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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!