Monday, August 3, 2009

Harvest Monday August 3, 2009

It is Monday again so it must be time for harvests. If you want to join me in showing off your harvest (big or small) put your name and URL in Mr. Linky down at the bottom of the post. It makes it easier for people to find your blog and read your post. Now on to the harvests.

The snow peas are still eeking out a living. They gave me about half a pound of peas this week so I can't justify ripping them up yet. Sigh. They are so ugly right now. The beans on the other hand are beautiful and have picked up the pace. I'll be having beans every week all summer long. That or give away the abundance.

My squash is putting out male blossoms like mad. Last week I got a single zucchini off of one of my four plants. This week nada. I have eaten a few male squash blossoms, but am waiting on more zucchini.

The chard as always keeps producing. It seems much happier since the peas have been pulled back. They were pretty shaded last week but this week they have produced a few ounces more.

Hopefully you noticed the pile of tomatoes that I picked there. There are over a pound of Sungold F2s in that one picking. Earlier in the week I picked Aliana, Black Moor, and Chocolate Cherry, but they can't hold a candle to the Sungold production. The tomatillos are also hiding in the bottom. They keep putting out a few every day. Not much, but hopefully it will add up.

The above photo also shows my first cucumber harvested. Hallelujah! I love cucumbers in the summer. They go into all sorts of salsas and salads, plus they will make pickles for the winter if I get enough. I planted enough to do this, but I just don't know if they will really start producing or not.

I once again picked the serranos. I think this will be a weekly occurrence. I have six serrano plants and I can't believe their production. I really like them a lot. If only they were hot peppers. The cold weather has turned them into sweet peppers. They taste great though so it really isn't' too much of a complaint. I'm growing cayennes too and will have to add them when ever heat is required. I just hope my jalapenos will be a bit hotter.

Yes you have seen this photo earlier in the week. Usually I don't duplicate, but it is so pretty. I finally got to add the garlic to the tally. I had to wait a month to do it, but here it is. Technically they were harvested in early July, but I couldn't weigh them until they were dried, trimmed and cleaned up.

So here are the weekly tally totals:

  • Alliums 3.31
  • Beans 0.72 lbs
  • Berries 1.34 lbs
  • Cucurbits 0.24 lbs
  • Greens 0.53 lbs
  • Herbs 0.22 lbs
  • Peas 0.56 lbs
  • Peppers 0.48 lbs
  • Tomatillo 0.11
  • Tomatoes 2.74 lbs

Weekly total: 10.27 lbs
Weekly spent: $0
Yearly total: 59.05 lbs
Yearly earned: $146.91


  1. Technically I'm almost an hour early, it won't be Monday here for another 55 minutes...close enough. Happy Harvest Monday!

  2. Hi Daphne, what a beautiful harvest! I am a Massachuseets gardener as well, down on the South Coast. This is my first year gardening so I don't have a kitchen scale yet or I would join in on your Harvest Monday post.

  3. Hi Daphne,

    Your veggies look good. My peppers are just approaching readiness, just in time for vacation -- oh well! But I did add my harvest tally from last week, mostly delicious blueberries. Thanks for hosting the Harvest Tally.

  4. Annie's Granny, lol you have figured out that I post at 1am EST. I guess that means the west coast can link up a day early. If I get any Australians joining they would have to post late.

    Kelly, you don't need to weigh anything. All you need to do is take photos and/or talk about your harvest. You don't even need to do a whole week's worth. You can just highlight one thing if you want. I do a tally, but you don't have to.

    Ali, I know how you feel. My next weeks tally will be really small. I'll be gone most of the time - including Monday. I'll still have my post scheduled so people can join in though. My harvest will be tiny. But the next one ought to make up for it :>

    Amanda, tomatoes are always my favorite. I was happy to get so many this week. Right now I have tons of little ones on my kitchen counter. I keep eating them. I'm wondering if I will get tired of them by the end of the summer.

  5. Hi Daphne, such a great harvest and a top idea for a post. I would be an Aussie who would join in, but it is winter and the harvest is a bit meagre, some lettuce each day and occasional snowpeas. I'll post one monday if I have a proper haul! Keep up the good work.

  6. Hi Daphne, another nice haul from the garden there!

    I'm wondering if you got your serranos and jalapenos mixed up - those look a lot like jalapenos to me. Serranos are thinner, have pointier tips and thinner stems, and are usually hotter than jalapenos - which would explain the lack of heat.

    I'm putting together my harvest post now.

  7. prue, I'm glad we have at least one Aussie that is joining in. When our winter hits we will be able to drool over all your veggies. It will inspire us as we try to figure out what seed to buy. In my winter, I won't be harvesting anything except icicles and snowflakes. We get pretty frozen so lettuce and snowpeas sounds pretty good.

