Monday, August 31, 2009

Harvest Monday August 31 2009

Monday (not shown): onions
Tuesday: tomatoes, tomatillos, cucumbers, beans

This week was an exciting week in the harvest. The last of the non-cherry tomatoes were pulled as was the eggplant. To take their place is the start of the raspberries and dried beans. The garden is slowly moving away from the summer garden and into the fall garden.

Wednesday: squash blossoms, cucumbers, beans, tomatillos, tomatoes, dried beans (not shown)

Raspberries picked on: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday

Since the last of the non-cherry tomatoes were pulled I thought I'd look at their total harvests for the year. There were three varieties planted in 4 five gallon pails. There were two Market Miracle tomatoes. They produced a total of 15 lbs of tomatoes or 7.5lbs each. The next biggest producer was Black Moor at 5.5lbs. This was a reasonably tasty black plum tomato. It as prone to blossom end rot, but still produced well. The loser in so many ways was Early Ssubakus Aliana. It only produced 3.4lbs and like many yellow tomatoes was very mild (read tasteless). It was candy sweet, but didn't taste like a tomato.

Thursday: tomatillo (not shown), cayenne, tomato, squash blossoms (not shown)

Of these I think I will only grow Market Miracle again. Considering it was a bad tomato year, it was container grown , had late blight and was serverly pruned, it still performed admirably. I'd love to see what it can do in a good year. Even if it doesn't do better, having a tomato that can still reliably produce in our unpredictable weather is very useful.

Friday: tropea onion, tatsoi, mizuna, komatsuna, cucumber, beans, rosemary, tomatoes, tomatillos, eggplants, dried beans (not shown)

Sunday: tomatoes, tomatillos, basil, beans, bunching onion, Armenian cucumber

So here are the weekly tally totals:

  • Alliums 1.00
  • Beans 3.20 lbs
  • Berries 1.13 lbs
  • Cucurbits 1.19 lbs
  • Eggplant 0.53 lbs
  • Greens 0.89 lbs
  • Herbs 0.19 lbs
  • Peppers 0.26 lbs
  • Tomatillo 0.26 lbs
  • Tomatoes 10.89 lbs

Weekly total: 19.53 lbs
Weekly spent: $0
Yearly total: 147.92 lbs
Yearly earned: $529.62

If you would like to join in showing off your harvest, put your name and URL into Mr. Linky below. It doesn't matter how big or small your harvest is. You don't have to count the pounds like I do. If you have had a harvest this last week, show us and join in!


  1. Been watching you "investment" going from red to so far in the black even in this poor growing season. I meant to do something similiar but got lazy. Maybe next year :)

  2. hehe great harvest week! Alas I cannot join you this time around, but hoping to revel in the beauty of everyone else's harvests (and at least I joined in last week, yayayay!) What counts as a fall crop in your garden?

  3. Oh my...just look at all those pretty colors. Great harvest!

  4. Oh, Daphne...I think I'm going to have to find room for some fall raspberries next year. Yours are so beautiful!

  5. Hi Daphne, with so many having that blight problem, your tomato harvest is miraculous! All looks so clean and healthy, no boo boos on anything. You have inspired me to go out and get the rest of those non cherry tomatoes here, they are rotting on the vine, for I have lost interest in them. We didn't even make sauce, a first and that is a bad thing, but there are still some non splitting ones hanging, maybe. If they split, they are spoiled, right? I figure the bacteria has entered so don't eat them. Is that a correct assumption?

  6. CVG, I'm happy that it just keeps going up. I keep wondering what the end will be. It will be fun to deconstruct it at the end of the year.

    prue, well you will keep us drooling come winter time here when it is your summer.

    EG, your tomatoes were just lovely. I miss the pile on my counter. The cherries are good, but just not the same as a pile of big tomatoes.

    Annie's Granny, Ha! and I need some of those strawberries. The dreaded chipmunk eats them though, so I quit growing them. I will find a way some year.

