Monday, September 3, 2012

Harvest Monday 9/3/12

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.

Happy Gardening!


  1. It's definitely been a very hot summer everywhere! It's starting to cool down up here. We have had some nice cool nights :)

    I sure hope your fall garden is better then mine :)

  2. I have the same problem trying to get fall stuff started early. Was about 100 again here today ;-( Never tasted a banana melon; what's it like?

  3. I hear you! I have planted some of our fall crops, but even with the subtle turn in the season, it's still just too hot to invest in much at this point!

    You'r Banana Melon looks wonderful! I've never heard of such a thing! I'll have to do some research :-)

  4. A banana melon? That sounds interesting what do they taste like? Corn has fallen off our planting list for good until we can find a place with more space. It just takes up too much space for too little of a harvest.

    We've had years where we get tired of green beans to. This year hasn't been one of them yet but our late planting is just coming into bloom so talk to me in a couple of weeks and I may change my tune. By the way freezing is the only way to preserve beans. So much easier than canning!!

  5. Oh lovely summer crops - how I'm looking forward to them. My mum made Italian style refrigerator pickles last summer and the highlight were the green beans - just an idea... I so want to taste a banana melon...

  6. I was distracted from your lovely harvest by the clever white vegetable basket!

  7. My earlier planted fall crops are up. It does take a bit of doing to get them to germinate. I water them at least once a day usually in the afternoon. So far so good. I'll have to start some more in about a week, but by then I expect it to be cooler.

  8. Your harvest looks wonderful! It is that time of transition. I am moving some of the summer crops out and some of the fall crops in. I am looking forward to fall.

  9. You may not have gotten a lot of corn but at least you got some! Nice lot of green beans. I planted pole beans and didn't get a lot this year. Have gotten a few yellow beans planted later. Something eats them too. Colorful harvest! Nancy

  10. You have not updated your blog for a long time. Can't wait to start reading them once you start blogging again. I have been away from the blog world due to reasons which can be found in my blog. What sort of bean variety did you plant? Please let me know as I usually don't get much from my beans. Merry Christmas (if you celebrate it).