Harvest Monday - August 22, 2016
The big news lately is that our drought seems to have finally ended. We have had quite a bit of rain over the past week - so much so that I’ve actually turned off all of the drip timers for now. The grass and ornamental beds (and weeds, unfortunately) are loving it.
This past week, the harvest story begins with the corn:
These were the only cobs left after a few rainfalls. Prior to the rain, there were easily 10 or so cobs on the plants. I’m actually thinking that my pepper spray worked at keeping the mystery muncher away from the corn. However, once the rains washed it away, the cobs quickly disappeared.
And this is the truly sad part of the story. I didn't do my homework on when to harvest the corn. I should have harvested the corn before the rains. Because it was ready. But I didn’t realize it was ready. Until it was too late.
The cobs that I did end up harvesting looked pretty good – although they were quite small once the husks were peeled back:
|Small, but they filled out not too badly|
And now for the tomatoes:
|In this basket: Brandywine, Taxi, Sungold, Costoluto Genovese|
and the mystery cherry tomato
|From top left: Taxi, Super Sweet 100, Sungold, Sugar Snaps|
|From top left: A single Mountain Magic, Sungold, Juliet,|
Taxi, Cherokee Purple, Bloody Butcher
|Top row: Mystery cherry, Speckled Roman, Juliet|
Middle Row: Cherokee Purple, Costoluto Genovese, Brandywine
Bottom Row: Opalka, Amos Coli, Orange Blossom, Sungold
|From the top left: Juliet, Sungold, Mountain Magic, Taxi, Bloody Butcher|
|Don't think I've ever seen a growth quite like this before|
The peppers are also doing really well, with a lot more colour showing up in the harvest basket:
|From the top: Pepperoncino, Melrose, Odessa, Jimmy Nardello,|
Stocky Red Roaster, Jalapeno & Corne de Chevre in the middle
One of the Stocky Red Roaster plants had leaned over into the Melrose plant so I ended up picking a couple of green ones by mistake. We don't mind green peppers around here, so we will still make good use of them.
A Tromboncino squash joins a basket of peppers:
|Tromboncino together with a pepper medley|
|From left to right - Tromboncino, Garden Sweet, Lemon,|
Summer Dance, Suyo Long
|Ping Tung, Long Green and Chelsea Prize cucumber|
|Mini Napa - trimmed|
A couple of Romanescos and a scallop squash were harvested:
|Still having issues with pollination on the Romanesco's obviously....|
The Cherokee Trail of Tears, however, I have grown before, so I’ve harvested a bunch of mature pods and am letting them dry out on newspaper. These don't get included into the tally until they are dried and shelled.
In the past I've waited until the pods are almost completely purple before harvesting which has worked out well, but I'm wondering if they need to be completely purple, or if I can start to harvest them when they are fully formed and just starting to turn purple. So this year, I've decided to do a bit of a test and am harvesting some of the pods at the earlier stage and keeping them separate from the others.
|Cherokee Trail of Tears|
And lastly, I also harvested a few of the larger Ailsa Craig onions as their tops had flopped & we were expecting rain:
Also harvested this week but not photographed were a nice bunch of Romano beans.
My harvest totals this week were:
Romano Beans – 562 grams (1.24 lbs)
Chinese Cabbage (trimmed) – 892 grams (1.97 lbs)
Cucumbers – 1,674 grams (3.69 lbs)
Eggplant – 374 grams (0.82 lbs)
Snap Peas – 172 grams (0.38 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 1,258 grams (2.77 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 810 grams (1.79 lbs)
Summer Squash – 3,959 grams (8.73 lbs)
Tomatoes – 33,050 grams (72.86 lbs) – a record week!
Total for Week – 42,751 grams (94.25 lbs)
Total to Date – 122 kg (268.95 lbs)
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.
I'll end this post with a photo that inspires me to let more volunteer dill grow throughout my garden: