle but then sped up throughout August.
I tried a few new varieties this year, but only one stood out - Mennonite Orange:
|Mennonite Orange - This one weighed in at 536 grams (1.18 lbs)|
This has not been a good year, on the whole, for the tomatoes - our wet weather meant that blight reared its ugly head early on, starting with the yellow salad tomato Taxi. When it hit, it hit hard - my one plant was toast within 3 weeks of contracting the disease and it quickly started to spread throughout the bed. Speckled Roman, which was right beside Taxi, was infected next (unsurprisingly) but it also seemed to have another disease as the spots on the fruits do not resemble blight:
This does not look like blight...perhaps bacterial spot?
The garlic was harvested on August 2nd while the onions were harvested in two stages, the last harvest being in late August, once we returned from our trip. All are now drying on a rack in the garage:
|I normally hang garlic to dry but as I grew fewer onions this year,|
I had room on the rack for them
|Most of the onions were mediumish in size.|
The large yellow ones are Ailsa Craigs which are typically huge;
those in the photo are in the small-medium range for that variety.
The cucumbers finally came in and we are really enjoying them:
|Summer Dance (2 on left) and Garden Sweet (3 on right)|
|Bolero and Cosmic Purple carrots with Garden Sweet cucumbers|
The few pepper plants that didn't become rabbit food finally started to produce, although none of them fully recovered:
Clockwise from the top: Ostra Cyklon, Anaheim,
Pepperoncino, Feher Ozon and Lu Mei
Clockwise from the top:
Jimmy Nardello, Odessa Market (not fully ripe), Shishito and Arcadia broccoli
And I've been harvesting lots of mature beans that are now drying indoors:
|Cherokee Trail of Tears|
The above bowl of French Prune plums is actually the largest quantity of that variety that we've harvested to date; they must take longer to bear than the others.
We have been harvesting greens, such as kale and collards, although not as regularly as I would have liked, and we finally have a good crop of lettuce. Now that the bed is covered with netting, the rabbits aren't getting to it anymore:
When it comes to peppers, they seem to favour certain varieties such as Odessa Market and Feher Ozon, attacking many of them while they are still immature.
|Odessa Market - A sluggy favourite|
Still left to pick in the garden are potatoes (I've harvested a few but the main batch is still in the ground), peppers, kale, collards, lettuce, carrots, dried beans, broccoli, eggplant (a bunny favourite, apparently), cucumbers, tromboncino squash, tomatoes and lots of herbs. There are also a couple of very small winter squash - cucumber beetles and rabbits made sure the winter squash harvest was meagre this year.
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.