I really harvested twice this week. My first harvest was photographed without the card in the camera (again, sigh). So no photos of the pile. Just imagine a basketful of produce like I usually have. Honestly they are all pretty much alike. However I did take some photos after that to highlight a few things.
The first is the sweet pepper harvest. This is the second big sweet red pepper I've harvested. It looks beautiful. The ones of the right are more normal peppers for me however. I've always had trouble with big sweet bells. Chilies are easy for me, but not the big bells for some reason. Usually they end up about 2" long. Tiny little things. Some year I hope to learn the secret to getting big ones. Though I must confess I did get some this year so maybe it has just been the lack of heat or something lacking in my old soil. Only one plant this year is sending out tiny bells.
The second thing to highlight are my Romeo Romas. They were developed by Tim Peters. They are the most interesting paste tomato. The first few were smaller and shaped like a roma, but as they aged the shape changed to be more like an oxheart and they grew very large. The first ones all had blossom end rot too. I think the plant can't support the fruit early on. The later ones were totally BER free. These were not the largest that I've picked this week. That would be the one in the next photo. These were about 13 oz. The one below in the middle of the photo was about 19oz. And when you think about that number remember this is a paste tomato. Paste tomatoes don't have as much water in them as your standard beefsteak. I will not be growing these again. They really didn't start cropping well until the last week or so. If the weather is not long and warm like this year I might not even get a harvest. These I think would be better for the longer warmer areas of the country. And I have to say, they are easy to process. Since they are so large it is all very fast.
This was my big harvest of the week. I picked more than usual because of the threat of the hurricane that never really showed up. But if it had, I was prepared. It was too big to fit into my regular harvest basket so I just spread it out on the counter as I brought things in.
- Beans 0.19 lbs
- Cucurbits 4.1 lbs
- Pepper 1.29
- Tomato 16.62 lbs
- Spent this week: $0
- Total harvested this week 22.19 lbs
- Total for the year 237.24 lbs
- 2010 Tally $684.50
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.