Monday Harvest Report 9-17-2012

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

Eggs 20

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!!

Be sure to check out what other gardeners are doing around the world by checking out the Monday Harvest report at Daphne’s Dandelions and the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage.


  1. foodgardenkitchen September 17, 2012 11:20 am Reply

    Congrats on such a great harvest! You’re picking things that we don’t normally see together – like melons and snow peas.

  2. Mrs.Pickles September 17, 2012 11:21 am Reply
  3. Shawn Ann September 17, 2012 11:51 am Reply

    that is one great looking patty pan! The whole harvest looks great. You are still getting a lot!

  4. Jenny September 17, 2012 12:08 pm Reply

    Beautiful harvest! Love the melons and berries especially.

  5. Patsy September 17, 2012 2:00 pm Reply

    Oh my, everything you harvested looks fresh and gorgeous! Tomatoes and cucumbers and zucchini! Mine are all done and over, so they just look so good to me. Very nice harvests!

  6. Nancy Davis September 17, 2012 3:20 pm Reply

    Nice harvest still. Isn’t it fun to keep getting a nice little variety! The Sun Gold Tomatoes really do look deliciou. Your cukes look good too. I am really going to miss ours as think they are done and I saw two sugar peas on the vines today that aren’t quite ready! Nancy

  7. kitsapFG September 17, 2012 9:56 pm Reply

    Your slow down in tomatoes is my peak of production LOL! Glad the weather has continued to cut you a break. The garden is definitely producing well for you.

  8. Michelle September 17, 2012 10:31 pm Reply

    Ah, how funny, your cool weather is what I wish our weather would warm up to! Are your really only 2 weeks from your possible first frost? Wow. I guess I shouldn’t complain about the weather here, I really don’t expect the first frost until the end of November or early December. I wish I could grow melons like those beauties, but that weather thing just doesn’t allow it. Ok, enough about the weather. Lovely harvests!

  9. Norma Chang September 18, 2012 5:51 am Reply

    Love the color of the Sun Sugar Tomatoes. You sure had a bountiful and beautiful varied harvest. We are not too far from the first possible frost.

  10. Yael from Home Garden Diggers September 18, 2012 10:39 am Reply

    Congratulations on your wonderful harvest. Even with it slowing down, it is impressive.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

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