Monday Harvest Report – August 18, 2014

It was a beautiful week this week. It was a mix of clouds and sun, we even got a little rain but not nearly as much as last week. Temperatures are still in the high 80’s and low 90’s. According to the weather forecast the 90’s are going to stick around for a while. I have to admit I’m looking forward to September just so we have some relief from the heat!!

Green Brandywine Tomato

The garden keeps threatening to overwhelm us but it hasn’t yet. Still a pretty steady rate of production but not enough to really require us to get the canner out yet. I feel like the tomatoes are a little slow this year but I think it’s just me being inpatient. I went back and checked my records and we are about on schedule compared to the last 3 years. I just look at the plants with all those green tomatoes and think I only have 6 weeks of ripening weather left, they better hurry up!!

Harvest - Cucumbers

You can see from this harvest basket that the cucumbers are starting to come on fairly strong. We had enough this week to make our first batch of refrigerator pickles! But most of them are still just being gobbled up by the kids. It’s taken years of training but the past two years the kids have really started loving fresh cucumbers. You can also see in this harvest we had another great picking of broccoli side shoots.

Broccoli Side Shoots - 2014

I’ve never had broccoli do this well with side shoots. We are actually getting enough now that we have started freezing a little for winter!!

Early Girl Tomatoes - 2014

The early girl tomatoes continue to be our only tomatoes producing, that will change this week but is has been nice to have them! We have had a steady flow since early July and now they are putting out enough that we are making homemade salsa once a week!

Freezing Strawberries - 2014

We had a big picking of strawberries on Friday. We picked about 2 pounds but this will be the last big picking for a while until the next bloom happens. We have had enough all summer to freeze. We are up to 2 1/2 gallons in the freezer so we should have plenty for our winter smoothies and yogurt!

Black Beauty Zucchini - 2014

The zucchini are in a fairly shady spot of the garden this year and that seems to be slowing their production. We are getting 2 or 3 this size every week, just enough to eat fresh and not feel overwhelmed.

Serendipity Corn - 2014

We had our first harvests from the borrowed garden this week! We picked a total of 8 ears of sweet corn. This variety is Serendipity and the awesome soil at Leo’s garden is making for some beautiful long ears! Delicious!!

1st Crimson Sweet Melon  - 2014

And our first melon of the season. This is a crimson sweet watermelon and it weighted in at 9 pounds. Despite showing all the right signs this one was picked just a few days too early. It was still very good but could have been just a bit riper.

New Broccoli starts

We also got a chance to get the rest of the fall garden planted. We put in these 20 broccoli starts along with several kale, cabbage and even a couple of Brussels sprouts.

For tracking purposes I will be dividing the borrowed garden space from the regular home space. I’m interested to see if our production is down from our old place so I’m keeping the produce from Leo’s place separate.

Home Garden
Tomatoes – 6.50 lbs
Cucumbers – 4.75 lbs
Zucchini – 2 lbs
Strawberries – 2.25 lbs
Peppers – .25 lbs
Broccoli – 1.33 lbs
Total – 17.08 lbs
Borrowed garden
Sweet Corn – 4 lbs
Watermelon – 9 lbs
Total 13 lbs
Grand Total 30.8

That makes our annual total from the home garden 203.53 pounds and over all 216.53 pounds.

We will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!

12 Comments

  1. Gentle Joy August 18, 2014 7:53 am Reply

    Your harvest looks great – so colorful. I didn’t realize broccoli could be planted so late in the year….

    http://gentlejoyhomemaker.blogspot.com

  2. Jenny August 18, 2014 8:12 am Reply

    YAY for watermelon! it’s my favorite for summer time, but I have very hard time growing them here as it’s not hot enough to get it nice and sweet.

    http://simplegardenmadeeasy.blogspot.com/

  3. Margaret August 18, 2014 9:33 am Reply

    Your broccoli is making me jealous! I got a fall planting in the ground somewhat late but I’m hoping that it will have time to give me at least a small harvest. And those are some gorgeous ears of corn!

    http://homegrown-adventuresinmygarden.blogspot.ca

    • Mr. Stoney August 18, 2014 9:47 am Reply

      This harvest is still from out spring planting they just keep sending up side shoots so I can’t rationalize tearing them out!!

  4. Jennifer August 18, 2014 11:48 am Reply

    Oh, that broccoli is lovely! I had to pull my broccoli (and other brassicas) plants in June and am starting to miss them. I think I’m a bit behind on my fall garden, so I hope I can a crop before the intense winter sets in. The rest of your harvest looks beautiful and so yummy!

    http://fernsadventures.com

  5. Dave August 18, 2014 1:26 pm Reply

    I’m envious of that broccoli. I just set out plants for fall here. And I know waiting for tomatoes to ripen is sort of like watching paint dry, but if the Early Girls are ready then the others should be there soon!

    http:///www.ourhappyacres.com

  6. Will – Eight Gate Farm – NH August 19, 2014 6:11 am Reply

    Great harvests! Amazing that you have corn, melons, broccoli, and strawberries at the same time.

  7. Nancy Duffer August 19, 2014 9:10 am Reply

    Am new to your blog and really enjoyed it.

  8. Daphne August 19, 2014 12:26 pm Reply

    Lovely harvests. I have trouble telling when melons are ripe too. I keep watching one of my cantaloupes.

    http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com/

  9. Donna@GardensEyeView August 19, 2014 5:06 pm Reply

    Wow I wish we had more heat…cooled off and the veggies are looking for the heat with the rain…great harvest there…slow in the veg garden here as we are just getting tomatoes, peppers and zukes and it is mid August.

    http://gardenseyeview.com

  10. pam (Sidewalk Shoes) August 20, 2014 1:39 pm Reply

    That sounds like the perfect harvest – nothing too overwhelming!

    http://www.sidewalkshoes.com

    • Mr. Stoney August 20, 2014 5:37 pm Reply

      Yes it was perfect but the giant storm of tomatoes is coming soon!!

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