Sunday, August 21, 2011

Harvest between the storms

We've got a series of showers and thunderstorms rolling through but I managed to get out and get 13lbs or so more of produce yesterday morning.

The plum tomatoes to the left are from the Growboxes. They are still neck and neck with the Squarefoot gardening technique (17 and 18 lbs respectively) except...

...there are only two plants in the grow box, versus 3 in the Squarefoot garden! So the Growbox appears to be 1/3 more productive. It's looking like next year more of the Growboxes will be devoted to tomatoes in order to maximize yield.

In other news, there at least a couple butternut squashes that are growing. I hope there is enough time for them.

I also spotted a tiny acorn squash and an even smaller watermelon. I don't think the melon will make it before frost but we'll see.

A globe eggplant is growing nicely. In my limited experience, eggplant do very well at the end of the season.

I am already planning to expand for next year, but that will require the relocation of some of the perennials to the front or donating them to friends.

Now I'm off to do some tidying up. There are parts that are completely out of control heat and rain aren't just good for the vegetables. But that is a different post.

I leave you with an "art shot."
Future pickle

Until next time, Keep Digging & Eat Well!

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  1. Nice Harvest. Everything Looks great!

  2. We haven't had any heat to contend with - about 20 degrees seems to be the normal daily maxiumum for us just now - but we have had one or two really torrential rainstorms.
    It's funny how most people all around the world have had big problems with cucurbits this year.
    Your Butternut squashes look as if they might just make maturity before the weather turns cold again though.

  3. You have real cucumbers! I finally picked a few misshapen ones yesterday, and promptly sliced them to hide their ugliness. I made a whole pint of refrigerator pickles with them....yep, a whole pint!

    I pigged out on the darling little pattypans again last night. I had noticed a slight sweetness that wasn't apparent in other summer squash, so I sliced the small ones and sauteed them in butter, with a light sprinkling of sugar to aid caramelization, and a dash of s&p. I don't think I'd want any other seasonings to mask the delicate flavor. I ate the whole pan of it for my dinner! I didn't even share :-) The next batch will be cut in half, coated with oil, s&p, and placed cut side down on a hot baking sheet to roast in the oven.

  4. Future pickle -- tee hee. I have some of those in my garden, too. Congrats on the harvest!

  5. Thanks Mrs. Pickles - I'm pretty happy with year two!

    Mark, July was hot. hit 100 a few times, and with the exception of early July, we've had plenty of moisture.

    Granny, over 50 lbs of cukes and still counting! I'd trade for some of your lettuce!

    Thanks PlantPostings! The cukes just keep on keeping on!


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