Before I jump into the harvest report for the week I thought I’d show a few photos from our fall break vacation with the kids!
We spent an extended weekend in the deserts of Eastern Utah. We visited Arches National Park.
I had been to Arches once before, but it was more than 20 years ago so going this time was almost like being there for the first time again. Our kids had never been and I think they all had a pretty good time (at least as good of a time as teenagers can have looking at rocks?!)
Our favorite spot was Goblin Valley, which is actually a state park. They allow you to hike and climb all around the amazing rock formations in this park. We spent about 4 hours exploring all these cool rocks up close. I think the kids enjoyed this park more because we did more than just look at the pretty rocks!! 🙂
Despite being gone for a good part of the week we still had a very good garden harvest. It was especially good considering how late in the year we are. Still not a sign of frost. Not having any frost this late in the year for us is a BIG deal. We are now 3 weeks past our average first frost and over 5 weeks away from our earliest! I think that will be changing this week, we have had rain and much cooler temperatures the last two days. The forecast has our highs only in the 60’s all week with lows sometimes around 40, that usually means frost at our house. This was our harvest basket from early in the week. Still plenty of beans, cucumbers and zucchini. Too many zucchini!!!
We had two first fall harvests this week. The first was this beautiful head of Nevada lettuce. This guy weighed in at 1.25 pounds and gave us some nice salads and filled our sandwiches all week while we were camping. This head was planted in mid July but our August plantings are not far behind!
The second was our first harvest of fall broccoli. This head, and even a few side shoots came from a new variety called Umpqua that we planted for the first time this year. The head isn’t huge, but it produced 2 or 3 weeks ahead of our other two varieties so I think this one is a keeper for the fall time! This plant even has a few side shoots growing which I have never seen before in my garden in the fall.
We arrived home to more cucumbers, another dang zucchini, some cherry tomatoes and a few beans.
We also had two nice pickings of berries like this one. The strawberries are just about done but the raspberries are still going strong!
And I will end this weeks report with this beautiful box full of tomatoes! This will be enough to get us one more full batch of quart bottles canned! With the drop in temperature this week I doubt we will see another harvest like this. Depending on frost I may end up pulling out the rest of the tomatoes this week. But either way this will be the last harvest of ripe tomatoes this big. Now we will move on to picking the rest green and letting them ripen in the garage.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Lettuce – 1.25 lbs
Berries – 2.25 lbs
Cucumbers – 3.75 lbs
Beans – 1.50 lbs
Zucchini – 6.50 lbs
Broccoli – 1 lbs
Tomatoes – 19.40 lbs
Total – 35.65 lbs
That brings our annual total in the home garden to 604 pounds. I think we may end the year around 700 pounds from home. The borrowed garden is finished for the year and it’s total was 359 so right now we sit at 963 pounds for the year!
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