Wow I sure love this time of year!! The weather is perfect! We had mid 70’s all week long with nice cool but not cold nights. I’m starting to see the leaves turn here in the valley. The mountains are about done, I can still see the yellow Aspens but most of the other colors are gone. Down here in the valley we are starting to see lots of red, yellows and orange!
I brought this box of tomatoes in on Wednesday and Valerie just sighed!
When I brought this box in on Saturday she just about cried!! We are kind of “tomatoed” out at the moment!! We have canned 55 quarts so far this year and these two boxes will give us another batch of 7. I think we will try to do this one last batch and then any others we get will either be eaten fresh or given to neighbors. I spent some time in the garden Saturday cleaning up for the fall and there are still quite a few tomatoes that are close to ripe. The weather is looking cooler for the coming week but not so cold that we have to worry about frost, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see another 20 pounds of tomatoes.
Here’s our pitiful celery harvest for the year. We only had 4 plants to begin with but for some reason 3 of the plants bolted to seed early in August, long before they were ready to harvest. So this is what we got from the only one that didn’t bolt. 1.25 pounds of very small stalks. i think the celery really suffered from our crappy clay soil. Next year I’m going to try some fresh seed and a spot with a lot of compost!!
We had a few cucumbers and one zucchini. The cucumbers are pretty much done for the year. There are 4 or 5 more small ones on the vines that I will leave an see if they get any bigger, but the cool weather pretty much put an end to them. The zucchini on the other had still seems to want to produce. There is one other fruit that is about ready to harvest and I noticed a couple more that have set!
We finally were able to harvest a few Crenshaw melons from the borrowed garden. 7 this week. Ripeness is questionable on these. Most of them still have a lot of green on them. But they are soft on the blossom end (which is how you pick a Crenshaw) so we have been picking them.
We are letting them sit in the garage for a few days before we open them and I’m not counting them in my totals unless they are use-able when we open them up. So far we have cut up 3 and given away another 2 and they were all great!!
Here’s the fun harvest for the week! We picked a total of 70 ears of popcorn! Our youngest daughter and I sat out on the patio on Saturday morning and shucked all of them. Of the 70 ears more than 50 of them are really good sized. They weighed in at about 1/3 pounds each. The other 20 or so were smaller but still great!
Since there is not rain in the forecast for the week we are going to leave them out on the patio in the sun to help them cure. I’m actually really excited that we were able to get such a good harvest. Of course we will use most of this for popping, but you can actually use pop corn as a grain. You can just grind it up in your flour mill and use it as corn meal. I kind of like knowing that. If the zombie apocalypse ever happens at least I know we can grow a grain crop in our garden!! 🙂
We also had a few small hand-fulls of raspberries and about 1/2 pound of strawberries this week.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Zucchini – 1.75 lbs
Tomatoes – 18.50 lbs
Strawberries – .40 lbs
Cucumbers – .50 lbs
Celery – 1.25 lbs
Peppers – .25 lbs
Popcorn – 17
Total – 39.65 lbs
Tomatoes – 6.50 lbs
Crenshaw Melon – 35 lbs
Total – 41.50 lbs
That brings our Annual total in the home garden to 597 pounds and 610 pounds at the borrowed garden. 1,207 pounds is just crazy! Of course almost 400 pounds of that are melons the bulk of which were sold. But still 1200 pounds!! What a great year!
We will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!