Welcome to Fall!! We had temps almost all week in the mid 80’s along with a fantastic rain storm on Sunday afternoon! All that beautiful weather lead to this . . .
Finally a decent amount of tomatoes ripening. We had two decent sized pickings of tomatoes this week here’s the first.
And here’s the second. The total for the week was just over 20 pounds!
Those two pickings combined with some extras Valerie’s parents gave us ended up giving us 13 quarts of canned tomatoes! That’s still down from last year but it’s catching up quickly!
The other huge harvest this week were the potatoes from the borrowed garden! This is what 147 pounds of potatoes looks like! We grew two varieties this year; Red Pontiac represented about 110 pounds of the harvest and a russet gave us the last 37. That gives us a total of about 190 pounds of storage potatoes for the winter (with the potatoes we harvested last week from the home garden). We are packing them into our camping coolers and bringing them inside for now. But as soon as the hot weather breaks we will be able to store them in the coolers our in the garage. I learned about storing them in coolers from a blogging buddy, we are hoping they will last for the bulk of the winter out in the garage!
This hot weather is supposed to last for most of the week but by the week end things are going to fall a part and the real Utah fall weather will arrive. Our temps this time of year should be in the low 70’s not the mid 80’s. So they say we are in for a drastic change this weekend.
You’ll notice that everything came grinding to a halt this week in the garden (everything but potatoes and tomatoes). The cantaloupe is almost done at the borrowed garden, in fact the only things left there are a few tomatoes, some small cantaloupe and a bunch of crenshaw melons that I’m now starting to doubt will ripen before the frost!
The home garden is down to just tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and a few zucchini. Most of the pumpkins should be ready to harvest this week and of course we still have some berries. But for the most part the summer garden is winding down quickly! And it is going to bee a few weeks before the fall/winter garden really starts kicking it. The lettuce seems to be behind schedule this year so we may have a week or two with some really small harvests coming up.
Here’s this weeks totals:
Cantaloupe – 9.5 lbs
Potatoes – 147 lbs
Total – 156.50 lbs
Tomatoes – 21.50 lbs
Cucumbers – 1.75 lbs
Strawberries – .75 lbs
Raspberries – .15 lbs
Total – 24.15 lbs
That gives us a weekly total of 180 pounds. The home garden annual total is 390 pounds and the borrowed garden is a huge 557 pounds for the 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!