Harvest Monday June 7 2010 on MONDAY!

Ah, rats. I thought it was still Monday. Somehow it’s gotten to be after midnight, so it’s actually Tuesday. Still, that’s better than posting on Friday. I worked from sunup to sundown in the garden today, and I’m beat.

It’s been a busy week in the garden. I planted Brandywine, Black Krim, and Mortgage Lifter tomatoes this week, all of them plants that I grew from seed. Some of them were tiny seedlings that  just sprouted despite having been planted in pots long ago. I guess they’re ready when they’re ready. I couldn’t bear to throw the tiny things out, so they all got planted. Call me crazy, but I now have 25 tomato plants in the ground. Maybe they won’t all make it. But if they do survive, I’m going to be one busy girl come August and September.

As a further mark of my insanity, I also have 10 summer squash plants in various stages of growth. I harvested the first two patty pan squash today, but none of the other plants are close to producing. Again, I just have to hope that they don’t all make it.

A little over half of my Blue Lake pole beans are up, and the first winter squash seedling that I planted in a Smart Pot last Wednesday just poked its head above ground. I can hardly wait for the first green beans, especially since my sugar snap and snow peas are now gone.

I guess the biggest harvest news is that I picked my first two ripe tomatoes yesterday. Naturally, they’re the Early Girls, which went into the ground about a month after my Better Boy and Celebrity tomatoes. Neither of those two plants have red tomatoes yet, but they do have some nice green ones coming along. Those are the plants that were uprooted by the marauding opossum last February. Somehow, they survived.

Here’s the harvest for the past week. Sorry I was too busy and tired to do photos.

Fruit

3 oz. blueberries

3 oz. strawberries

Subtotal 6 oz.  fruit

Vegetables

1 lb 12 oz. artichokes

6 oz. cauliflower, cheddar

9 oz. chard

2 0z. garlic

4 oz. kale

5 oz. leeks

2 lbs potatoes, blue

4 oz. radishes

2.5 oz. tomatoes, Early Girl

Subtotal 5 lbs 12.5 oz. (92.5 oz) vegetables

TOTAL 6 lbs 2.5 oz produce plus 7 eggs

If you had a harvest this week, visit Daphne’s Dandelions and post a link to your blog.

About Lou Murray, Ph.D.

I'm a professional writer/photographer, avid gardener, and active environmentalist living in southern California. I am retired from writing a weekly newspaper column on environmental topics in the Huntington Beach Independent, but I am still teaching at the Orange County Conservation Corps. This blog chronicles my efforts to live a green life growing as much food as possible for my husband and myself on a 4,500 sq ft yard that is covered mainly by house, garage, driveway, and sidewalks.
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8 Responses to Harvest Monday June 7 2010 on MONDAY!

  1. Daphne says:

    Oh the first tomatoes are always a joy. I never find they taste as good as the later tomatoes, but still they are home grown and good. I can’t wait for mine, but right now they are all just blooming, so I have a lot of time to wait for them yet.

    • Hi Daphne. I should have rejoiced and savored the first two tomatoes of the season, I put them into a chard dish along with the first two patty pan squash, ripe olives, shallots, garlic, lemon juice and a dry cup of (cooked) organic pasta, topped with shaved Parmesan cheese. It was yummy!

  2. michelle says:

    It was still Monday somewhere in the world! You harvested such a nice variety of vegetables this week, including tomatoes (I’m envious). Ten summer squash plants, gasp!

  3. I hope your Mortgage Lifter tomatoes perform better than ours did last year. Ours would barely have made a payment, never mind lifting the entire mortgage! That said though, our tomatoes are in a much better part of the garden this year. Hope you planted basil too!

    • Hi Clare, no, I haven’t planted basil yet. Vic doesn’t like it so most years I don’t bother. I’m hedging my bets with tomatoes this year and planting several varieties: Roma, Yellow Pear, Black Krim, Brandywine, Celebrity, Better Boy, and Mortgage Lifter. I have 18 tomatoes left in the ground after the raccoons got done, so I hope to have at least a few tomatoes this year. Last year, none of my tomatoes were worth a darn. I may try some in pots as well.

  4. vrtlaricaana says:

    First tomato is like a first strawberry. It doesn’t taste as good as all others after, but I enjoy it the most!

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