Whew, it was a busy weekend, I was off with the scouts for most of the weekend fishing and boating! It was a nice break but then I had to come home to the HOT weather again. But we did have nice rain storm last Monday and it has been raining on and off for the last 24 hours. Best of all the temperatures are forecast to be down in the 80′s and very low 90′s for the next 7 days!!
Harvests for the week were pretty good. We saw the first 3 cucumbers, Mrs. Stoney and the kids are happy about that, they love cucumbers!!
The strawberries just went crazy this week. Over 5 pounds in a week! That doesn’t even count the ones that didn’t make it out of the garden. This is why we grow ever bearing strawberries. I know they yield smaller berries but it is so nice to have a constant flow of fresh fruit almost all summer long. After this weeks big surge we will continue to have a slow trickle of juicy berries all the way up until it starts snowing in late October or early November!! When we have harvests this big we usually put half of them in the freezer. We already have almost 2 gallon bags full!
Mid week the tomatoes started to kick in. This was the first day we harvested more than one tomato at a time.
Saturdays harvest saw more strawberries, a couple of perfect sized zucchini and the first really good picking of tomatoes. We should start having real consistent pickings from the tomatoes. These were all still early girls but I’ve noticed some of the others are starting to size up as well. Another few weeks and we will have enough to start canning. Right now we are just enjoying eating all of these fresh!
Maybe by the end of the week we might have the first ears of corn from the borrowed garden. I walked through the patch yesterday and just did a quick count of ears forming. I only counted one row and came up with 40 ears already developing and that was the shortest row. We have 3 total rows of corn so I’m thinking we could have as many as 12 dozen ears of corn!
Also we might see the first of the cantaloupe this week. They are starting to get “netting” and are sizing up but really they will probably be another 10 days or so.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Cucumbers – .75 lbs
Tomatoes – 4.05 lbs
Zucchini – 3.50 lbs
Strawberries – 5.33 lbs
Broccoli – .33 lbs
Kale – .25 lbs
Total – 14.21 lbs
This week puts us over the 150 pound mark for the year a total of 151.79 pounds! We are now at 20% of our annual goal.
Check back later this week for more fun garden posts! I promised Mrs. Stoney’s whole wheat taco recipe last week but we weren’t able to get around to it. This week for sure on Saturday! Also Friday I will do a tutorial on our PVC drip irrigation system now that it is back up and 100% running on the new garden.
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!