Monday Harvest Report – August 25, 2014

Wow, what a weird week for August!  Not that I’m complaining but it was a very unusual week for this time of year.  It rained 3 days this week and the cold fronts kept the temperatures way down.  We had low 80’s and even some 70’s all week.  With the same forecast for this week.  It has been great to have a break from the heat but it sure has slowed down the garden.  I expected to have a huge week with tomatoes and melons but everything seemed to stall!

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That’s not to say we didn’t have anything this week.  We actually harvested over 70 pounds, just not the melons and tomatoes I had hoped for.  We did have these two small melons that ended up being ready.  Only 4.5 and 2.5 pounds, the larger is a crimson sweet the smaller a sugar baby.

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We also pick our very first raspberries from the new patch!  These are Caroline’s.  I don’t expect more than a few handfuls this year but the patch is looking very good and I’m sure it will take off like crazy next year!!

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And speaking of berries, more strawberries again this week.  This picking was larger than I expected.  The strawberries keep surprising us with these big pickings!  You also see another handful of raspberries.

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The Candy onions finished curing this week so Valerie and I cleaned up them up and brought them inside to the cooler basement.

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We like to store them in these mesh bags and hang them in the garage for the winter, but the garage is currently still pretty warm so we moved them to a dark corner in the basement until October when the garage cools off.  We also got the Copra onions harvested this week and they are now in the garage curing.  I’m hoping to do a little tutorial on onions later this week so look for that article on Wednesday or Thursday.

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We were gone for most of the weekend and we came back a pretty decent harvest of tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini was waiting for us.  Now if it will just warm up a bit so that we are getting harvests this size every other day instead of once a week.

Not pictured this week was another great harvest of broccoli side shoots and 65 ears of corn from Leo’s garden!  The corn is just rolling in right now we are eating it and freezing it as fast as we can.

Here’s this weeks totals:
Cucumbers – 2.50 lbs
Zucchini – 3.25 lbs
Tomatoes – 5.25 lbs
Strawberries – 1.25 lbs
Broccoli – 1.50 lbs
Basil – .15 lbs
Onions – 23 lbs
Home Garden Total – 36.90 lbs

Borrowed Garden
Watermelon – 7 lbs
Sweet Corn – 32.50 lbs (65 Ears)
Total – 39.50 lbs

That brings our home garden total to 240 pounds, the borrowed garden is at 52 pounds and our grand total is 292 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!

7 Comments

  1. Margaret August 25, 2014 11:56 am Reply

    We’ve felt that that since early July – much cooler than usual – the heat loving plants really do slow way down. Love the onions and am indeed jealous of those berries.

    http://homegrown-adventuresinmygarden.blogspot.com

  2. Daphne August 25, 2014 12:16 pm Reply

    Lovely harvests. And those onions look beautiful. I know some people don’t appreciate onions all that much, but I’m a real onion lover. I couldn’t imagine cooking without them.

    http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com/

  3. Dave August 25, 2014 1:55 pm Reply

    I love all those onions too. I do wish one of the storage types would do well here at our latitude but I haven’t found one yet. I am happy with the Candy and other day-neutral types.

    We have the Caroline raspberry planted, along with Autumn bliss. It took them a couple of years to really get them established but now they are doing well. I imagine yours will take off too!

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    • Mr. Stoney August 25, 2014 3:26 pm Reply

      Dave, have you tried Copra? We really love them for a storage onion. We were introduced to Caroline last year, the guy that gave us the starts has a hugely productive patch that we are hoping to reproduce here at our place!!

  4. Lexa August 25, 2014 6:25 pm Reply

    Enjoy that rain! We could sure use some. I am very envious of those watermelons. Mine biggest is only just over a pound. I look forward to your onion tutorial. I have 12 Candy Onions in the ground that need pulled and cured.

    http://www.4hillsofsquash.blogspot.com

  5. mac August 25, 2014 10:49 pm Reply

    Nice harvest, we have a relatively cool summer as well, more rain than expected, love the early fall weather, not complaining at all.

    http://highdesertgarden.com

  6. pam (Sidewalk Shoes) August 28, 2014 6:31 am Reply

    I need to read on how you store your onions. My CSA usually gives me a bunch of them, and I end up chopping and freezing.

    http://www.sidewalkshoes.com

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