Wow! I mean WOW!!! The weather last week was absolutely perfect!! Sunny and in the low to mid 70’s all week with overnight lows in the 50’s. You just don’t get any better than that! And here it is October 20th and we still haven’t had our first frost! That is so unusual for us. There have been years when we have had snow by this point in October.
The main advantage of no frost is this! We are still picking ripe tomatoes at a pretty good rate. This plants are still looking pretty good for this late in the year, and despite a aphid infestation they are still producing strong.
Here’s the big picking for the week which came on Friday evening. 14 pounds in this box. Combined with a few from the borrowed garden we had 20 pounds again. That was more than enough for another batch of tomatoes but we are out of bottles so instead this box is going to be used fresh all week in a bunch of yummy soups!!
I was ripping out the last of the pumpkin vines on Saturday when I came across this little surprise. I had totally forgotten that back in July I planted a small hill of zucchini in a empty spot. This was an experiment to see how late I could plant zucchini and still get fruit. I planted this on on July 23rd. Only a few weeks later the pumpkin vines over ran this section of the garden and I promptly forgot this plant was even there! Well it turns out you can get fruit planting that late. There is one nice sized fruit that I picked Saturday and another is set and should develop as long as this weather holds.
The kids were excited to see the zucchini and they all begged Valerie to make the chocolate zucchini bread recipe that she discovered last week. Okay lets face it, this recipe isn’t really healthy but it sure is delicious, I will have to get her to post the recipe soon.
The warm weather is also helping our very late planted lettuce crop. All of these plants are finally well established and starting to grow again but all the rainy weather in August and September really set back our fall garden and I’m afraid it is going to turn into a spring garden instead. We’ll see, but our window for growth is really getting small. I think I may end up overwintering all these plants instead of harvesting them this fall.
We had a nice little picking of strawberries again this week. I think we may have one more picking at the end of the week and then they will be done for the year. The patch is in a spot where it doesn’t get much sun this time of year so they are really slowing down.
I also noticed that the fall broccoli is starting to head up. Now we need a good frost to sweeten it up and kill all the dang aphids that are attacking the plants!!
Not pictured are another zucchini and a few cucumbers that were picked throughout the week.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Tomatoes – 6 lbs
Zucchini – 3 lbs
Tomatoes – 16 lbs
Strawberries – .75 lbs
Cucumbers – 1.25 lbs
Total – 21 lbs
Our total for the home garden is now a respectable 618 pounds which really is pretty good considering we didn’t get any melons this year from the home garden. The other big news is that our tomato total reached 157 pounds. That exceeds last years total by a pound and gives us our biggest tomato harvest ever!! And we will really shatter the record because I’m sure we will get at least 10 to 15 more pounds this week!
We will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!