Monday Harvest Report 9-10-2012

Hi guys!!  This week we will be joining Daphne’s Dandelions for the Monday Harvest report and An Oregon Cottage for the Tuesday Garden Party.

Finally the hot weather has broken!!  Every day but one last week was in the 80’s instead of the 90’s.  And this week we actually have some 70’s in the forecast!  That will help the fall garden out a lot and should still be warm enough to finish up the summer stuff.

We had another great week in the garden with over 50 pounds harvested.  We broke the 300 pound mark this week.  The summer crops are slowing down.  Most of the tomatoes are done, I think we will have one more really good week with tomatoes and then they will just trickle in for the rest of the fall.  All the cantaloupe is done,we have about 4 watermelon still to ripen and 6 or so crenshaws.  The peppers and summer squashes have slowed their growth but both will still give us a good harvest for a few weeks, and I expect enough cucumbers for maybe one more batch of pickles.

The rush of tomatoes has meant we have been doing a lot of canning.  This batch is from Monday.  We did a total of 12 quarts this week.

We had a nice harvest on Monday, lots of cucumbers tomatoes and watermelon all week.

We are getting a nice harvest of raspberries about every other day now.  That will continue for another couple of weeks.

We are in a slower time for strawberries.  But they are setting more blossoms so we should have one more rush before the fall frost.  I may even put a hoop house over them in October.

This is the mid week harvest.  That is the last cantaloupe for the year along with our one and only Sugar Baby melon.  It was a pretty sorry excuse for a melon but it tasted great!

Given the fall slow down I’m seeing this will probably be the last time I have to use a box to bring in the harvest.  Notice the nice picking of beans, the summer plants are starting to produce again and we will start to see a harvest from the fall planting I did in July this week.

We had another nice picking of raspberries and a few more strawberries on Saturday morning, these went straight to our pan cakes for breakfast!!

Two more nice sized melons on Saturday.  The melons are ripening at the perfect rate this year.  We always have one in the fridge to eat but they haven’t  been overwhelming at all this year.

Here’s this weeks totals:

Watermelon – 27.50 lbs

Tomatoes – 13.50 lbs

Peppers – 1.25 lbs

Cantaloupe – 1.75 lbs

Cucumbers – 7.50 lbs

Beans – .45 lbs

Strawberries – .75 lbs

Raspberries – .50 lbs

Eggs 21

Total – 53.20 lbs

This week brings our annual total to 348.30 lbs or about 43% of our goal for the  year.  I hope the main summer garden will give us about 100 more pounds over the next 3 or so weeks.  Then we have the potatoes and the pumpkins which will be pretty big numbers.  Then it’s up to the fall and early winter garden to get us over that 800 pound goal!!  We’ll see.  The pumpkin number will be pretty big but I’m still worried about those potatoes.


  1. Dave Velten September 10, 2012 9:45 am Reply

    Nice time of year. Your fill of berries and melons and all the tomatoes you can can. And cool weather to do it in! With the heat and humidity around here and no air conditioning, I would not even consider firing up a water bath canner.

  2. crafty_cristy September 10, 2012 9:48 am Reply

    I would sure take that Sugar Baby watermelon, even if you called it a “sorry excuse for a melon.” I think it’s beautiful. 2 years in a row I have tried to grow watermelons for my 7 year old son. I finally have one tiny watermelon on the plant. I hope we get it ripe before winter sets in.

  3. sustainably modern September 10, 2012 10:34 am Reply

    Our melons were a bust this year. None of them were ripe even though the vines were brown…go figure.

  4. Mrs.Pickles September 10, 2012 11:19 am Reply
  5. zentMRS September 10, 2012 1:04 pm Reply

    How are your watermelons? We tried them last year and, though we grew lots of them, they weren’t that sweet. I’m trying to figure out what we should do to fix that.

  6. Jenny September 10, 2012 6:19 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous harvest! So jealous of those melons!

  7. Norma Chang September 10, 2012 7:01 pm Reply

    Quite a watermelon harvest. What are you going to do with so many?

  8. Nancy Davis September 10, 2012 7:16 pm Reply

    You are still getting a nice lot of harvest! Quite a nice variety. My raspberries are starting to produce more since we have had some rain! Nancy

  9. Shawn Ann September 11, 2012 6:49 am Reply

    I love berries on my pancakes! You had a great harvest! I wish I could get my strawberries to grow a bit better. Maybe next year.

  10. maryhysong September 11, 2012 8:43 pm Reply

    wow, love those melons and berries! What an awesome harvest week you had!

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