Mary's Veggie Garden

August 20, 2012

Harvest Monday, August 20, 2012

Filed under: Corn,Gardening,Kale,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:53 am
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There is a late summer feel in the air. The birds are starting to flock and the cicadas have calmed down.The temperature didn’t get above 85 all week and Saturday at 5PM it was only 71. I don’t mind canning or freezing under these conditions. And that is a good thing, as there was lots to can and freeze.

I started harvesting my second planting of corn about a week ago. The variety is called Incredible and it truly is incredible! I harvested 29 ears this week, 18 of those yesterday. I didn’t want to leave them to get over-mature. I found a few earworms but most ears were perfect, sweet but not overly sweet, tender crisp and corny.The ears at the top may have been the second ears on the stalk; four of them look a little dry and one is not well pollinated. But with sweet corn I’m happy to get a second ear looking that good.

Incredible Corn!

This picking was steamed. Three ears were eaten for dinner, the rest was cut from the cob and frozen.

The cool weather Saturday inspired me to clean up the kale patch. The plants were starting to flop over the path I’ll need to harvest my late planting of cucumbers. An overnight rain on plants full of leaves made the kale very heavy. I’ve been mostly ignoring the kale, so the bottom 2″ of leaves on each stalk turned into mulch. The remaining leaves were in surprisingly good condition – no imported cabbage worm damage. I think the birds have eaten all the worms.  There are two bird houses in the garden. House wrens nested in one box and house sparrows in the other. Both bird couples raised two broods. That’s a lot of nestlings to feed. Of course the birds giveth and they taketh away. I now have a dozen house sparrows lurking in the garden, and they seem to like Sungold cherry tomatoes. For sure, I’m not harvesting many.

Winterbor kale – left, 3 pounds awaiting cleaning; right, 2 pounds, cleaned.

The kale harvest weighed in at five pounds. Rinsed and chopped, two pounds filled my largest bowl. The kale was steamed in batches, rinsed to cool, and pressed into ice-cube trays. The entire five pounds filled 3.5 trays which were emptied into a single gallon freezer bag.

Kale frozen in ice cube trays.

My husband, who packed the ice-cube trays, says the kale cubes have the density of neutronium.

The big tomatoes are ripening. Friday I canned seven pints, mostly Big Beef. Big Beef is juicy so those will probably be used for winter soup. The next batch, will be mostly Granadero, a dense, drier tomato, better for sauce.

A bowl of Big Beef and two colanders of Granadero tomatoes.

Three Opalka and a bunch of Mountain Magic tomatoes.

Oh, and the peppers are ripening. The dinner salad now contains red and orange pepper strips (Carmen and Flavorburst peppers) and cucumber slices. Here is a typical basket harvested from my home garden:

Basil & oregano, tomatoes, and a Flavorburst pepper.

Here is a typical harvest, bagged up for transport by bike from my community garden plot.

Two Carmen peppers, a Big Bertha pepper, a Big Beef tomato & some Sungold cherry tomatoes.

I’m feeling too lazy to type in the harvest numbers for the week. Besides, I need to go can those tomatoes. Suffice it to say the total for the year is 323 pounds.

Check in with Daphne’s Dandelions to see harvests from around the U.S. and around the world.

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10 Comments »

  1. Wonderful harvest! That corn looks so yummy.

    Comment by jenny — August 20, 2012 @ 10:02 am | Reply

  2. I have to admit that I enjoy the gardening MUCH more than the preserving/canning. I tolerate that part because I so enjoy the eating :).

    Comment by Sustainably Modern — August 20, 2012 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  3. I think it’s really funny that your husband said that the kale cubes have the density of neutronium.

    Comment by crafty_cristy — August 20, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | Reply

  4. You surely had a great corn harvest. Love your kale cubes idea.

    Comment by Norma Chang — August 20, 2012 @ 6:19 pm | Reply

  5. Gorgeous harvest. Your corn looks delicious.

    Comment by Adventures in Agriburbia — August 20, 2012 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  6. That is a beautiful corn harvest! Mine wasn’t the best but tasted great; maybe next year ;=) I think a lot of us are saying that about all sorts of things! Great looking tomato harvest too~

    Comment by maryhysong — August 21, 2012 @ 9:37 am | Reply

    • It is flavor that counts, not the looks, but the corn tastes as good as it looks.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — August 21, 2012 @ 4:46 pm | Reply

  7. 3 of my 4 Kale plants survived and are doing well (1 went to the resident groundhog-who is “no longer with us”- early on). Was wondering what to do with all of the kale. Freezing for winter sounds like a good idea. Do you use it in soups? or what do you do with it come wintertime?

    Comment by Ginny — September 9, 2012 @ 7:40 pm | Reply


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