So what’s new this week? Well, let me think….oh yes – a lot!
One of the most anticipated first harvests of the season:
|First tomatoes of the season|
I had to pick off the majority of the green Opalka tomatoes as they all had blossom end rot. No point in allowing the plant to invest more energy into maturing these doomed tomatoes when it can be devoting it to producing healthy fruits instead.
|Blossom end rot on Opalka tomatoes|
My husband was excited to see the first of the Hungarian Wax peppers come into the kitchen – they are a favourite pickled pepper:
|Hungarian Hot Wax|
|Baker Creek Hungarian Hot Wax|
All the peppers hang down
|William Dam Hungarian Hot Wax|
All the peppers point up
Next up was the garlic harvest:
|Garlic bed just before harvest|
I like to keep the varieties separate, so I placed each one in a separate bag that I had already labeled with a Sharpie.
|Garlic bundles ready to be hung|
|Copra (left), Rossa di Milano (bottom right), Camelot (top right)|
The garlic and onions are added to the tally only after they are cured & prepped for storage. The only ones included in this week’s tally are the onions that I consider to be “runts” – those that are too small to store & will go straight from harvest to kitchen - plus a Rossa di Milano where the stem broke off when it was being harvested.
|Lemon & Chelsea Prize Cucumber|
|Contender & Extra Precoce Violetto|
|Aphids on chamomile stem|
Also harvested but not photographed were a few more handfuls of sugar snap peas. I haven’t pulled the vines yet & now, of course, we are having some wet weather. It’s supposed to dry out a bit this afternoon, so I’ll be picking them off then – I hope they don’t get moldy on me.
My harvest totals this week were:
Green Beans – 216 grams (0.48 lbs)
Fava Beans (shelled) – 36 grams (0.08 lbs)
Broccoli – 302 grams (0.67 lbs)
Cucumbers – 496 grams (1.09 lbs)
Onions – 796 grams (1.75 lbs)
Sugar Snap Peas – 246 grams (0.54 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 336 grams (0.74 lbs)
Tomatoes – 58 grams (0.13 lbs)
Chamomile – 36 grams (0.08 lbs)
Total for Week – 2,522 grams (5.56 lbs)
Total to Date – 37.24 kg (82.09 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…