Harvest Monday - August 29, 2016
The big harvest this past week was the onions. And they were pretty much the disappointment that I thought they would be:
|Onion harvest curing on rack|
I set aside any runty onions or those that had bolted for immediate use & these are included in this weeks tally. The “runts” this year are particularly small.
|Onion runts & bolters|
The Ailsa Craigs and Rossa di Milanos weren’t nearly as bad, but still not comparable to prior harvests:
|Rossa di Milano & Ailsa Craig Onions|
The broccoli side shoots have really started to get going:
|Arcadia side shoots....from 2 plants!|
(and a Taxi tomato that was destined for a salad)
The peppers are coming in at a good rate:
|From top left: Carmen, Jimmy Nardello, Orange Blaze, Odessa|
|From top left: Stocky Red Roaster, Melrose, Orange Blaze,|
Ostra Cyklon, Odessa, Pepperoncino, Jimmy Nardello
This is definitely turning out to be a good sweet pepper year, something I've strived for as I've usually had a much harder time growing sweet vs hot peppers.
The pepper harvests are not without their issues, though. Some of the peppers that were touching the ground ended up being nibbled:
|Nibbled Carmen pepper|
|Inside of damaged pepper|
|BER took over half of the Opalka harvest last year, in addition to|
numerous tomatoes from other varieties
As I mentioned in my last post, 2 of my 3 tomato beds are sick.
The two beds that are sick each had an instigator - one sick tomato variety - and the disease is now spreading to the rest of the bed.
The instigator in Bed #1 was Taxi:
|Bed #2...this one will likely be the first to get pulled|
|Stink bug...this guy was a Speedy Gonzales,|
so this was about as good a photo as I could get...
|Bed #12...so far so good.|
|Trail of Tears|
More cucumbers were harvested:
|From left: Garden Sweet, Chelsea Prize, Summer Dance, Lemon|
|Hurray - this purchase was a loooong time coming :|
Speaking of squash – I harvested the first winter squash – a Jing Orange.
|Jing Orange, scallop & Romanesco squash|
together with a Caribe potato that I unearthed while weeding
And lastly, I had to include this pic of a feeding frenzy on the goldfinch feeder:
|Not the best photo as it was taken through a window|
using the zoom on my phone, but you get the picture...
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli – 1,653 grams (3.64 lbs)
Cucumbers – 3,505 grams (7.73 lbs)
Onions – 782 grams (1.72 lbs)
Snap Peas – 66 grams (0.15 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 1,986 grams (4.38 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 118 grams (0.26 lbs)
Potatoes – 236 grams (0.52 lbs)
Summer Squash – 1,988 grams (4.38 lbs)
Winter Squash – 1,525 grams (3.36 lbs)
Tomatoes – 11,456 grams (25.26 lbs)
Total for Week – 23,315 grams (51.40 lbs)
Total to Date – 145.31 kg (320.35 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.