The weather can be summed up in one word. HOT! High 90’s all week with one day over 100. We may not be loving it, but the tomatoes and melons are just soaking it in. I swear they have both added 2 feet of growth in the last 7 days! I will try to get out and do a tour of the garden later in the week but things are looking fantastic. I noticed some little baby cucumbers and peppers today!
The first photo I need to show is of the garlic! I keep forgetting to mention that I harvested my garlic about 10 days ago. It’s been sitting in the garage drying. This was a pretty small crop this year. I don’t even know the variety, it was some garlic we picked up at the farmers market last year and liked. It was all we had around in October so I put in a few cloves. Only 12 bulbs total but they are all healthy and large. Next year we will try to get about twice as much as this.
We had the first of the real summer crops this week. Our black beauty Zucchini had the first two fruit ready on the 16th. That is only 54 days from the seeds going into the ground! The seeds went in May 22nd. I’m sure everyone has them that quick but if you think about it that’s pretty amazing from seed to harvest in less than 60 day!! One more reason I love gardening.
Here’s another reason! It’s moving into the time of year when the harvest no longer fits in the basket and we have to move to a box!! Broccoli, Strawberries, the first two real tomatoes, the last kohlrabi and potatoes. Look at that big potato. It weighed in at a full pound!! We chopped them up with some sausage, onions and peppers, put them in some foil and grilled them for 40 minutes. Oh man they were fantastic!! So fresh and moist they didn’t even need ketchup!
The one of the zucchini was sliced up and grilled to go along with the Sunday potatoes!! Yum!
This weeks harvest included the following:
Strawberries – 1 lbs
Green Onions – .25 lbs
Kohlrabi – .75 lbs
Potatoes – 4.50 lbs
Broccoli – .50 lbs
Tomatoes – .50 lbs
Zucchini – 2.35 lbs
Total – 9.85 lbs
Just under 10 pounds puts us over the 100 pound mark this year! Our annual total is 107.58 pounds. Here’s the funny thing. It has taken us 6 1/2 months of the year to get to 100 pounds. In the next 3 months we will harvest another 400 to 600 pounds!!
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!