This week was an amazing harvest looked at one way, and pretty pitiful looked at another way. The poundage was high at almost 20 lbs. Really unheard of for me at this time of year with this kind of space. But it was all squash and tomatoes. Nothing else.
Almost half of the tomato weight was in Cherokee Purple this time. Amish Paste seems to be a pretty steady producer, but the Cherokees come in flushes. My Market Miracle is sort of between the two. Those are my only big ones left. Well I have Romeo, but I can't see any tomatoes on it, but it is hard to tell since that and the Amish Paste are so entwined that some of those tomatoes could be Romeo if they got bigger. The shapes are the same so it is hard to tell until they start to ripen.
Besides the tomatoes, I'm also getting squash. This is my pride and joy. It is the only butternut that didn't get eaten by the groundhog. He ate about ten of them. Could you imagine my joy if I got 40 lbs of butternuts instead of 4 lbs? The reason it was overlooked was because a section of vine climbed up the bean trellis. This baby was hanging behind all the bean plants. The groundhog would eat by grazing down the squash leaves until it got to a squash. Then he would eat it. Since the bed is only 2 1/2' deep it was easy for him to find all the squash. When I saw it sizing up I put bird netting all around the ground to keep the groundhog from wanting to come in farther to find it. It worked like a charm.
Now that the squash has been pulled out I put the netting over the cucumbers as the squirrels have taken to eating all of them before they even size up. This is why there were no cukes in the harvest this week. There were no beans because I pulled the green beans as the rust had really taken over them and I didn't want it to get to my dried beans. I have no dried beans because I haven't bothered to shell them yet. I never weigh them until they are shelled.
But soon the fall harvests will start. I won't have a huge variety or area for them, but if they size up in time it will be a nice little harvest.
- Cucurbits 4.36 lbs
- Tomato 15.41 lbs
- Spent this week: $0
- Total harvested this week 19.77 lbs
- Total for the year 266.82 lbs
- 2010 Tally $835.38
Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to show off, add your name and link to Mr Linky below.