August 18, 2014
We continued to harvest zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, tomatoes, and beans this week. Because of the size of our heavily-producing zucchini plants, I missed a VERY large zucchini. The zucchini plants have since been pulled. They succumbed to squash bugs. They had a good run though (planted May 17; pulled August 17) and some other zucchini plants are already starting to produce 🙂 I used the outside of this zucchini for many dishes and I saved the seeds from the inside to plant for next year so it turns out, it’s a good thing to let one zucchini go.
I also let one cucumber get quite large on accident (hidden by sunflower plants) but it was still used in juicing – I try to let NOTHING go to waste.I am definitely thankful for each and every harvest but, unfortunately, I think we are on the downswing of many crops – tomatoes especially. Disease has just taken out too many of them. I am definitely going to have to find a new spot for them next year.(You can see there are very few tomatoes OR leaves left on any of the tomato plants.) (I have had to rip up about five plants already.)
We harvested our last egg (for awhile) this week. The chickens are moulting. At first, I thought it was because we stopped feeding them chicken feed (like, we accidentally ‘force moulted’ them) but the more I researched, the more I saw that 11 months is a typical cycle for layers. We got our first eggs last September so it would make sense for them to moult in August. I don’t think we ruined them afterall 😉
Here is a picture of our last egg and a store-bought egg. Can you tell which is which?The good news with the chickens moulting is that at least we will be able to tell for sure when my daughter’s chick starts laying. It was born at the end of March so it should be laying any day now. My daughter can’t wait until she can start getting paid for eggs!
What are you harvesting this week? Head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions to see what other gardeners are up to.