Wow, what a strange September! It has been unseasonably warm the last week. We even had a couple of days that made it back into the 90’s! That is quite warm for this time of the year! The forecast for the coming week has us in the 80’s so a little cooler, but still, this is August weather!!
The one nice thing about the warm weather is that it has helped everything in the garden to ripen up! I was afraid we wouldn’t get many melons this year but the warmth has given us enough time to get all of the cantaloupes to ripen and even a few of the Crenshaw melons.
You can see that they are looking good! That is the first Crenshaw and the last two cantaloupe. There is one cantaloupe still to ripen but I plan on giving that one to the owner of the garden we borrow so it will never make it back home for a photo. The Crenshaw was FANTASTIC! This has become my favorite melon to grow, it’s too bad they are so slow to mature so we only end up with a few reaching maturity each year before the frost comes.
The raspberry harvest continues to do well, we are still getting a one pound picking like this one about every 3 days. That gives us plenty to eat and even some to freeze.
Here’s a shot of what will be the last bean picking of any size, the plants are burning out quickly and I think most of the remaining pickings will only be just a few. The Sun Sugar tomatoes continue to produce well. Without any rain this week they stayed in good shape and didn’t split as they ripened. We have pruned this plant back pretty heavily this week to make room for the fall garden, so I don’t think we will see nearly as many in the coming weeks.
We also had a decent week with the tomatoes! There was enough here to do another 7 quarts canned. We might do one more batch of cans, or we may end up just freezing what’s left. We are also still getting a few cucumbers but those plants are pretty spent!
This was our biggest harvest for the week. 64 pounds of potatoes. This represents about 30% of the potato plants at the borrowed garden and is a good start to our winter supply of spuds. We will get the rest harvest this week.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Raspberries – 2 lbs
Cucumbers – 2 lbs
Zucchini – 5.75 lbs
Strawberries – .25 lbs
Beans – .75 lbs
Tomatoes – 21 lbs
Lettuce – .50 lbs
Home Total – 32.25
Cantaloupe – 13.50 lbs
Crenshaw – 5.5 lbs
Potatoes – 64.50 lbs
Borrowed Garden total – 83.50
Grand Total – 115.75 lbs
That makes our annual totals 503.50 for the home garden and 162.75 for the borrowed garden for a grand total of 666.25 pounds. It’s turning out to be what I would consider an okay year! Definitely not a banner year, but not too bad. The lack of melons and pumpkins will hurt our year end totals though!!
Have a GREAT week!!
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