I hope all my readers are enjoying your labor day weekend!! We sure are! The weather took a very fall like turn this weekend, lots of wind and the temperatures dropped into the 70’s! Beautiful!
For those of you that don’t know I’m participating in the 30 Days of Preparedness Round Robin this month.
My contribution post is The 5 Best Crops for Self Sufficient Gardeners. Be sure to head over and read it, it also has a list of the other 29 posts and there is some really great information there for you!
It was a very standard late summer harvest for us this week. Plenty of tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini and if you look on the left of this pictures even a few tomatillas. Tomatilla’s are new to our garden this year. I only planted one plant so our pollination was poor but it is giving us enough that we will be able to try some Green Salsa this week!
Zucchini and cucumbers were the theme this week! We even had enough cukes to make pickles!
We had 3 pickings of Raspberries this week, that were at least this big! I’m really happy with our harvest totals of raspberries this year. The patch is only in it’s second season and it is really producing well!
This was Saturdays picking of tomatoes. I’m a little worried as to whether we are ever going to get enough tomatoes to do some canning. The plants are really struggling this year and just don’t have what I would consider the normal amount of fruit set! I checked last years total versus this year and we are still on track, but I’m worried we are never going to make it to our 200 pound goal!
This was the last of the summer crisp lettuce, just a couple of small heads. We should be able to start harvesting the fall plantings here in a week or two! This was our biggest picking of beans so far this year! 3.25 pounds is pretty good for the few plants we have in. I think we may get one more large picking and then they will start to go away for the year. Also we are getting down to the last of the potatoes here at the home garden. This picking was about 10 pounds and I think I will have one more this size. We have been eating these as we go this summer and it has been nice to have potatoes back on the menu. Those larger ones you seen in this picture were baked on Saturday night for a nice baked potato bar dinner!
This was a fun kind of mistake harvest! This is some kind of bunching onion that must have been mixed into our Candy Onions by the grower by mistake. All these came from one little spot, right in the middle of our onion patch.
I also counted some of our Candy onions in the tally this week. These are the damaged onions that when I cleaned them up it was apparent weren’t going to store too long so I put them in the fridge. After cleaning up the rest of the Candy’s I decided to leave them on the drying table for one more week, so they will go in the total next week.
Again this week the strawberries did very well. 3 more pounds meant we had plenty to freeze and eat fresh. And I noticed that we are getting another flush of blossoms on the plants, which means we will have more berries before the snow flies!!
This weeks totals are:
Onions – 6 lbs
Green Beans – 3.25 lbs
Potatoes – 10.50 lbs
Tomatoes – 8.75 lbs
Zucchini – 6.50 lbs
Cucumbers – 6.50 lbs
Strawberries – 3 lbs
Raspberries – 3 lbs
Lettuce – .50 lbs
Home garden total – 48 lbs
Corn – 41 ears – 18 pounds
Weekly grand total is 66 pounds giving us 412.60 pounds total so far this year between the two gardens!
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