Harvest Monday 9/19

Here are a few harvests from earlier this week. I made salsa so I picked a lot of peppers. I bought a 1/2 bushel of tomatoes to can since mine aren’t producing as much as last year.

Friday and Saturday night had frost warnings so I went out on Friday afternoon to pick all the tomatoes with any color on them.

I also picked almost all the basil.

We got some frost on the cucumbers and squash.  Saturday I harvested the rest of the pumpkins and winter squash.  Last year I had 70 lbs of pumpkins.  This year they got a late start because of slug damage and I had only a few set.  I only had 31 lbs of pumpkins.  My winter squash total is lower too. I haven’t picked the butternut squash yet, but I’ll get them this week. Between lower pumpkin and squash weights and fewer tomatoes this year I know I’ll not match last year’s harvest total in pounds, though we have a larger variety. The large green squash is a marina di chioggia winter squash.

I picked the rest of my peppers on Saturday since Matt was using the smoker so I put on the rest of the jalapenos, paprika peppers, & some Hungarian wax peppers on to smoke. We’ll make some chipotle powder & paprika hopefully.

Two of our chickens started laying eggs this week.  We got six eggs this week. They’re small but we enjoyed some yummy scrambled eggs for breakfast on Saturday morning.

I finally braided the rest of my onions and weighed them so they are in the harvest total this week.  I used this method from last year and made one long string.
The apple tree branches were weighed down so I picked some of the apples.  There were over 6 lbs here and I left some on the tree for later.

Harvest total this week: 63.88 lbs
Harvest this year: 286.81 lbs.

Eggs this week:  6

See other gardener’s harvest posts at Daphne’s Dandelions.

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9 Responses to Harvest Monday 9/19

  1. kitsapfg says:

    We are getting far less production this year out of the garden too. Ours was a function of an abnormally cool summer – set all kinds of records in fact this year. We also ended up with a lot of variety and sufficient to meet our food needs but not the usual bounty we are accustomed too. Squash in particular seem to be suffering the most from the cool conditions. Luckily we have a while before our usual first frosts – so there is yet hope that some of the pumpkins will make it to maturity.

  2. Wilderness says:

    I think many of us are suffering with low production this year due to weather. The cool nights stunted my corn to the point I didn’t even bother picking it. I will just pull the stalks and have them for fall decoration on my deck. Also the constant rain was no help to the garden. Things were way too wet most of the time. I escaped the frost here on the mountain but the low land around me had frost the past 3 nights.

  3. Marcia says:

    That was a lot of apples for those little trees. How will you use them?

    I bet you did enjoy those eggs.

    And it doesn’t look like you will have pumpkins until next spring 2012 like this year. I guess too much rain is a factor like Wilderness said. I didn’t even post a harvest blog – nothing harvested except basil.

  4. Barbie says:

    MMMmmmm apples…. YUM!!!!
    So hard to believe it’s that time of year again.

  5. Robin says:

    It’s been a low production year for all of us. Everything looks great! Congrats on your eggs…I bet they were wonderful!

    We want to see what you do with all those apples!

    • Emily says:

      So far the apples are just for eating. When you wash them and scrub with a potato brush, they come out shiny and wonderful looking.

  6. Bee Girl says:

    That marina di chioggia winter squash is fantastic! What does it taste like???

  7. Veggie PAK says:

    Great pics! Nice harvests all over your place! Eggs are great, but those apples… Oh, how I miss my grandmother’s orchards!!

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