The summer is quickly burning away. I can’t believe we are already on the last day of August! Don’t get me wrong about this, I love gardening, but I’m starting to experience that burn out feeling! Anybody else out there get like that? Some days I feel like if I see another cucumber, tomato or zucchini I’m going to explode! Both Valerie and I are getting tired of chopping up veggies for the freezer!! Does that make us bad gardeners or just human??? 🙂
It was a fun week on the blog! Mid week last week I went back in the archives and found a couple of my older posts. I took some new pictures and freshened up the posts a little bit and promoted them a little on Facebook and Pinterest and wow!! Both posts were super popular during the rest of the week!
The Magical Mouse Box was the most popular post all week! This is a post about a little mouse trap box I built a few years ago!
Our Organic Method for Controlling Fruit Files post was also super popular this week!
Curing and Storing Onions – was also a very popular post, I guess it’s that time of year!
I usually save advertising my video course for the end of posts, but I wanted all of you to be sure to know that today is the last day you can take advantage of my 2 for 1 offer. If you buy my Year Round Gardening course for $25 you can have either my Seed Starting Course, or my PVC Drip Irrigation course for free! This offer ends tonight so follow the link to get that offer. If you buy Year Round Gardening, be sure to hold off on the other course. I will contact you and send you the free coupon of your choice.
Also coming up this week are some fun things I’m very excited about. I have been asked to participate in the 30 Days of Preparedness Round Robing event! This is in recognition of National Preparedness Month which starts tomorrow. Be sure to check back at Stoney Acres all month where I will be highlighting a bunch of bloggers and their posts on topics ranging from Gardening (me) to canning, food storage, 72 hour kits, etc. There lots of great bloggers involved and I’m really looking forward to this month!!
Now after all that business, finally let’s get on to this weeks harvest report! This was a pretty typical harvest basket for us! Notice the full sized tomatoes are finally coming on! Along with lots of other warm weather veggies!
The counter top is getting covered with cucumbers, so many that we are finally not quite able to keep up with eating them fresh so Valerie has given me the go ahead to start making pickles!!
So I made my first batch of fridge pickles! I love pickles so this is one of my favorite times of the year!! Here’s a link to our recipe in case you are interested!
Look at this giant zucchini. I normally don’t let zucchini get this big and most years if I had let this happen I would have been embarrassed to even post a picture. But this was actually grow this big by special request from one of our neighbors. This gal makes some kind of amazing desert out of very large zucchini’s and asked me if I would let one go this long especially for her. She promises to bring me some of this desert to try so I will let you know how it tastes!! That zucchini ended up weighing in at just shy of 5 pounds, which in my eyes in huge!!
The end of the week brought more tomatoes and cucumbers!
And a few strawberries and beans. I missed getting a picture of the largest picking of strawberries this week. It came in over 2 pounds, our biggest for the summer!
Raspberries were the star of the garden this week though! 3.50 pounds of berries this week meant we had plenty to eat and were even able to get some in the freezer. We are averaging about 1 pound every other day now and that should continue for a few more weeks!!
Here’s this weeks totals:
Cucumbers – 7 lbs
Zucchini – 11.25 lbs
Raspberries – 3.50 lbs
Strawberries – 2.75 lbs
Beans – 1 lbs
Tomatoes – 10 lbs
Herbs – .25 lbs
Home Garden Total – 35.75 lbs
Borrowed Garden Space
Corn – 36 ears – 18 lbs
Week Total 53.75 lbs
That puts us at 346.60 lbs total for the year!!
I will be sharing this post on several blog hops this week, including the following: