We had a great harvest week and a great week on the blog as well. Some of our posts were very popular so I thought I’d start a new feature this week and highlight our 3 top posts . Follow the links to see what everyone is so excited about!
1. Building a Grape Arbor – This one was a fresh post from this week about last weekends big project!
3. Canning Pickled Beets – It’s that time of year and a lot of folks checked out our beet recipe!
So anyways that’s our top 3 posts for last week! Be sure to check out this weeks special on our video courses at the bottom of this post!
Now on to this weeks harvest report!
The strawberries are going like crazy!! We love this time of year for strawberries. The summer sun makes them so sweet! We ended up with 3.5 pounds this week!!
This was a very typical harvest for the week. The zucchini was the star of the week! 9 pounds which is a ton of zucchini, way more than we can eat, so we froze quite a bit of it and gave some away. The warm weather crops are really starting to mature this week, you can see the first picking of string beans and the first big picking of cucumbers!
Sun Sugar tomatoes are still our only dependable tomato. Our late planting put us so far behind this year. I’m worried we are not going to have enough “big” tomatoes to meet our canning needs this year!
The raspberries are finally kicking in and we have pickings worth weighing. We ended up with a little less than a pound this week.
This basket was part of Saturdays harvest. More beans and cucumbers and 5 pounds of potatoes for our Monday night dinner. We also picked a bunch more berries and tomatoes but I figured you’d seen enough for one week! 🙂
Here’s a beautiful head of Summer Crisp lettuce. I only got a few heads in this year (again that dang May rain). So I will only have a couple more heads like this.
I promise we planted more herbs than just basil and chamomile, but they seem to be the only ones ready for picking. We have racks of basil drying all over the house!!
I also harvested about half of our onions. This variety is Candy and wow did they do well this year! Holy cow that’s a lot of onions. It’s the same amount we always plant but they did really well this year, with a lot of very big bulbs! These will sit on this screen in the garage for a couple of weeks to cure. About the time they are cured the Copra onions will be ready to harvest and bring in, so the garage is going to smell like onions for a while!! I will wait until these are cured before I weigh them and add them to our totals.
This was a fun discovery. As I was harvesting the onions I came across these. Any one have any idea what they are? I’m assuming they are some kind of bunching onion that got in with our starts by mistake. These all came from one clump in the middle of the onion patch.
I also got all of the fall Cole crops planted Saturday. These were starts I grew myself. I put in 5 kale plants and 16 broccoli (3 different varieties). These won’t be ready for harvest till about November 1st and will get a hoop house a little later in the season.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Tomatoes – 2 lbs
Raspberries – .75 lbs
Strawberries – 3.50 lbs
Zucchini – 9 lbs
Cucumbers – 3.75 lbs
Potatoes – 5.25 lbs
Lettuce – .75 lbs
Herbs – .25 lbs
Beans – .83 lbs
Total – 26.08 lbs
Our annual total is now 245.40 pounds!!
I mentioned earlier that we are running a special on our video courses for the rest of the month. Till August 31st we are offering our courses 2 for 1. If you buy our Year Round Gardening Course for the discounted price of $25 you will get your choice of either our Seed Starting course or our PVC Drip Irrigation course for free!
Here’s how it works. Follow the link above and buy the Year Round Gardening course using the coupon code SA-241-082015. Once you have bought that course I will send you a message using the Udemy.com messaging system and you can tell me which of the other two courses you would like. I will then send you a coupon to get that course for FREE!!
I will be sharing this post on several blog hops this week, including the following: