Mary's Veggie Garden

August 6, 2012

Harvest Monday August 6, 2012

Filed under: Corn,Cucumbers,Diseases,Gardening,Late Blight,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:02 pm
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Finally – the start of the corn harvest! Actually the corn is ahead of schedule. I planted June 1 with a variety that is supposed to mature in 72 days, but  started harvesting at 62 days. The first ears were a bit young, but we prefer immature corn to over-mature corn. Today’s harvest, at 66 days, is just about perfect.

Corn Sugar Buns

Sugar Buns ears are very slender, sweet and tender. I sprayed the silk with Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), but I must have missed a few ears. The peeled ear had three corn earworms but the rest are perfect.

Cucumbers Sweet Success

At the community gardens I’m growing cucumbers under a row cover to avoid striped cucumber beetles and the bacterial wilt they carry. You can only do this with varieties that set fruit without pollination. The fruit is seedless because it has not been pollinated. Yield also seems a bit low.

This is a typical harvest basket from my home garden:

Sungold and Mountain Magic tomatoes, Zephyr squash and Rattlesnake beans.

Harvest for the week:

Beans: .75# Royal Burgundy, harvested as I ripped out the plants; 1.68# Rattlesnake pole beans

Beets: 1.25# Red Ace

Broccoli: .5# Bay Meadows head plus .25# Packman side shoots

Cabbage: .7# Wheeler’s Imperial. My cabbages have been a failure this year. Both Early Jersey Wakefield plants never headed up.

Carrots: 2# Yaya

Corn: 4# (10 ears) Sugar Buns

Cucumbers: 3.8# Sweet Success

Onions: This week I harvested Copra and Pontiac, the last of my onions.

Potatoes: .84# Sangre and 10.5# Russet Burbank. RB is the best storing potato I grow; I hope to be eating these next March.

Squash: 3.15# Zephyr

Tomatoes: It’s so sad, my plants in the community garden have Late Blight. I’ve spent hours cutting off and bagging infected branches. But 2 days later, the next level of the plant is infected. Soon the tops of the plants are going to meet the bottoms. But meanwhile harvest has been fantastic – 16 pounds of Sungold cherries from my 3 disappearing plants. Plus 4 pounds of Big Beef.

Here is my entire onion harvest (minus those we’ve eaten) drying for storage. Last week I thought these shelves were full – turned out there was plenty of additional space.

Onions top left:Cabernet, bottom left: onions from sets, right, both shelves Copra

The Copra onions are usually medium sized, but this year many are large.

More Copra onions

Pontiac is supposed to be a storage onion, however it is rather thick necked (the tops never folded over).  Also there is a lot of size variation. Although some are very large most are medium to small – quite unexpected in a hybrid. I’ll be comparing the storage life of Pontiac and Cabernet with the champion, Copra.

Pontiac onions

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8 Comments »

  1. Wow you have grown some lovely veg! I hope to have some sweetcorn but my plants aren’t big enough yet. It’s the first tI e I’ve tried to grow them so wish me luck!

    Comment by Greenhousestarter — August 6, 2012 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  2. What lovely ears of corn. I should try to plant some next year. If I do I’ll have to give up some other vegetable since my garden is small.

    Comment by Marcia — August 6, 2012 @ 6:20 pm | Reply

    • Yup, corn is a space hog. After a complete watermelon failure last year, I decided to use the space for more corn this year.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — August 6, 2012 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

  3. So sorry to hear about your tomato plants, that is heartbreaking. Good looking corn. That’s a lot of onion.

    Comment by Norma Chang — August 6, 2012 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

    • It looks like a lot of onions, but it’s all planned out to feed us through early spring.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — August 6, 2012 @ 7:01 pm | Reply

  4. Great Harvest and beautiful corn!

    Comment by Sustainably Modern — August 7, 2012 @ 8:20 am | Reply

  5. Looks wonderful!

    Comment by jenny — August 7, 2012 @ 10:02 am | Reply


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