Whew, it’s HOT!! We are currently sitting right in the middle of a very August like heat wave and it’s still June! The forecast has us scheduled for 5 days of over 100 degrees, followed by a slight cool down to the mid 90’s. Man that’s hot for June!! Add to that the lack of any rain for 3 weeks and we are in for a fun summer!
Here is the one advantage to this kind of heat. Our tomatoes are rocking!! This is the first little picking of Sun Sugar tomatoes! This is by far the earliest we have ever had tomatoes. We beat our old record by a solid week. This plant went out in the garden on April 15th under the protection of a Wall-O-Water. It’s very nice to have a few fresh tomatoes, even if there are just little cherries!!
We finished off the last of the main head broccoli harvest this week. These 4 heads are from our Arcadia plants which were new to us this year. We got the seeds from a blogging friend, Jami over at An Oregon Cottage. She sent us a few last year to try out! The plants produced 4 nice sized heads that averaged 1.25 lbs each. That is better than the PacMan plants we harvested last week. Those plants averaged a little less that 1 pound each. We will see how the side shoot production is from Arcadia before I make my final decision.
Speaking of side shoots, the PacMan plants began their first production of side shoots, about a 1/2 a pound this week.
I also harvested the first 2 of 3 kohlrabi. We are not huge fans of this fun little plant, but a always put a few in, in the spring so we get a little taste!
I also harvested the first of our 4 heads of cabbage. It weighed in at 2.5 pounds and is in pretty good shape. There is a little damage from cabbage loopers. When the heat started in a few weeks back I had to take the fabric row cover off to keep the plants from being burned, this let those dang little guys in. But the damage wasn’t too bad and was limited to the first few layers of leaves.
I gave the cold frame planted potatoes another 10 days to add some growth and then dug these up. They are getting bigger and these will make a nice meal! I’m about 1/3 of the way through the patch so far.
Not pictured was the last of the spring lettuce. When the 90’s hit last week the lettuce plants bolted almost over night. So we are without lettuce for a few weeks while the summer crisp lettuces size up.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Broccoli – 5.10 lbs
Kohlrabi – 1.50 lbs
Cabbage – 2.50 lbs
Potatoes – 4.50 lbs
Lettuce – 1 lbs
Total – 14.60 pounds
That brings our annual total to 111 pounds we actually broke the 100 pound mark 3 weeks sooner this year than we did last year. Let’s hope that’s a good sign for the rest of the year!!
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