Monday Harvest Report – October 26, 2015

Well it is finally happening!  Our temperatures have dropped enough that the summer garden has ground to a halt!  We had highs all week in the low 60’s which was very pleasant, but spelled the end for any real growth for the main garden.  Still not frost but I figured it was time to give up on the tomatoes and other summer veggies!

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I cleaned out the tomato bed Saturday, I had some signs of a minor amount of verticillum wilt so I won’t be composting these plants, instead they filled two garbage cans.  You will notice I left the cucumber trellis up.  There are still 10 or so cukes trying hard to grow and I don’t think we will see frost till Saturday so I figured I’d give them another few days!

I also couldn’t bring myself to pull out the zucchini, it still has a few fruit on it that I’m hoping will finish out this week.  But all the corn, beans and other summer veggies are done!

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I also broke down and got the cold frames out for the winter garden.  I usually put these out on September 30th of each year, but we haven’t even had a threat of a really cold night yet so I really haven’t needed them.  But I’m sure the weather is going to fall a part any day now so I figured it was time!!  If you look close, on the top right of this picture you can see that amazing zucchini plant!

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Of course when I tear out the tomatoes I always pick any of the ripe fruit or any larger tomatoes that I think have the potential to ripen over the next month or two.  This box weighed in at 38 pounds and about 1/3 were ripe, 1/3 will be ripe soon and 1/3 were green.

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We did have one more decent picking of raspberries Thursday, but we went through the patch on Saturday and only got a handful.   I’m sure we will have a few more this week before the frost, but our berries are pretty much done as well!

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Wednesday I picked this basket with a few beans, quite a few cucumbers and even a little bell pepper!

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Saturday brought this nice basket with the last of the Sun Sugar tomatoes, some tomatillos that I found still on the vine, a couple of small zucchini and another decent sized head of broccoli!

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I also pulled out the celery.  When these plants were stripped down they ended up being about 3 pounds which isn’t bad for us.  We just chop these up and freeze them to add to soups and casseroles during the winter.  Only 3 of our 6 plants grew this year and they were overwhelmed by the zucchini plant early on in the summer and grew in the shade, so I’m happy to have gotten anything!!

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And of course the fall lettuce harvest started in earnest!  These are the last two heads of Nevada and a small head of Tom Thumb.

Here are this weeks totals, the last big harvest week of 2015:
Tomatoes – 38.75 lbs
Lettuce – 1.25 lbs
Zucchini – 8.50 lbs
Tomatillo – .75 lbs
Broccoli – 1.25 lbs
Celery – 3.25 lbs
Cucumbers – 3 lbs
Beans – .75 lbs
Berries 1.35 lbs
Total – 58.85 lbs

That makes the home garden total 663.50 pounds and the two gardens combined are now over the 1000 pound mark for the second year in a row at 1022.75!!

 

2 Comments

  1. Margaret October 26, 2015 2:01 pm Reply

    The countdown to a frost is on for you now, I see….you were able to get some very nice final harvests in this week!

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  2. Dave October 26, 2015 2:53 pm Reply

    Congrats on hitting that 1000 lb mark! We’re going to fall shy of it this year, but we still had plenty to eat. It’s amazing you still have a zucchini hanging on. And those tomatoes look great for the end of the season.

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