Harvest Monday - September 5, 2016
Well, we had quite the unexpected treat come out of the garden last week.
First ever fig...
All I can say is...gimme!
I actually forgot to weigh it in all the excitement, so the weight is an estimate of about an ounce (28grams) – in this case, it’s not so much about the weight but keeping track of when I harvested, which I do in the tables that detail how much was harvested.
There are more figs developing on the trees, but they are all still teeny tiny. We are supposed to have a warm fall, so there is a chance they may reach maturity before they have to come inside. Worse comes to worse, I may have to leave them in front of the patio door for a few weeks before I move them to the basement.
The other, long awaited harvest this past week was the chard:
From the left: Bright Lights, Fordhook Giant & Peppermint Chard
And no, this was not from a fall planting. I transplanted the seedlings back in May and they just sat there for the longest time as they were being shaded by the lettuce. The lettuce was pulled over a month ago and the chard has finally had an opportunity to flourish. I really enjoy having chard on hand for winter use, so it was all frozen as I don’t know how much more I will end up harvesting. The same goes for the kale, which was shaded out by the kohlrabi for a good chunk of the summer – it’s now attained a good size and I’ll be harvesting it this coming week.
And more tomatoes...of course.
Box of tomatoes including Sungold, Speckled Roman, Opalka, Amish Paste, Juliet
and the mystery large cherry. Also in the box are a couple of Orange Blaze bell peppers.
Amos Coli (which is very susceptible to stem end cracking apparently)
& Opalka paste tomatoes together with the last Orange Blossom
The peppers are also doing great & we had a first harvest for a couple of the varieties:
Chervena Chushka and Lemon Drop (aka Aji Limon)
Stocky Red Roaster, Jimmy Nardello & Anaheim
Long Green Thai Eggplant & more Chervena Chushka
Summer Dance cucumbers & Arcadia side-shoots
Also harvested but not photographed (or included in the tally) were more Trail of Tears and Speckled Cranberry beans, that are currently drying out in the garage.
In other news, we had a fatality in the squash patch. My husband decided to run the mower on the hill – even though I have told him not to – and he ran over one of the vines that had a fully formed Zao Feng winter squash on it…argh!! And yes – I made him feel guilty about it for the rest of the day, especially as that was one of only 3 squash I’ll likely harvest from the bales. BTW – the bale plants are actually doing great – they are huge – the only issue is that they have been very late in setting fruit, which is likely my fault as they had a rough start to the season.
My harvest totals this week were:
Broccoli - 644 grams (1.42 lbs)
Cucumbers - 750 grams (1.65 lbs)
Eggplant - 458 grams (1.01 lbs)
Figs - 28 grams (0.06 lbs)
Sweet Peppers - 1,528 grams (3.37 lbs)
Hot Peppers - 408 grams (0.90 lbs)
Swiss Chard - 2,380 grams (5.25 lbs)
Tomatoes - 12,767 grams (28.15 lbs)
Total for Week – 18.9 kg (41.81 lbs)
Total to Date – 164.27 kg (362.16 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.