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!!
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!!
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.
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!!
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!
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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!