Bad Dog, Annie!
My tiny bunching onions emerged from the soil yesterday (Saturday), and germination looked to be very good. Today I was working in the garden, and happened to look over my shoulder toward the new fall veggie bed behind the shed. There was Annie, sound asleep right on top of the tiny onions! It's hard to tell at this point, but I'd bet I probably lost at least half of the row. It's my fault, as I had left the front shed door open. I go in and out of the back door so often, and I hate having to open and shut it every time, but there was no way to keep the front door shut without locking it from the outside. So both doors were wide open to the dogs. But I fixed 'em.
Two hooks and a bungee cord on the inside of the doors! Now, even if I go out through the gate I can still open the front shed door by pulling it open and reaching in to unhook it. So I can just leave the back door open all the time, and no dogs can enter.
While Annie was napping, I was working on one of the sickly tomatoes, and got most of the diseased leaved cut off. I think I'll remove that lower stem, the one with the tomatoes hanging from it. It's quite leafless anyway, and now the tomatoes will just sun scald. I gave it a 2" layer of composted manure, a good deep soaking, then a thick mulch of chopped leaves. We'll see if it helps. The really sick one to its right was pulled out and put in the trash.
It looks better than it did on Friday, but that's not saying much!
I didn't think the garden was producing as well this year as in the past, but then I looked at similar harvest dates (first week in August) in years 2009-2012. This is what I found:
2009 - 382 lb.
2010 - 304 lb.
2011 - 251 lb.
2012 - 412 lb.
2013 - 418 lb.
So.....2013 harvests are actually ahead of the previous years!
I certainly can't complain about the 73 pounds I harvested this week.
While prepping the potato bed for the next crop, I found a few potatoes I'd missed. I wonder just how many more are in there. I'll find out when they all start volunteering next spring!
Cucumbers are coming in faster than Mr. Granny can eat them, so quite a few go to son Scott and daughter Amy.
For all the problems I'm having with my tomato plants this year, they are being quite generous.
Both summer squash and tomatoes fill my kitchen counter on most days.
There hasn't been a lot of corn, but what I get is sure good!
I picked the bush beans, then pulled them. They were growing into the carrots, and carrots are very dear in this year's garden! I'm getting pole beans now, anyway. Mr. Granny is sooooo sick of green beans. I think I'll go plant another row or two!
There's always one hiding, isn't there? This zucchini weighed nearly 4 pounds, not the size I like for cooking. It's too bad I don't need any sweet relish.
More tomatoes meant time to begin making salsa! I pulled a couple of spring planted garlics, but they were pretty worthless. I sauteed them in butter and cooked them with the broccoli for a little bit of flavor.
I've had quite a few sun scalded peppers this year, but they're fine for the salsa.
Still getting strawberries!
Cherry tomatoes are my new snack of choice.
Fortex beans are finally beginning to mature. This is the second picking of the week!
Seeing red....strawberries and tomatoes are always welcome!
I love a varied harvest. Especially when it nearly covers the patio table.
The third picking of Fortex beans this week!
I've never grown leeks before. It looked like they were getting quite large, so I dug one.
The leek and the contents of the basket, all cleaned up and ready to be weighed. I always clean and prep my veggies before I weigh them.
That leek was just begging to be combined with a couple of big Red Norland potatoes for Cream of Leek and Potato Soup. Then I looked at that fresh, sweet corn.....I couldn't resist, so it became corn chowder instead. I had a big bowl full for my lunch, with a slice of fresh French bread. Not a very colorful meal, but it was good, good, good! So good, I had to call my daughter and granddaughter to come over and enjoy a bowl full as well. Of course, Mr. Granny won't even taste it. He says he hates corn chowder, but I'm quite sure he's never even tried it. Since he wouldn't eat what I cooked, he had to make his own lunch. He had a bowl of cereal :-)
One final trip to the garden for the last of this week's harvest. Strawberry shortcake for Mr. Granny tonight.
This Week's Harvest
Beans (bush): 13.9 ounces
Beans (pole): 40.9 ounces
Broccoli: 12.2 ounces
Carrots: 19.8 ounces
Corn: 204.6 ounces
Cucumbers: 102.9 ounces
Garlic: 1.1 ounces
Onions (leeks): 7.6 ounces
Peppers (sweet): 56.4 ounces
Potatoes: 32.4 ounces
Squash (summer): 227.4 ounces
Strawberries: 24.1 ounces
Tomatoes: 579.8 ounces
Total for week: 1166 ounces (73 pounds)
Total to date: 418 pounds
Daphne's Dandelions is the host for Harvest Monday.