    Michelle, I think you are right. I had no clue as to what a serrano looked like. I hadn't ever used them before in cooking. The tags on the peppers got all messed up this spring. I was just guessing. I've always grown jalapenos and the peppers looked a bit blocky for them. But this is a new source of jalapenos, so I think they grow slightly differently than my old plants did. The other peppers are much more pointy. I'll have to change my Excel sheet. BTW they are still too mild for jalapenos. Usually I don't chop and seed them with gloves (I'm crazy I know) and there was really no pain involved at all. I'm used to getting punished if I get the seeds under my fingernails, but not this time. Even the seeds and white part was mild.

  8. "BTW they are still too mild for jalapenos"

    Since mine are the same, no heat even in the seeds, I'm wondering if we're picking them too young. Do they have to be larger to be hotter? I've never grown them before, but I need some heat in my jalapenos!

  9. You have a great selection of veggies. I agree with you about Sungold - they are an excellent tomato and very early for me which is a bonus.

  10. Daphne, did you know that there are mild jalapenos available now? I think there's one called "fooled you" or something like that and I think the the TAM is mild also.

    Tell me about grating and freezing zucchini. Do you just freeze the raw grated zucchini in containers? How do you use it? I'm getting a bit desperate! I already made a couple of quarts of pickles.

  11. Annie's Granny, I figure I can always use some cayenne to make my salsa or whatever hot. Of course if it is nachos I really do need a hot jalapeno. Luckily the ones harvested today are hotter. I think if our warm sunny weather keeps up we will get some nice hot peppers soon.

    easygardener, I love the selection now that the summer veggies are starting to come in.

    Michelle, yes I've heard about them. Mine are supposed to be hot. They are the Early Jalapenos that Pinetree sells. They are starting to get hotter now that we are getting some sun.
    To freeze zucchini, just grate it and freeze. I don't blanch. It defrosts a bit watery, but works great for zucchini bread (don't drain before using or the bread will be dry), soups and casseroles. I usually freeze it premeasured so I can just thaw and toss in my recipes.

  12. Woohoo! I actually had somewhat of a harvest today. Up until yesterday it was three measly okra. I got some peppers today, so I'm feeling good now. I just love the picture of that garlic.

  13. Lovely to see everyone's harvests!

  14. All your harvests look great Daphne and yes that garlic is worth duplicating, it is gorgeous! I am still waiting on green beans. Green beans are one of my favorites but my poles have just started blooming this weekend. I did pick dragon tongues for this mondays harvest though, I will try them tomorrow.

  15. Love your harvest! Ive never grown garlic.

  16. I keep forgetting the squash blossoms are edible. How do you prepare yours?

  17. I guess I may have to join in next Monday. I generally do not take pictures of every day's harvest... as I am in the garden harvesting almost every day and the camera does not always go with me to get the dinner prep items! But if it is okay to just recap and then show what pictures were taken ... then I am in.

    The garlic IS beautiful and was definitely worth a repeat look.

  18. Your veg look so crisp and clean. Works of art ! The garlic look photo shoot ready !
    I agree on the Sungolds. They are very messy plants ( in my garden at least ) the most 'vine' like of all the tomatoes I've planted. But the flavour. For something so small in size they don't hold back on flavour !

  19. Your harvest looks great. I'm a day late with my post. Better late then never, they say.


  20. Ribbit, the peppers are a much better harvest. What do you do with three okra?

    Jackie, I love to see them too :>

    Dan, dragon tongue always looks so pretty. I've never grown it though since it is a bush bean. I like the way poles look too much. A weird way to pick a plant but I used to grow summer squash when I still wouldn't eat it because I loved the way the plants looked.

    Mrs. Darling, thanks

    Cheryl, I usually shred them into my salads. They have a really nice mild taste. I also stir fry them occasionally (don't cook too long or they turn to mush). Most people use them as stuffed squash blossoms, but I don't like fried food that much so I don't do it anymore.

    kitsapFG, I didn't have photos of all my harvests either. I picked berries but if you notice there are no berry photos this week. Last week I had two so I figured I'd pictured them enough :> I also forget to take photos sometimes especially when I'm busy.

    Tomatolover, thanks. Right now my sungolds are looping around the top of the cages. The old leaves get cut off and the new ones take their place. I think I should just grow them with a mesh about two feet off the ground and let them sprawl on the mesh. It might be easier.

    Emily, thanks. Oh yes definitely better late than never.

  21. I totally missed Monday Harvest day! I posted late... here it is Wednesday already.

    I love your garlic photo!!!

  22. hihi fellow garden addicts!! i love all the photos... i just wish i had a bigger garden!!

  23. Roasted Garlic, welcome and thanks.

  24. Very beautiful garlic! I have to remember to clean mine up. Its still "drying" out on the patio. I hope I can do half as good.

    Thanks for posting the great photo.