Mary's Veggie Garden

August 17, 2015

8/17/2015 Harvest Monday

Filed under: Corn,Edamame,Onions,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:42 pm
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It was a fine day for harvesting. I wanted tomatoes with breakfast so I started early. It was only 68° F – cool enough to not sweat while wearing long sleeves and pants, my protection against ticks.

5 oz. of Jasper cherry tomatoes, about half today's harvest.

5.2 oz. of Jasper cherry tomatoes, about half today’s harvest.

A batch of Jasper cherry tomatoes, about half the harvest. I took the picture after eating them for breakfast and lunch. I’m harvesting about 1/2 pound of Jasper per day. I suspect the chipmunks are also getting some which is why I have 2 plants. For supper I cut a hand-full of Jaspers through the equator and used them to provide the liquid in a sauté of onion, beans and zucchini. The tomatoes retained their shape and the skins were tender.

Cucumber Sweet Success

Cucumber Sweet Success

I’m getting one, occasionally two, Sweet Success Cucumbers a day. They are so long that one per day is more than the two of us eat.

Rattlesnake pole beans.

Rattlesnake pole beans – 11 oz.

Rattlesnake green beans. I’ll freeze these because the previous harvest is still in the fridge.

After breakfast I biked the 2.5 miles to my community garden plot. I expected to harvest cherry tomatoes and maybe some onions but I returned with full panniers.

Sungold cherry tomatoes.

Sungold cherry tomatoes.

The Sungold tomatoes are starting to slow, the colander is not as full as last week. This is 1.75 pounds – the production of 4 plants for 2 days.

Copra onions,

Copra onions, curing on wire shelves in a protected area of the patio.

The tops of the Copra onions started folding over late last week. They seem much later than usual. I just checked –  Copra harvest started a week earlier in 2013. Then again, snow melt delayed the plowing this year,  so I planted the onions 2-3 weeks later than in 2013. Later planting didn’t delay the Cabernet onions – most of them are cured and in storage now.

Toyha edamame soy beans.

Toyha edamame soy beans.

It was getting hot, rising up through the eighties, but I forced myself to check the soy beans then decided it was necessary to start harvest. This is about a quarter of the planting:  2.75 pounds of edamame in the pod. A few pods contain no beans but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Ten days ago I discovered the hose in the soy bed was not connected to the main feed line. The hose was hidden by the mulch and row cover. We’ve had only 3″ of rain in the last 6 weeks and the edamame did remarkably well without supplemental water.

Sweet corn Honey Select

Sweet Corn Honey Select

Just before leaving, I checked the corn. These are my first ears, from a 6/4 planting of Honey Select. At supper, my husband pronounced the corn just about perfect. I think the flavor is a bit ‘cornier’ than the “Incredible” that I’ve grown for the last several years but the two varieties are equally sweet.

By now it was noon, the temperature was above 90°F, and I was the only person remaining at the community gardens. The bike ride home was a slog  – I pedaled as little I could and still get over the hills, setting no speed records. A heatwave like this is unusual for August.  It seems to be cooling faster in the evening than during a June or July heat wave so my (non-airconditioned) house is not unbarable.

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