    Frances, I only had a handful of tomatoes that got blight. The cherries are cracking terribly with all the rain we have gotten recently though. I don't bring them in for the harvest though. As to the cracking of large tomatoes,they don't always spoil if they split. Sometimes they do, sometimes they scar over. I've had both. Cut into them and find out. Sometimes you can save a lot of the tomato.

  7. Great harvest!.. Huh, that would last for weeks for the two of us here.... great job Daphne.

  8. That is a gorgeous photo of the raspberries, Daphne!

  9. Hmm, connection problems right when I wanted to post a comment...

    As I was trying to say before, that's another great harvest! Isn't it amazing how much food our gardens can produce, even in a bad year.

  10. I could look at those raspberries all day! And that Armenian cucumber, wowsa.

    You amaze and inspire. Always! Thanks, Daphne.

  11. One word: Wonderful !

    Not sure I want to put my name up there, Daphne. I know you say "It doesn't matter how big or small your harvest is" but girl, I'm starting to think it does ! lol. Oh, I'll be a sport and put it up anyway. ;):)

    Lovely harvest.

  12. Bangchik, well yesterday I gave some of it my neighbor. I couldn't eat it all. Some was frozen for the winter.

    Amanda, thanks.

    Michelle, I'm always surprised by how much I get. Some years are even worse though. Sometimes I get really bad rodents like groundhogs. Those I really hate as they will eat everything to the ground.

    June, me too. I love the raspberries and your tomato looks divine.

    Miss M, your harvest is plenty nice. If you had just one perfect Brandywine it would have been worth posting for that photo, but you had two and more.

  13. What lovely and varied harvests you continue to have Daphne!

  14. All your cherries are beautiful, such a nice mix of colors. Further to you comment about the cherokee purple's, I can send you some seed next season. I just started fermenting a few hundred tonight. I didn't take any cross pollination precautions though. They are regular leaf so presumably they will be true seed.

  15. Nice yield this week. I'm glad you could get lots of tomatoes, even by pruning back some plants with blight.

  16. Dan, Oh I would love to have some Cherokee Purple seed when it is ready. I think I'll be offering up my seed in Nov and Dec. I didn't save a lot of tomato seed though. Mostly Market Miracle. I don't isolate my tomatoes either. My garden is just too small. I thought about screening over one blossom cluster but didn't think it was worth the bother.

    Sally, me too. I'm sad the big tomato harvest is over though. I was having fun making sauce or salsa every couple of days.

  17. Thanks for organizing this wonderful garden party. The pictures are inspiring. Also practical. I liked the picture showing the vegetable scale because I had been wondering how you collect your statistics.

  18. BB, the weird reason for the scale is that I forgot to take a photo. I remembered when it was in the scale, so just took it like that. I also have a five pound post office scale for the really big things. This one only goes up to 10oz which wasn't big enough for the largest of the tomatoes. I also tend to weigh the sungolds all at once in that plastic container. It weighs exactly 8oz so it is easy to calculate.

  19. Daphne, I have been lusting for one of those 11 pound kitchen scales, or even one that goes to 22 pounds! I had to use my bathroom scale for the pumpkins, and it only weighs to the nearest half pound, and won't even work for anything under 15 pounds. Mr. H got tired of standing on it, holding the pumpkins, so I could get an estimate of their weight ;-)

  20. Well if I ever get anything over five pounds I'll lust after them too. Luckily I do have a very nice digital bathroom scale. It go to a tenth of a pound which is fine for the really heavy stuff. . . if I get heavy stuff.

  21. Great idea, and it looks, even despite the horrors of Death Day, that all is growing and glowing in your garden! We're just entering the big harvest here, I'll post pictures (though I'm not as handy with a camera as you, great raspberry shot!

  22. Ancel, Both harvest monday and death day are high slanted posts. Nature always has her way. She gives and takes. Plus some of the death of death day is perfectly normal here and to be expected, like powdery mildew at the end of August. I do love how the posts came on the same day. They really show the the good of gardening and the pains.