Harvest Monday - August 17, 2015
This week there was one new, surprise crop that I didn’t expect to enjoy at all this season. Corn. That’s right – I actually picked a cob of corn. Of the ground. Because my corn muncher had severed a mini-cob right off one of the stalks. And then left it there in the path – untouched. I’m thinking this rules out a raccoon.
|The miracle cob|
Ok, back to earth and the less exciting but nonetheless delicious harvests for the week.
The 2nd pepper variety to be harvested this year (after Hungarian Hot Wax) were the pepperoncino peppers:
A few more Hungarian Hot Wax peppers were also harvested, together with more Bloody Butcher & Sungold tomatoes:
|Tomatoes & Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers|
|More tomatoes & broccoli side-shoots|
I shelled the fresh favas that were picked last week & these were frozen:
|Shelled favas (Ianto's & Extra Precoce Violetto)|
The last of the Copra and Rossa di Milano onions were harvested as well as all of the Ailsa Craigs and Red Wings. I forgot to get a photo of the onions as they were drying in the sun, but here are the Red Wings on the way to the curing rack in the garage:
|Red Wing Onions|
|Onion runts (left) & bolted potato onions (right)|
|Contender Beans - Final disappointing harvest|
A huge quantity of Gold Marie beans were harvested – over 7 pounds. This will be the last harvest from the vines, which I’ll be pulling this week.
|Gold Marie Yellow Romano Beans|
|Tomatoes: Bloody Butcher, Juliet, Yellow Pear, Sungold|
Cucumbers: Lemon, Chelsea Prize, Garden Sweet
|Plums in basket are ok or only have minimal damage;|
plums on the right are too damaged to eat
And lastly, the harvest from Bed #8. This is the super shady bed where everything seems to stand still as of early summer when the trees leaf out. I harvested whatever I could from this bed over the weekend and a paltry harvest it was, especially for the Beira Tronchuda as it was my ONLY harvest this year.
|Kale from left to right: Red Russian, Siberian, White Russian|
|Barely worth harvesting Joi Choi|
together with Beira Tronchuda
My harvest totals this week were:
Fresh Snap/Romano Beans – 3,528 grams (7.78 lbs)
Fava Beans – 554 grams (1.22 lbs)
Chinese Greens – 110 grams (0.24 lbs)
Collards – 228 grams (0.50 lbs)
Corn (shucked) – 42 grams (0.09 lbs)
Cucumbers – 2,068 grams (4.56 lbs)
Kale – 722 grams (1.59 lbs)
Onions – 2,205 grams (4.86 lbs)
Peppers (hot) – 380 grams (0.84 lbs)
Tomatoes – 1,510 grams (3.33 lbs)
Plums – 828 grams (1.83 lbs)
Total for Week – 12,175 grams (26.84 lbs)
Total to Date – 56.50 kg (124.56 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…
Twenty seven pounds in the week, that's great! Very nice that you were able to enjoy the corn, even if it was just one ear. And those plums ... I ripped out my plum trees as they never produced (they were in a bad spot, my fault) so I'm quite envious of those.ReplyDelete
It's that time of year when the harvests really start to ramp up, which is nice. I'll have to go pick the rest of the Burbanks today as they seem to be attracting more Japanese beetles. Now I have to figure out what to do with them all!Delete
I do love home grown corn but I didn't get round to sowing any again this year, I even bought the seeds, just ran out of time. You can really taste the difference when it's cooked straight after picking rather than sitting in a shop for days before it's bought. My beans have just started producing, they're much later this year but I sowed them later than usual.ReplyDelete
That happens to me every year, with one veg or another. Last year, I had planned on putting in some overwintering spinach, which didn't happen and this year I wanted to get in a 2nd sowing of peas - ran out of time on that one as well. Next year we'll do better, right? ;)Delete
Congratulations on getting an ear of corn. Looks like a great harvest. Seems like a bad bean year for almost everyone, but those Gold Marie are outstanding. Mine never really got off the ground due to some disease I have't identified.ReplyDelete
