It's time for the transition from summer to fall, which I'm looking forward too. I will miss all the summer crops of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and more, but I will not miss the heat, humidity, and mosquitoes! I've been clearing out the spent plants and planting fall crops. The challenge with planting fall crops is that it is still in the 90s with not a lot of rain, so keeping the soil moist enough for seeds to germinate takes effort.
On to this week's harvests... the summer crops are still coming in. Tomatoes have slowed and they seem to be getting smaller and smaller. Peppers are doing well, although I did have one plant topple over and break because of the weight of peppers. Guess I should have stacked them!
Green beans keep on producing. I think this is my year of the green bean. I've officially gotten tired of eating them, so I've been freezing. I should try canning some, but freezing is so easy. Perhaps I'll have the motivation to can when I run out of freezer space!
This has not been my year for corn. My spring planted corn was stolen by the squirrels. I had a second bed of corn planted in the beginning of July. I tried planting a second crop of corn last year too and it never grew very tall and had pathetic little ears of corn. This year's late planted corn did the same thing. The stalks were beginning to brown and so I decided to go ahead and harvest. I discovered that the ears were infested with ants... fire ants! It was not a pleasant harvesting experience especially since I only got 1.7 lbs of little ears of corn. I am contemplating whether corn will make the grow list next year.
On a happier note, I picked the last of the melons, a banana melon. The squirrels have loved these melons, but the last one was left intact.
Cucumber 1.8 oz
Banana pepper 8.2 oz
Bell pepper 8.6 oz
Yellow pear tomatoes 8.5 oz
Eggplant 4.9 oz
Green beans 3 lbs
Tomatoes 1.65 lbs
Banana melon 3.26 lbs
Corn 1.7 lbs
Weekly total: 11.64 lbs
Yearly total: 201.88 lbs worth $325.20
That's all the harvests coming from my garden this week, to see what others are harvesting check out Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions.