This was a good week in the garden, with both harvesting and summer planting. I’m way behind in my summer planting I’m afraid. I have some Amish pie pumpkins that I just now started in Smart Pots. They take 90 days to harvest and can weigh up to 90 lbs. Given my late start (they should have been planted in June), I kind of doubt that I’ll get a pumpkin. But if I don’t plant the seeds, for sure I won’t get a pumpkin. Hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
My late-planted miniature Red Kuri, Green Kuri, and Mini Blue Hubbard squash are showing their first female flowers, so I have some hope of getting a winter squash or two.
My second planting of Blue Lake pole beans is up. I planted Cherokee Trail of Tears black pole beans, a new variety for me. In front of the beans, I planted some late carrots and beets.
Is anyone else out there growing sweet potatoes? This is my first year growing them and I don’t know when to harvest them. Do I wait until the vines die back like with white potatoes?
A small handful of blackberries and a small handful of blueberries every few days may not seem like much, but when I put homegrown berries on my cereal, that’s a day when I don’t use a banana shipped up from Central America. Every little bit helps combat global warming.
We had friends over for a vegetarian Mediterranean feast that used a lot of my garden produce: eggs, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, green onion, chard, garlic, lemon, mint, and parsley. I’m out of lettuce and my green beans weren’t quite ready yet, so I used store-bought for the salad Nicoise.
Here’s the week’s harvest for the week ending August 1, 2010.
2 oz. Blackberries
0.5 oz. Blueberries
10.5 oz. Lemon, Eureka (1)
4 oz. Orange, Valencia (1)
12 oz. Peaches (3)
Subtotal fruit 1 lb, 13 oz.
4 oz. Broccoli, Purple (1 head)
9 oz. Chard
5.5 oz. Cucumber, Boston Pickling (2)
10 oz. Eggplant (Millionaire and Pingtung Long) (3)
1.5 oz. herbs (mint and parsley)
4 oz. Komatsuna
12 oz. Onions, Red
2.5 oz. Peppers, Bell (2)
1 lb 4.5 oz. Tomatoes (13)
Subtotal vegetables 4 lbs 6.5 oz. (69 oz.)
TOTAL PRODUCE 6 lbs 3.5 oz. plus 9 eggs