Be sure to check out yesterdays post on seed saving, if you haven’t already. We our holding our first give away of some Vates Kale seeds and you need to read the post for details on how to win!!
Another hot week with no relief in sight. Temperatures for the next 7 days are going to continue to be 97 or hotter!! Whew, I can’t wait for fall!! I’m afraid this hot weather is really going to effect our tomato crop. It seems like most of our plants have stopped growing and stopped setting fruit because of the heat!!
Another casualty of the heat are the onions. I dug them all on Saturday and most were very small compared to last year. It seemed like I couldn’t keep them moist enough this year. I haven’t weighted them yet but I would imagine we will be half of last years harvest, maybe even less than that!! Ouch!
This week was the first of August, that means it’s time to get busy planting the fall and winter crops. We spent an while on Saturday getting this bed ready and then planting it with carrots. This will be the bulk of our winter carrots this year an this bed will be covered with a cold frame.
You can see our fall peas are coming along. I have them in a lot earlier this year so we should get a good crop. The top of this bed is filled with carrots that are just starting to germinate.
Now to this weeks harvest!
The pepper plants are giving us 2 or three nice peppers every couple of days now. On the left is the first Marketmoore cucumbers. They are an heirloom slicing cucumber that we really love. More beans and a few tomatoes as well.
The heat kept our cabbages from developing as well. I left these in as long as I could but the heads never really got very big. I needed this space for fall crops so I finally decided to pull them this week.
I needed more space for fall crops so we pulled out the broccoli plants on Saturday. I cut the last of the side shoots while I was at it along with a couple of little peppers and more beans.
Also on Saturday we picked another zucchini. The plants look terrible but they keep putting off a fruit about once a week so I guess I will leave them for now. Most of these cucumbers are destined for pickles. I’m trying a new bread and butter fridge pickle this week. I will post the recipe on Thursday.
As I was digging up the onions I came across this surprise. It’s a leek. I didn’t plant this so the start must have been mixed in accidentally with the onion starts. I wish I’d have seen it sooner and I could have mounded it up and blanched the stem!!
Here’s this weeks totals:
Basil – .20 lbs
Zucchini – 1 lbs
Cucumbers – 2.75 lbs
Broccoli – .50 lbs
Peppers – 1 lbs
Beans – .75 lbs
Tomatoes – 1 lbs
Cabbage – 2.25 lbs
Green onion – .25 lbs
Strawberries – .25 lbs
Leeks – .20 lbs
Eggs – 28
Total – 10.15 lbs