Thanks David! I'm not sure if I have some sort of disease on the Gold Marie vines or not - I've had a couple of leaves get almost black with what looks like some sort of mold, but it doesn't seem to be spreading.Delete
Excellent variety and quantity of harvests. Looks like it won't be long before you get to enjoy fully-matured corn. What variety is that?ReplyDelete
The corn is Dorinny Sweet from Baker Creek - It's obviously one tough variety as well as being delicious, so I'll definitely be growing it again.Delete
YUM! Love the harvests. Are you doing jelly out of plums or just for eating? Nice find with corn.ReplyDelete
I wasn't actually sure what to do with all the plums and I was tossing around the idea of sorbet, but jelly sounds like a great way to use them up also. I'll have to dig up a recipe as I've never made jelly before, only jam.Delete
Your tomatoes and peppers look so beautiful and perfect. And you're getting such an amazing variety of foodstuff from your garden.ReplyDelete
That's awful about the critter that keeps tearing up your corn, makes me wonder what it is. Maybe a badger or maybe juvenile raccoons that don't know enough about corn.
We are actually thinking it may be a skunk - our lawn has been torn up quite a bit recently & when we looked up what could have caused all those small dug up patches, skunks came up. I think I read that they do like corn as well - but really, who doesn't ;) - so they are a definite suspect.Delete
I am so so so so so jealous of your tomatoes! We've still not gotten anything yet. The plants are loaded. We've had HOT weather. And still---they just sit there GREEN. ARGH!!
Maddening. About as maddening as your corn patch this year. Still no clue what it was??
Hubby set a trap for a coon in ours and baited it with marshmallows. No takers. That must have been a fluke last year with the big one he caught. Still never figured out what knocked down a bunch of mine and chewed the ends. "IT" never came back.
Have a good week, Margaret!
Ugh...how frustrating with the tomatoes! I had a super late tomato season a couple of years ago & I think I didn't get a ripe tomato until September, so I can totally sympathize.Delete
I was just commenting to Phuong that we now think it may have been a skunk - we do have one of those live traps that we have used for a squirrel that got into the attic, but I'm thinking I'll pass on trying to trap a skunk.....phew!
I hope you get that ripe tomato in your hands VERY soon!
Congratulations on your corn! And what an amazing selection of harvests this week! My garden is just dismal this year, so I'm super impressed and jealous of yours.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jennifer. And I would NOT say your garden is anywhere near dismal - quite frankly, I can't believe all you accomplished!Delete
Nice harvests. I had trouble with my beans this year too. Some disease took them down this year, but not the typical rust that we always have. In fact I didn't see any rust at all. I think the other disease killed them too fast.ReplyDelete
I'm also seeing some sort of yellowing/moldy kind of thing on the Gold Marie Bean leaves, which is yet another reason why I'm pulling down the vines. It seems to be the year of the bean (in a bad way)!Delete
We'd love to have corn, but I think the space vs output doesn't justify growing it, at least for us, given that we're working with 36 square feet of soil...ReplyDelete
What do you think of the taste and texture of the Bloody Butchers?
I agree on the corn - it's a great crop, but only if you have the space, which is why I waited until this year to grow it (I added 5 new beds).Delete
I really like the Bloody Butchers, both taste and texture - I did a comparison last year between all the varieties I grew, including Bloody Butcher: http://homegrown-adventuresinmygarden.blogspot.ca/2014/11/end-of-season-review-tomatoes-part-2.html. They have almost everything going for them and I will definitely continue to grow them.
