Mary's Veggie Garden

July 15, 2012

Harvest Monday July 16, 2012: A Garden Rainbow

Filed under: Beets,Gardening,Greens,Onions,Potatoes,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 9:22 pm

This weeks harvest was all about colors: a glorious rainbow of bright colors. Plus some firsts!

First harvest of Sungold Cherry Tomatoes

First Tomato: Sungold 7/12
These are from my 3 plants in my sunny plot at Vassar Farm. The same variety in my shady home garden has not even started to color up. Sungold is my favorite cherry. I’ve never tried a red whose flavor comes close. I’ve grown Sungold & Sun Sugar side by side and Sungold wins. Sungold’s flavor is more balanced: it has an acid under-tone that Sun Sugar lacks.

I continued harvesting potatoes this week, digging anything whose tops were dead. I was fortunate that a couple of friends offered me potatoes for planting. I love to try new varieties, but with my limited space I have only 1 -3 plants of these varieties. It’s enough to determine timing, yield and flavor.

These blue potatoes are an unknown variety from my friend Norma who got the original stock at a health food store. I grew them last year but accidentally ate the potatoes I intended to save for seed. When I got this year’s seed potatoes from Norma they already had 8-10″ sprouts which I buried up to the tips during planting. My three plants yielded 2.1 pounds. The potatoes are much bigger than those I dug last year.

2.1 lbs. Blue Potatoes – variety unknown

My friend Linda offered me samples from her order from Moose Tubers. I planted one hill each of Adirondack Red  and Augusta. While digging I also uncovered a couple of Blue Gold potatoes – but most of those are still underground.

L-R: Blue Gold .5 lbs., Adirondack Red .8 lbs., and Augusta 1.1 lbs Potatoes

This chard mix contains 2 varieties: Five Color Silverbeet and Orange Fantasia. I don’t know which of the orange varieties is the Orange Fantasia but one bunch has short, wide stems and the other long, narrow stems.

Chard: Five Color Silverbeet and Orange Fantasia, plus some Red Ace beets and a pepper

Cabernet Onions are an early variety and the tops were bent over. Normally I’d leave them a while but they were in the way of working with the potatoes, so out they came.

Cabernet Onions

It didn’t seem like I had much to harvest  until I added it all up.

Peas: 1 lb. Oregon Sugar Pod II; 1.3 lb. Sugar Snaps. Both varieties have been removed from the garden.
Zephyr summer squash: 1.9 lbs.
Carrots: 2 oz. Yaya and 1 lb. Bolero thinnings.
Onions: not weighed until dried and bagged.
Potatoes: 4.7 lbs Yukon Gold, plus the potatoes in the pictures.
Broccoli: a few side shoots
Scallions: .5 lbs
Beets: Red Ace 1.2 lbs
Swiss Chard: 2 lbs.

The rack holding the potatoes is an old dish drainer turned upside down. I  wash the root vegetables (carrots, beets & potatoes but not onions) before bring them home from my plot at Vassar Farm. Unfortunately, there are a lot of diseases in the soil at VF, and I don’t want to bring those home. The rack lets the veggies dry without sitting on the grass.

Did you notice how dead the grass is? Finally, we got some rain Sunday evening – a bit over an inch.


  1. Your potatoes and onions are drop dead gorgeous!

    Comment by Adventures in Agriburbia — July 16, 2012 @ 1:10 pm | Reply

  2. Beautiful, colorful harvest.

    Comment by crafty_cristy — July 16, 2012 @ 1:31 pm | Reply

  3. A nice and varied harvest. On the chard, I would say the chard on the far right of the photo is the Orange Fantasia. The blue potatoes are neat..There’s a guy in Washington state who specializes in breeding blue potatoes and blue tomatoes (he was the breeder who developed the Green Zebra tomato). His web site is at

    Comment by Dave's SFG — July 16, 2012 @ 1:56 pm | Reply

    • Interesting link – wish he had more pics on his catalog page. I didn’t realize there are ‘blue’ tomatoes. I’ve grown white, red, yellow, orange, green, and black.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 16, 2012 @ 2:11 pm | Reply

  4. Still playing catch up, need to find time to dig in my potatoes. Glad you had a good harvest of the blues, if only we knew the name. How did the ones from the Rhinebeck farmers market do? I notice from the photos that you washed your potatoes, I read somewhere that we should not.

    Comment by Norma Chang — July 16, 2012 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

    • I’ve read the same, but I’ve never noticed that washing does any harm. Freshly dug potatoes have very tender skin, so they must be washed gently. The water pressure at VF is high enough to strip off the skin, so I fill a bowl with water and rinse. I haven’t dug the rest yet – they are on the other end with the long season potatoes.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 16, 2012 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  5. That was a very nice harvest week. I love the purple potatoes. I’ve never grow a type that colorful. Does the color go into the flesh? or are they white fleshed? We finally got some welcome rain this week as well and it has sure helped the lawn and garden.

    Comment by Rick — July 16, 2012 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

    • Although I complain about the dryness here, I think it’s been even drier where you are.

      With some purple potatoes the color goes through but with others it’s just on the outside. When the inside is purple, it tends to be purple streaked. Some retain their color during cooking, others loose it. This unknown variety retains it’s color and has excellent flavor. I’ll post some pictures when I cook these.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 17, 2012 @ 7:56 am | Reply

  6. What a nice looking harvest! I love to grow potatoes, especially all the different colored ones out there. I am slowly working my way through the more commonly available varieties to see which I like best and grow best here. I suppose that should keep me busy for a few life times 😉

    Comment by maryhysong — July 17, 2012 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

    • Sometime in the fall I’ll write a post summarizing all the potatoes for the year – and I hope to have some flavor information by then. Must remember to take pictures of each variety cut open.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 18, 2012 @ 5:32 am | Reply

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