I was worried about my newly sprouted bean seeds. I was so sure they had washed away. Luckily they were fine, although they were standing in about an inch of water. The biggest problem was the sunflowers and amaranth. They had come toppling down, roots and all. The good is that I guess the corn was too short to fall down!
I tried to right the fallen plants. The amaranth aren't as top heavy as the sunflowers and they seem to stay standing. The sunflowers just won't stay up. I would need to stake them. I am out of town (again!) and didn't have time or the stakes to deal with it.
Well that was the bad garden news for the week. The good garden news is harvests are rolling in and I can't believe I beat last week's record of 66 lbs. This week was 80 lbs! It was a big week for melons and winter squash.
That giant squash is a 13 lb Green Striped Cushaw. It is a Cucurbiat mixta and I am happy to report that the vine borers did not touch it. Something did, however, bore a hole into the squash. If you can see the hole in the picture, it is right above that small cucumber. When I cut open the squash there was nothing inside, but obviously something was munching away at some point. It was surprisingly not impossible to cut open the squash. I peeled it, cut it into big chunks, covered it with aluminum foil and then roasted it for about an hour.
We ate some out of the oven with butter, salt and pepper and it was delicious. It is mild, a little nutty and sweet. The rest I pureed.
You can use it in the place of pumpkin or other winter squash. It is a bit more watery, so either strain it or reduce the liquid in the recipe. I used a recipe for sweet potato patties and turned it into Cushaw patties (left out the water in the recipe) and it was delicious. The rest of the puree I froze for now. The next day I picked another 10 lb Cushaw that didn't make it into a photo. There is a third one that I have yet to pick.
In other winter squash news, I picked the first spaghetti squash and a little pumpkin.
I really should stop growing pumpkins. The vine borers just love them. For the same space I got this one 2 1/2 lb pumpkin compared to over 30 lbs of the Cushaw squash. The pumpkin also has one of those holes in it too.
I picked the biggest ears of corn so far this season. Unfortunately one of them had been eaten quite a bit by earworns. It seems this time in the garden is a peak for pests and fungus! The peppers are producing quite a bit while the tomatoes and cucumbers are struggling. All that rain is not going to help the tomatoes with early blight. I pruned all the dead leaves and added another row of wire to the Florida weave in an attempt to get them higher.
The other harvest that has been exceptional this week have been the melons.
I harvested almost 27 lbs of cantaloupe this week! I binged as much as possible.
But that was too much for me to handle in a week! The neighbors got some melons and the rest I cut into chunks and froze for future smoothies.
If you recall last week I was overwhelmed with all the banana peppers. I also gave a bunch to the neighbors, but then I canned some marinated peppers. I don't know how they taste, but I think they look pretty in the jars.
Finally I harvested a bouquet of flowers from the garden. I'm not good at cutting flowers from the garden because I feel like I am stealing from the bees and butterflies and hummingbirds, but there were so many blooms that I thought they may not notice if I took a few. They definitely brighten the kitchen table.
Summer squash 1.19
Dried beans 0.09
Winter squash 29.74
Weekly total: 80.4 lbs
Yearly total: 301.13 lbs (surpassed the 300 lb mark this week!)
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.