Harvest Monday - July 14, 2014
What’s new this week on Harvest Monday? Peppers!
|Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers|
My husband and I love pickled hot banana peppers and that is what these are destined for. It will be my first time making them so I’m really looking forward it. I'm harvesting the peppers at the yellow stage so that they keep producing well over the entire summer. If I let them hang on until they turn red, I’ll end up getting fewer peppers overall.
The last of the strawberries were harvested this past week. They were really small compared to the initial flushes, but still delicious.
The sugar snaps are coming in strong. I have noticed that the pole sugar snaps are not flowering very much at this point – the heat is probably getting to them. In the upcoming week, I will stop harvesting the pole sugar snaps and leave the remaining pea pods on the vine so that I can save some seed for next year. I will continue to harvest the Cascadia peas for fresh eating.
I harvested a few tasty rapini side shoots. They were pretty small, but just enough for a nice accompaniment at lunch. The existing plants are being replaced by new seedlings this week.
|Rapini Side Shoots & Sugar Snaps|
I also harvested several bunches of collards. I'm sowing new starts this week as the existing plants are getting too tall for the netting that I am using. I don’t want to remove the netting as it has been invaluable in keeping the brassicas free from cabbage worms this year (so far!), and I don’t have the ability to increase the height of the netting right now either. Next year, I must remember to place the collards at the end of the bed so that I can simply cover each individual collard stalk as it gets taller, while still being able to use the hoops for the rest of the bed.
Before we get to the harvest totals, how about a sneak peak of what will be on the table by next Harvest Monday:
|"Sure Thing" Summer Squash|
They are only a couple of days away from harvest. My luck in the past has been so-so when it comes to hand pollinating squash - looks like it worked this time!
My harvest totals this week were:
Collards – 1,549 grams (3.41 lbs)Cucumbers – 948 grams (2.09 lbs)
Peas – 1,883 grams (4.15 lbs)
Peppers (Hot) – 412 grams (0.91 lbs)
Rapini – 98 grams (0.22 lbs)
Strawberries – 86 grams (0.19 lbs)
Total For Week – 4,976 grams (10.97 lbs)
Total To Date – 28.33 kg (62.45 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...☺