Monday Harvest Report 8/27/13

We finally have seen a little break in the hot weather.  This weekend we had a pretty good rain storm and the temperatures drop down into the high 80’s.  It’s a big relief to be out of the 90’s.  But the hot weather is coming back mid week.  Man this has been a hot summer.

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The one advantage to the hot weather is it makes beautiful melons!  We picked the first two Crimson Sweet watermelons this week.  This beauty weighed in at 19.25 pounds!  That is the biggest watermelon we have ever grown here at Stoney Acres.  I know compared to some that is not all that big but I was pretty excited to get an almost 20 pound watermelon from our short season garden.  The other one we picked this week weighed in at a more normal 11 pounds but of the 4 melons left in the patch still ripening 3 of them will come in close to that 20 pound mark.

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Both of the ones we pick this week sliced up beautifully and were perfectly ripe.  If you are interested in my technique for picking the perfect melon click here for a link to an article I wrote about last year.

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The rest of the week was pretty standard fare for this time of the year.  This basket was early in the week.  Lots of cucumbers and the tomatoes are really coming on.  So far we have been able to keep up with the tomatoes eating them fresh and making fresh salsa.  But I checked yesterday and the plants are just loaded with almost ripe fruit.  We will for sure have to start canning this week.

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Here’s the harvest basket from Saturday.  The big news here is our first picking of green beans and a pretty large picking of green peppers.  The green beans went into our Sunday dinner and the peppers will go into the freezer for the winter.

 

Here’s this weeks totals:

Watermelon – 30.50 lbs

Tomatoes – 12.90 lbs

Cucumbers – 5.50 lbs

Lettuce – 3.25 lbs

Patty Pan – 2.50 lbs

Zucchini – 1.90 lbs

Beans – .30 lbs

Peppers – 1.90 lbs

Total 58.75 lbs!!!

That’s our biggest week so far and we finally broke the 100 pound mark.  Our annual total stands at 143.15 pounds 28% of our goal of 510 pounds.  We are looking forward this week to the first of the sweet corn!!

 

I’m linking up this week with Daphne’s Dandelions for the Monday Harvest Report, along with an Oregon Cottage and The Homestead Blog Hop.

12 Comments

  1. Dave Velten August 26, 2013 8:32 am Reply

    Beautiful harvest and that is an amazing watermelon. You’re right about them liking the heat. We visited my in-laws in the Mississippi Delta one July (dumb, but there was a reason why it had to be July). All of the garden was burned out and dead except for okra and watermelon, which were loving it.

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    • Mr. Stoney August 26, 2013 3:51 pm Reply

      Yep, this summer has been good to the melons!! Lots of heat, now if it can just hold out a little longer till everything ripens!!

  2. Michelle August 26, 2013 11:18 am Reply

    That watermelon looks luscious! It would never had a chance of ripening in my garden where 80° temps are hot days. 🙂

    Are you going to have a big glut of harvests to get you to your 510 lb goal? It seems like so much in so little time. I hope you make it.

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    • Mr. Stoney August 26, 2013 3:50 pm Reply

      Yes Michelle, I still think we will make it. There are 4 watermelon left that will be worth at least 50 pounds. On top of that we still haven’t seen any cantaloupe or crinshaw melons and they will contribute at least another 50 pounds. The tomatoes are just starting to ripen and I expect at least 75 pounds there. Then we have potatoes and onions that will be at least 125 lbs. The sweet corn will be around 30 pounds and add to that more summer squash and green beans. Then you have to include the fall crops, broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce, spinach, carrots. I’m pretty comfortable we will make the 510 or even exceed it. The only thing that might hurt us is if the potatoes don’t come in where I think they will, but the plants look healthy so I’m pretty comfortable. (if you can’t tell I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this).

  3. Patsy August 26, 2013 1:46 pm Reply

    Oh my goodness, that is one yummy looking watermelon! I have never successfully grown even a one pound watermelon, and the four I have now are the size of golf balls, so not much chance this year. The rest of your harvest looks great too!

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  4. Nancy Davis August 26, 2013 1:53 pm Reply

    That watermelon sure looks delicious! You are getting a nice crop now of other things too. It all looks so healthy. Don’t you just love those sungold tomatoes? Nancy

    http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

    • Mr. Stoney August 26, 2013 3:52 pm Reply

      Yes Nancy, this is just our second year with the Sun Golds and they will be a permanent fixture around here.

  5. Mike R August 26, 2013 2:33 pm Reply
  6. Norma Chang August 26, 2013 6:17 pm Reply

    That is one gorgeous looking melon, bet it was sooooo sweet!
    I purchased from our local nursery what was supposed to be a sungold tomato but it turned out to be something else.

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  7. Nancy Davis August 26, 2013 7:05 pm Reply

    I hope it is okay to leave the Freezer Dill Pickle recipe here. It is so easy.
    4 cups cucumbers sliced and packed
    2 cups of sliced white onions
    4 tsp. plain salt
    2 tbsp. water
    3/4 to 1 cup of sugar
    1/2 cup vinegar (I use the white)
    1 1/2 tsp dill weed
    Mix cucumber, onions, salt and water in a glass bowl. Let stand 2 hrs and drain. Put back in bowl and add sugar, vinegar and dill. Let stand until sugar dissolves and stir some. Pack in plastic freezer containers. Enjoy! Nancy

    http://cozythymecottage.blogspot.com/

    • Mr. Stoney August 26, 2013 7:15 pm Reply

      Thanks Nancy!!

  8. Bee Girl August 27, 2013 6:06 am Reply

    Oh, that watermelon! How amazing to have such a gorgeous melon! Congrats on great harvests this week!

    http://skymindedandevergrowing.blogspot.com

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