After a week of heat in the mid 90’s we woke up this morning to rain and high 70’s. We have been swamped with preparation for my in-laws 50th anniversary party all week and I hadn’t even noticed that rain was in the forecast so it was a very pleasant surprise!!
We are definitely in that “in between” time in the garden. This weeks totals were pretty small over all but lots of variety! Here’s the first Harvest basket for the week. It included a very nice picking of basil and some chamomile, which are on the drying screen now.
Later in the week we had a nice picking of broccoli side shoots, about a 1/2 pound of berries and a bunch of cherry tomatoes! The one Sun Sugar tomato plant is giving us a dependable harvest of around a pound of ripe cherries about every other day now. And the second plant has started to produce as well.
Saturdays harvest included a few Early Girl tomatoes to go along with the cherries. Also notice in the top right our first cucumber of the year. It’s nothing spectacular as it looks like it had some pollination problems. But it was small but tasty! The broccoli side shoots have really slowed this week. We had about 1/2 what we did last week. The tomato plants are really starting to encroach on them and shade them so I think this coming week may be our last broccoli for a while.
I picked this mess of beets to give to a neighbor, it was a special request, small beets with lots of greens! We have a bunch more beets to get harvested this week. We just haven’t had the time to get them pickled so I’ve left them in the ground for now.
There were a few more tomatoes scattered though the week that I didn’t get pictures of and a couple of nice sized zucchini that almost got a way from me and were a little larger than we normally like. But they got cut up and frozen before I could get pictures. We also harvested a few leaves of kale.
Be sure to check back later in the week. I spent the weekend building a very nice grape arbor in our side yard. I’m excited to show you pictures of the finished product and to do a little tutorial on how I built it!
Here’s this weeks total:
Kale – .25 lbs
Broccoli – 1.25 lbs
Beets – 2.25 lbs
Tomatoes – 4 lbs
Zucchini – 3.75 lbs
Mix berries – 1 lbs
Herbs – .25 lbs
Total – 12.75 lbs
That brings our annual total to 178 pounds all from the home garden. Next week should see the beginnings of the real summer harvests, with more cucumbers, tomatoes, beets, garlic, and maybe (just maybe) the first sweet corn from the borrowed garden!
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