Mary's Veggie Garden

July 30, 2012

Harvest Monday July 30, 2012

Filed under: Gardening,Onions,Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 7:06 am

Drying onions: top Cabernet, grown from seed, bottom, grown from sets.

This week I’ve been harvesting potatoes and onions for storage. The potato bed is mostly empty; I’ll plant snap peas there today. The onions are drying in a protected area on the deck. My rack is full, but there are still lots more onions to harvest.

Look carefully at the picture, bottom shelf. The big onions on the left were grown in full sun at my community garden plot, the tiny ones on the right were grown in the shadiest part of my home garden. Sunlight makes a difference.

The weather has been rainy all week, roughly 3″. A brief, intense thunderstorm Thursday 7PM knocked out power for 20 hours. From the house, we watched the power lines arc and spark for a full minute before the transformer popped and the fireworks ended.


Beans: 1 # Royal Burgundy; plus the first Rattlesnake pole beans of the season. Several were eaten in the garden.
Beets: 1.1# Cylindra
Carrots: 2.2# Yaya

4 pounds Fingerling potatoes & 6.5 ounces Adirondack Blue.

Chard: 2.4# Orange Fantasia & Five Color Silverbeet
Cucumber: .8# Sweet Success. My first cuke of the year – planted late (6/5) so first harvest is late. Lots more coming.
Onions: .7# yellow sets (cooked)
Pepper: .3# – first pepper, a Carmen picked green for the pizza
Potatoes: 20.4 pounds of several varieties. When the harvest is complete I’ll write a post comparing varieties.
Squash: 1.5# Zephyr
Tomatoes: 7.8# Sungold from the 3 plants in my sunny community garden plot, .45# Sungold from the 4 plants in the shade at home. I oven-roasted 3#  then froze for winter eating.


  1. Sorry to hear about your power outage, 20 hours, that was an awfully long period, especially since Friday hot, humid and miserable, Did you lose a lot of your fridge and freezer items? Nice onion harvest.

    Comment by Norma Chang — July 30, 2012 @ 7:13 am | Reply

    • We ran the generator to keep the fridge/freeze down to a reasonable temp, though I tossed a few things from the fridge. I haven’t frozen much of this years harvest – so my stand-alone freezer is empty & off but the other freezer is packed which helps keep things cold in an outage.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 30, 2012 @ 8:03 am | Reply

  2. Your cabernet onions are simply gorgeous! I think I might have to try that variety next! Happy harvetsing!

    Comment by Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) — July 30, 2012 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  3. I grew Cabernet onions too this year but mine were not nearly as nice as yours – sun availability is definitely the difference. We grow in a region that get’s morning clouds regularly and it just is not that warm. Some crops (like the onions and tomatoes) pout as a result.

    Comment by kitsapfg — July 30, 2012 @ 8:17 am | Reply

    • Even a few trees can make all the difference in the world, as shown by my two gardens.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 30, 2012 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  4. Gorgeous stores for putting away! With onion thrips in abundance, I fear few onions here this year…

    Comment by diary of a tomato — July 30, 2012 @ 10:43 am | Reply

    • I believe my garden does have thrips, from the characteristic damage on the leaves. But they do not seem to reduce yield. Maybe my varieties have some resistance or something, because I don’t treat the onions, except to fertilize.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 30, 2012 @ 6:23 pm | Reply

  5. Fabulous harvest! I look forward to hearing the potato variety comparison.

    Comment by zentMRS — July 30, 2012 @ 2:36 pm | Reply

  6. What a great onion harvest! I have decided to try my hand at onions next year!

    Comment by Adventures in Agriburbia — July 30, 2012 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

    • Onions are the first seeds I start – 3/1-3/6 for planting out around April 21. Onions are not glamorous, but in mid-winter it’s nice to be eating home-grown organic food.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 30, 2012 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  7. Everything looks fantastic this week. I love the purple potatoes. We grew them 2 years ago but we couldn’t get the kids to eat them ’cause they were different. 😦

    Comment by Rick — July 30, 2012 @ 10:12 pm | Reply

    • Ah, kids! When my daughter was younger she barely touched a Sungold cherry. Now, at 19, she eats them compulsively. Yesterday she saw the 4# harvest from my community garden plot, volunteered to wash them, then she must have eaten up towards a pound.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 31, 2012 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  8. Holy Moley! Those are beautiful onions!

    Comment by Lisa — July 30, 2012 @ 11:11 pm | Reply

  9. Great onion and potato harvest. While sun is essential, I also have had better results growing onions from transplants rather than sets.

    Comment by Dave's SFG — July 31, 2012 @ 7:40 am | Reply

    • I can’t compare my seed grown transplants to the sets because they are different varieties. With the sets, it only costs a few cents to plant half in each garden and the results are dramatically different. Actually, I could put half of a batch of transplants in each garden, but since I grow my own transplants it seems like a waste of effort to plant half in a shady spot.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — July 31, 2012 @ 8:56 am | Reply

  10. really nice harvest; I too have seen a dramatic difference in the size of my onion bulbs between the shady end of the bed and the sunny one. Next year will plant on the other side of the path where they will get more sun all day.

    Comment by maryhysong — July 31, 2012 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

  11. Those potatoes! WOWIE! I’m impressed, they are perfectly perfect. 🙂

    Comment by Barbie — August 1, 2012 @ 2:39 pm | Reply

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