Monday, July 21, 2014

Harvest Monday 7/21/14

I had to leave town and my garden.. again.  This time it was five days away, but at least J was home to watch over the garden and do some harvesting.  I returned to a pile of tomatoes and cucumbers.

This year I had doubts over the success of my garden based on last year's experience, so I think I went a little overboard planting a few extras.  The garden is not disappointing this year.  It is actually getting a bit overwhelming.  I think part of that is being away and coming back to pounds of produce to do something with.

While unpacking and doing laundry I am making tomato sauce.  This is my first tomato sauce of the year and much anticipated.

Today it has rained and rained and rained some more.  I was trying to harvest this morning and it went from a drizzle to steady rain to a downpour with lightening.  At that point I finally decided to get my soggy self inside while my dog was waiting for me, out of the rain, on the porch.  He looked at me as though I'd lost my mind for being out in the rain.

This week has brought plenty of summer produce.  In addition to the tomatoes and cucumbers there has been a few green beans, corn, squash, peppers and carrots.

I am also still harvesting kale.  I expected it to be bolting by now, but it hasn't.  I guess that shade cloth makes a difference.

I also harvested another delicious cantaloupe.  It was over 4 lbs and I ate most of it all by myself in less than 24 hours!  But no worries, I picked another small one today.

Harvests this week:

Herbs 0.20 lbs
Kale  0.66 lbs
Summer squash 1.69 lbs
Peppers 0.87 lbs
Cucumber 14.64 lbs
Beans 0.06 lbs
Carrots 0.07 lbs
Tomatoes 17.37 lbs
Corn         0.89 lbs
Melons 6.44 lbs

Weekly total: 42.9 lbs (What!  I had to re-check my spreadsheet to make sure that was correct. It was and I'm shocked, I'm pretty sure that's a weekly record for me.)
Yearly total: 154.64 lbs

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.


  1. Now that's some welcome home! I have a feeling that it is the rare person that doesn't have to go through the cycle of too much or too little when it comes to vegetable gardening. And does that cantaloupe ever look scrumptious! btw - I was in my front yard weeding in the rain this past weekend - sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do!

  2. That pot of tomato sauce sure looks yummy. Agree with Margaret, "that's some welcome home", I am still waiting for my tomatoes to turn from green to a different color.

  3. Sometimes you have to go, but it's nice to get home and see things under control. That is quite a haul, and 42 pounds is amazing. That 4 lb. cantaloupe didn't hurt, hope you enjoyed it.

  4. What a great harvest you had this week. The most wonderful picture to me is your cantaloupe - it looks just amazing! And your homemade tomato sauce looks delicious as well.

  5. I am so drooling over the melon. My biggest one right now is about 3" long. It will be a while before it ripens up.