You have been hearing this a lot from me this year, but it was another hot week!! At least 95 every day with one day over 100. The tomatoes sure don’t like this!!
We did get a chance to get out to the garden a few times this week and get the rest of the fall/winter garden planting done. These are some broccoli starts I bought from a local nursery. I’m not usually a big fan of buying starts (here lately I’ve been growing them all myself). But Glover Nursery did a really good job with these starts. They look healthy and aren’t leggy so I’m pretty happy.
Here’s why I decided to buy some nursery starts, these are my pathetic broccoli and cabbage starts. I got them started in late June just as I had planned, but I really neglected them. For some reason this time of year I just can’t seem to remember to take care of my starts. So I tucked the few survivors into this out of the way bed and mulched them with some grass clippings. We will see how they do!
We got the seeds planted for all of our fall and winter lettuce. Along with the lettuce we also planted some kohlrabi to go into one of the hoop houses. I’ve set an alarm on my phone to remind me to check my starts every day so that these will do better!!
We also planted this bed with spinach and Swiss Chard (mostly spinach). As soon as these plants germinate we will put the cold frame on the bed without the lids. I’m then going to cover the frame with some light row cover cloth to keep the flies that lay the leaf miner eggs out!!
We had another great harvest week. The slow trickle of early girl tomatoes continues. The cucumbers are really starting to produce well and we had the first large picking from the strawberries.
Later in the week we had a big harvest of green bell peppers along with another tomato, more cukes and a hand full of green beans.
Friday night gave us a lot more cucumbers, a nice zucchini a few small peppers that I pick because they were in the way of other peppers or were just growing in funny spots on the plants. Also we had almost a pound of strawberries.
Friday also brought us the first ripe “real” tomato. This one is a “celebrity” and is the first ripe fruit on one of our regular tomato plants. Many more to come in the next few weeks!!!
I also harvested two different seed varieties. The first are seeds I saved from our over wintered Swiss Chard plants.
The second are seeds from our favorite red lettuce that we call “Larry’s Red” named after the friend that gave us the seed. I only got a small amount of seeds from these. The plants were just starting to produce seed but they were in the way and we needed to pull them out and get our spinach in, so I harvested all that were ready and I’ll just have to try again next year.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Bell Peppers – 3.35 lbs
Cucumbers – 4.35 lbs
Zucchini – 1 lbs
Tomatoes – 1 lbs
Onions – .75 lbs
Strawberries – 1.25 lbs
Beans – .30 lbs
Eggs – 24
Total Produce - 11 lbs
That brings our annual total to 146.15 lbs. We will be joining Daphne’s Dandelions for the Monday Harvest Report as always this week. We will also join An Oregon Cottage for the Tuesday Garden Party this week.