Well after stubbornly resisting for over a week, fall has finally arrived. And with it came a bunch of rain! We had temps as high as 90 degrees all week but late Friday night the first of a series of storms came in that has broken the back of summer and launched us into fall. The forecast has the highs in the 60’s and low 70’s for the coming week with quite a bit of rain expected!
But here’s the good news. Finally we got some tomatoes to ripen! We had two big pickings of tomatoes this week. The first was on Tuesday and came in at 21 pounds.
The second came on Saturday, and was a nice 11 pounds.
These two pickings combined with a small box from Valerie’s folks meant we spent a lot of time in the kitchen canning! We were able to can over 20 quarts this week so our winter supply is looking much better! We are now sitting at 40 quarts. I’m hoping for a couple more batches, then we would have at least one quart per week.
Our Brandywine tomatoes are also starting to produce. I’m a little embarrassed to say that this is the first year we have ever grown a Heirloom tomato. We have always just gone with the standards, celebrity, early girl and beef steak. But we will be keeping Brandywine in our rotation!! The are definitely not very pretty but they are sure tasty!!
We also had a great all green basket early in the week. Cucumbers and peppers!! Both are winding down for the year, we should have about another week of cucumbers.
Another nice basket of strawberries, with plenty of blossoms still coming. I think we will still have another month of berries unless we get an early really hard freeze.
This was the last big picking of cantaloupe and only about half of them were really worth eating. This time of year these later setting fruit that ripen in the cooler weather never seem to taste as good.
I think these will be the last zucchini. They were all picked in the rain on Saturday morning. There are a few more blossoms but with this cooler weather I doubt they will develop. Also this is the first Crenshaw melon of the year. It’s a very small one and it came from the home garden. It will need to sit on the counter for a few days and we will see how it tastes!
These are the first of the pumpkins! These two are pretty small, both came in around 6 pounds. We will use them to decorate around the house for a few months and them cut them up for there seeds some time in November. They have 6 big brothers that will be ready next week and there may even be 2 or 3 more if they end up ripening.
Here’s the totals for the week:
Pumpkin – 11.50 lbs
Crenshaw – 2.50 lbs
Zucchini – 4.75 lbs
Tomatoes – 32.50 lbs
Cucumbers – 4.75 lbs
Peppers – 2.33 lbs
Strawberries – 1.50 lbs
Raspberries – .17 lbs
Totals – 60 lbs
Tomatoes – 1.75 lbs
Cantaloupe – 7.25 lbs
Totals – 9 lbs
That brings our annual total in the home garden to 450 lbs. The borrowed garden total is 566 lbs. Our combined total topped 1000 pounds this week!!
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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!