August 26, 2013
I was able to harvest my first cantaloupe this week (and 2nd, 3rd, & 4th)! They are pretty small but sweet so we are happy with them. I am going to order new seeds next year.
Because of the craziness this spring of transplanting everything, I just assumed I was harvesting Roma tomatoes this whole season. After I harvested that one Cherokee purple tomato though, I started really noticing how pointy some of my ‘Romas’ were… Lo and behold, they are Amish Paste! – the other tomato seeds Daphne sent me a number of years ago – and they are doing great! 🙂
I freeze the tomatoes and in the winter I will use them in soups and make them into sauce. I don’t want to heat up my kitchen in the summer if I can help it. The cucumber, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, and cantaloupe were eaten that night with our supper.
Our cucumber plant is being shaded by our pole beans so it is not giving us many cucumbers. I have another cucumber plant growing but we’ll see – nothing yet from that plant.
Our squash plant had a short season as well. I have had 4 die, never producing fruit. I stayed really diligent with those – keeping all of the bugs and eggs off. I left this one alone though, thinking maybe I poked and prodded the others too much? Anyway, the bugs have completely taken over the producing squash plant so I had to just throw it to the chickens. They’ll enjoy the bugs and maybe that added protein will help them finally give me some eggs! 😛 Twenty-five weeks and counting! I wish someone could come over and tell me what I’m doing wrong, if anything…
My pea plants are looking good but the peas they are producing are really small! Well, the pods, anyway. The peas are nice and fat but most of the pods only have 1,2 or 3 peas in them. Is this because of the heat? I’ve never had a lot of success with fall-planted garden peas so I am not sure if this is normal or not…
We are continuing to pick beans (pole and bush) a couple of times a week. I can’t believe we are not tired of them yet! The plan was to freeze them once we got sick of eating them fresh so we would have plenty for the winter. I do not even have a gallon freezer bag full yet! I’ll have to make a note to plant MANY more next year!
Two other things that were ‘harvested’ this week: Tomato Horn Worms and POISON IVY.
We have poison ivy growing around one of our blueberry bushes. Every year my husband pulls it but it is wrapped around the base & roots so it grows back again. This year, I was pulling weeds so I went ahead and pulled it, put it in the woods, and went inside to wash my hands with dish soap. I have never reacted to poison ivy so I was surprised the next day when I saw some on my forearm. It has been almost a week and a half now and I am COVERED. Arms, hands, torso, legs…no pics (you’re welcome). I have not slept in the past 4 nights so I am constantly exhausted and oh so much fun to be around. Please tell me it goes away eventually!!!
We were doing our nightly walk around the garden last night and I saw a horn worm.
We walked around, taking pictures of horn worms, paralyzed by hornets & covered in eggs and picking off horn worms not yet paralyzed. There were 15 in all! (only three were not covered in eggs)
Speaking of the chickens, the rooster is mounting a couple hens whose combs are growing larger and redder every day! The anticipation is at a feverish pitch!
Check out what everyone else is harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions this week 🙂