July 28, 2014
- Fruit production has really slowed down these days. I think this may be the last week of blueberries. We may have gotten 2 quarts this week, total. We harvested some strawberries but again, production is slowing.
- Our raspberry plants are not producing any fruits.
- I planted cantaloupe seeds right at the base of the sunflower circles so they are not growing very quickly at all. The sunflowers are 10 feet tall or taller now and are great shade producers!
- The watermelon seems to be doing well. We rushed into harvesting one this week and were sourly disappointed I learned my lesson!
On the other hand, non-fruit harvests are picking up!We harvested our first corn this week! They are quite large. I planted heirloom and some hybrid. Can you guess which is which? 😉 We were able to harvest more in the middle of the week.(Along with some cucumbers)
We harvested the last of our spring carrots this week 😦 Need.to.plant.MORE.Other harvests from the beginning of the week…Beans Kale LOTS of zucchini Tomatoes and Peppers…(Bounty from the earlier part of the week)
At the end of the week, we were able to harvest more zucchini, cucumbers, beans, corn, tomatoes, and spaghetti squash. We also harvested some marigolds for the chickens. (It may look just about the same but other than a few zucchini and a few cucumbers, this is ALL new produce! I am having to ‘counter-ripen’ most of my tomatoes because of all the rain we’re getting. They’re all splitting and if I leave them on the vine to ripen, they completely burst open!)
The squash bugs had overtaken the spaghetti squash patch so I decided to just rip it up. We had 10 squashes that were ripe enough to harvest. They will cure on the counter for about a week before I put them in the basement to store.
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Lovely harvests. I’m a long way from winter squash here. I haven’t even seen any female blossoms on them yet. And those purple cherry tomatoes look poisonous. I don’t know why, but most of the really dark purple/blue fruits (except berries) always look that way to me.
They’re called ‘indigo rose’ tomatoes
I love the corn – it must be so incredibly sweet! I’m partial to the large, non-linear kernels myself – the heirloom, right? It’s too bad about the squash bugs, but it looks like you got a bountiful spaghetti squash harvest anyhow. Love spaghetti squash & am hoping to grow it at some point too.
It looks like you are getting a bounty this year. I am so happy for you.
You have such a nice variety of goodies coming in! I know what you mean about the watermelon. I have been fooled on them more than once.
I love the variety you are harvesting! Watermelons can be so tricky to tell when they are ripe: 1) The underside where it rests on the ground should be tan or yellow. A white or green underside means it needs more time. 2) When you knock on the watermelon, it should sound hollow rather than dense. 3) The curly tendril closest to the watermelon’s stem begins to shrivel and dry up when the fruit is ripe. ~ Rachel @ Grow a Good Life
thx. that helps a lot!
I’m currently stalking my watermelons too. It’s such a disappointment to cut one open and discover that it isn’t ripe. Your corn looks amazing. I’ve been having the same problem with tomatoes cracking, we’ve had too much rain around here.