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
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.