That ear of corn is just perfect. Great varied harvest and those plums I am envious.ReplyDelete
Thanks Norma. The plums are a definite treat - one we have been waiting on for a long time, especially in this quantity.Delete
Congrats on your first corn, it looks juicy and tender. I'll have to give corn a go someday, love those Hungarian Wax, I remember reading the peppers on your two HW were growing at opposite directions, do they taste the same or one is spicier?ReplyDelete
I haven't tasted the peppers raw as we normally eat those as pickled peppers. I actually just got around to canning a batch of them yesterday & I did remember to keep the two varieties separate (which I didn't do the first time I picked them - they all got mixed together in the fridge).Delete
So now I have several jars of each variety plus a couple of "mixed" ones. We probably won't be cracking open a jar for a while, but now that you asked, I'll make sure to give them a taste the next time I have some ripe ones & report back.
That ear of corn was a sweet find. I hope you get to enjoy more. Gold Marie certainly produced well for you, over 7 pounds, fantastic. I do love this time of year in the garden, although it can be a bit overwhelming.ReplyDelete
You are so right when you say that it can get overwhelming, as it's not just the harvesting but what really takes the work is the prep afterwards. I spent all afternoon/evening yesterday canning, blanching & freezing and was exhausted afterwards.Delete
I'm determined not to fall behind like I did last year and then have a mountain of veg to deal with. Although technically I am behind as I was also supposed to seed a bed yesterday which I didn't get to do. My "to do" list is always bigger than the number of hours in a day.
Those are some lovely Pepperoncinos! I never found a variety that looked like the pickled ones I got at the pizza parlor. Yours look exactly like them.ReplyDelete
Well, thank you very much, Dave - I was equally happy when I saw them on the plant; they are exactly what I was looking for and they are VERY prolific I purchased the seed from Pinetree - as an fyi for your seed order next year ;)Delete
Hi Margaret, At least one ear of corn must be encouraging when it was so tasty! Maybe next year you will have better luck. I am considering growing a little corn in a plastic tote. I wonder how that would do! Your harvest pictures are so pretty in the baskets! So colorful that it makes you want to eat them. NancyReplyDelete
Thanks Nancy! I do love baskets & can't pass by a thrift store without checking their basket section! And the corn was amazing, Nancy - I had pretty much given up on the patch, even though I saw those mini-ears developing on some of the stalks.Delete
I love surprise crops and it sounds like the corn was a real treat. Your onion look wonderful and your tomatoes and peppers too.ReplyDelete
Thanks Rachel! Some things seem to be doing really well this year, which always makes up for those that are not.Delete
You sure do get an impressive harvest from your garden each week, Margaret! Do you ever grow Italian green beans? We received some in our vegetable share, and I'm looking for recipe ideas. I might simply sautee them in butter and garlic, and maybe add some chopped onions. Yum!ReplyDelete
Thank you Beth! The Gold Marie are a yellow Romano bean, so they are basically the same as Italian green beans (which are also Romano beans), other than the colour. I usually blanch them for a couple of minutes before using them in a dish - your butter/garlic idea sound delicious!Delete
One of my favourites is to sauté onion & garlic, then add diagonally cut beans & chopped tomatoes & let this simmer away until the beans are cooked (I use either raw or blanched beans for this one). I added one of my spicy blistered Padrons the last time I made this and it was amazing.
Hurrah that you got at least one ear of corn! I gave up planting corn my self because the raccoons always harvested it right before I was ready to. It just became too frustrating.You certainly are getting an amazing and diverse harvest from your garden right now. Enjoy it!ReplyDelete
Thank you Lexa - I can definitely see giving up on corn because of the racoons. The only sure-fire way of protecting corn, from what I've read, is an electric fence & that's something I'll likely never put up.Delete
It really is all about the small victories, isn't it? Congrats on your cob...there's nothing like homegrown corn!ReplyDelete
Very true - I harvested a boatload of beans, but it was the tiny cob of corn that took center stage ;)Delete
Wow homegrown corn. Love the names of the tomatoes, some of them are proper whoppersReplyDelete
You are right about that - I shudder to think what kind of person would have come up with a name like Bloody Butcher...yikes!Delete