This past week found me cleaning out the refrigerator to make room for more garden goodies. I packed up more than 16 pounds of squash, zucchini, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers to take to the youngest son. Then I started all over again, and I'm once more looking at a refrigerator that is bursting at the seams.
The Red Sails lettuce is still holding up well through this heat wave. Several days in the triple digits didn't phase it at all. It's still sweet and shows no sign of bolting. I picked another "purple" pepper, but I think the variety is actually Lilac Sweet Bell Pepper - Plant produces good yields of large 4 ½" long by 3 ½" wide lilac-lavender (not purple) sweet bell peppers. Turns from ivory, to lilac-lavender, to red. This one still had a spot of ivory color on it. The potatoes that were brought in this day were some I'd missed when digging them earlier. I found them as I was digging trenches for composting kitchen scraps.
Still picking strawberries!
My first two Fort Laramie strawberries were huge! Although they are at least 4 times the size of my Tristar, I do think the smaller berries are more flavorful. I'm letting the Ft. Laramie put out runners, so I should have plenty of plants for a full bed of them next spring.
This picking of corn was cut off the cobs and frozen for five future meals.
Sunday's harvest basket #1
Contents of the first basket were baby beets (roasted for dinner), cucumbers, zucchini, summer squash, tomatoes, lettuce and basil. The Anuenue was beginning to bolt, so I pulled out one bed of it. I still have another small bed, but no room for it in the refrigerator right now.
The second trip to the garden yielded another full basket.
Basket #2 held bush beans, corn, cucumbers and sweet peppers. The beans were snapped, blanched and frozen. I have a glut of cucumbers.
The third trip to the garden, in 100 degree heat, was a short one. One hill of potatoes dug, and the strawberries quickly picked (I probably missed a few, but it was hot out there!) I've now picked over 28 pounds of strawberries from that 4'x8' bed, more than any previous year. Then I had to bake an angel food cake, to serve with the berries, for the evening dessert.
The Red Norland potatoes are getting huge! This one weighed in at just over one pound.
I made one last trip to the garden for my Sunday evening snack of cherry tomatoes.
This Week's Harvest
Beans (bush): 49.8 ounces
Beans (pole): 7.3 ounces
Beets: 12.7 ounces
Broccoli: 1.8 ounces
Carrots: 1.6 ounces
Corn: 121.4 ounces
Cucumbers: 149 ounces
Herbs: 3.2 ounces
Lettuce: 20.6 ounces
Peppers (sweet): 13.5 ounces
Potatoes: 133.9 ounces
Squash (summer): 243.1 ounces
Strawberries: 56.7 ounces
Tomatoes: 98.2 ounces
Total for week: 912.8 ounces (57 pounds)
Total to date: 267 pounds
Another huge zucchini was made into Mock Pineapple. It tastes pretty good, but it reminds me more of diced pears canned in pineapple juice. I think they would be good in a crisp, or just chilled and eaten as a breakfast "fruit".
Daphne's Dandelions is the host for Harvest Monday.