Heading for a record harvest week!

It’s Friday and I’ve already harvested over nine pounds of produce from my three little raised beds and the Smart Pots in the driveway. This is shaping up to be a record harvest week. Of course it’s mostly tomatoes and green beans, but there’s nothing to complain about there.

Another day, another bunch of tomatoes.

As I was making a big pot of spaghetti sauce last night, I couldn’t help but think of Thomas at A Growing Tradition, Daphne’s Dandelions, and Annie’s Granny and their incredibly large tomato harvests. Annie’s Granny harvested a whopping 80 lbs of tomatoes last week. I, on the other hand, had just enough leftover sauce to freeze two cups for winter use. I’m planning on freezing some green beans today, since I picked 1 lb 6 oz this morning and still had beans in the crisper.

Huevos Rancheros with eggs from our hens and homemade salsa

My wise-guy husband has caught on to the fact that we’re getting record numbers (for us) of tomatoes. After Huevos Rancheros for breakfast and salad Nicoise for lunch, he asked how we’re having our tomatoes for dinner. Last night it was spaghetti with Italian sausage and marinara sauce. Tonight it will be penne pasta with eggplant and Italian sausage with marinara sauce. And by then another batch of tomatoes will have ripened and I’ll make some gazpacho. All I need is 2/3 lb more produce this week and I’ll have topped 10 lbs for the first time. And that’s without any squash!

My raised beds in mid-August

I think I’ll be able to find 2/3 lb of produce somewhere in there.

Komatsuna, Green Boy hybrid from Kitazawa Seed Company

I could pick some komatsuna for a stir-fry. Or I could harvest the two ripe Tendergreen cucumbers and a couple of bell peppers for gazpacho. And I’m sure that by Sunday I’ll have more green beans and tomatoes. Woohoo, record harvest, here I come.

My Blue Lake pole green beans are producing a LOT of beans this summer.

Yesterday's tomato harvest included my second Black Krim of the season.

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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11 Responses to Heading for a record harvest week!

  1. Kathy Stevens says:

    Mostly green beans and tomatoes in this SE section of Huntington Beach, too. I think I over-planted the beans, because last year we had harvested almost none! Three tomato plants are producing: a determinate Better Bush, which has come into its own this last week, a volunteer “cherry” tomato which has, in its indeterminate way, taken over the garden, and a Health Kick, which has two green tomatoes, though it ought to be resting right now! Like you, I’m going to be freezing some beans – maybe tomato sauce, too! And next year, I’m planting just determinate varieties of tomato!!!

  2. bangchik says:

    Mine all leafy veggies, little bit of winged beans… and tomato just flowering. Great harvest you got there. ~bangchik

  3. Look at all your fabulous tomatoes! (I’m going to pretend I didn’t read that anyone had 80lbs of them :P). I’m looking forward to tomatoes for three meals a day, especially after this season’s sluggish start in Northern California. The sun is shining now though, and a few Cherokee Purples have made it to our plate this week. There’s hope for us yet! Your Huevos Rancheros look divinely yummy, what a great way to start the day. I love this time of year 🙂

    • Yeah, Clare, 80 lbs of tomatoes in one week just doesn’t seem fair, does it? Good luck getting warm enough weather to ripen your tomatoes. It finally turned hot here this week. Go tomatoes!

  4. Daphne says:

    I usually get a nice counter of tomatoes, but I can’t touch Thomas’s or Granny’s harvests. I only have 12 plants. I think Granny planted 50 and Thomas about 40 or so. They are crazy people. I couldn’t keep up with that many tomatoes. Though I’m thinking about 16 next year. Then again, maybe I’m crazy too.

    Your breakfast looks fabulous. I love Huevos Rancheros.

    • Aha, thanks for letting us in on Granny’s and Thomas’ secret. No wonder they get such a huge harvest. I don’t want that many tomatoes. I have 19 tomato plants, but only four of them are producing much. Some of them, the Brandywines and Mortgage Lifters, haven’t produced a single ripe tomato yet. But they have nice big green ones, so it’s only a matter of time. I hope to have a long harvest season.

  5. mac says:

    Congrats on your big harvest, the huevos rancheros look delish.
    I only have 6 tomatoes plants–1 paste, 3 slicers, and 2 cherries, that’s enough for the 2 of us. I’m not into canning, I just discovered how easy it is to make roasted tomato sauce in the oven, and I made 3 trays of that last night, roasting the tomatoes seems to bring out the best of tomato taste, and it is easier for me to do it in small batches and freeze the sauce.

  6. Don’t let Daphne tell you stories about me…she has Thomas and I reversed, and I have nowhere near forty plants now. I have given several away, and killed a few 😉

    Your lovely harvest makes up in quality what it may lack in quantity. I wish I had half of what I have coming in right now, and I’m going to really concentrate on planting less next year. I think I said that last year, but I really mean it now. Really, I do.

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