We have had two weeks in a row of blessed relief from the summer heat. Temperatures here in Utah have been in the low 80’s all week. It has been very pleasant!! The cooler temperatures have really slowed the ripening of the last of our summer crops but the cooler temps are really helping the fall crops! I guess that’s the trade off this time of year.
We saw a major slow down in the ripening tomatoes this week. We canned one small batch of 3 quarts this week and I think that will be the last of our canning. We ended up with about the same amount of canned tomatoes this year as last, we were hoping for more but the summer heat really hurt our tomatoes. Unless we are surprised with another really big picking I think we are done canning and we will just enjoy eating the rest fresh!!
The one exception to the tomato slow down is the Sun Sugar Tomatoes. They have really taken off the last couple of weeks so we have loads of cherry tomatoes to snack on!
This is Tuesdays harvest. The beans have started to produce again, just a small handful every few days but that’s just about right for us.
Here’s what we picked on Wednesday. More tomatoes and the ever present cucumbers. We are starting to get tired of cucumbers, we gave away more this week than we ate.
This week was the week for Crenshaw Melons. We harvested 3 beautiful melons this week. The larger one on the left was cut up for breakfast yesterday. Wow! It was great, sweet and perfect!
The raspberries are still giving us a nice picking about every other day. The strawberries are pretty much done for a little while. No more fruit at the moment but quite a few blossoms so we should have one more good round of berries in a couple of weeks.
Here’s a harvest we haven’t seen for a few months. We cut this Vates Kale from a couple of plants that I planted way back last summer. The plants went to seed this spring but I cut them back after I harvested the seeds and they have started to grow again. The plants are huge, I’m tempted to put a hoop house over them and see if they make it through another winter.
Here’s Saturdays harvest. If you look closely on the left had side of the photo you will see the first of the fall peas. A few snow peas and a few shelling peas!!
Sunday I took a quick walk through the garden just to see how things were doing, I really didn’t expect to find much but I came back inside with more than 7 pounds of produce. The harvest included the first of the fall planting of blue lake bush beans and that great looking patty pan squash.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Cucumbers – 7.5 lbs
Beans – .50 lbs
Zucchini – 3.75 lbs
Patty Pan – 1.5 lbs
Tomatoes – 10.75 lbs
Crenshaw – 15.75 lbs
Watermelon – 4 lbs
Celery – .50 lbs
Peppers – .75 lbs
Peas – .10 lbs
Strawberries – .50 lbs
Raspberries – .90 lbs
Kale – .25 lbs
Total – 46.75 lbs
That brings our annual total to 394.95 pounds. It’s amazing how quickly the poundage adds up this time of year. It was only 3 weeks ago that we broke the 200 pound mark and now we are only one watermelon away from 400! We will have a couple more really big weeks because the winter squash and potatoes are about ready. Then things will really slow down as we move into the cooler months of fall. Can you believe we are only about two weeks away from our first possible frost!!