Monday, July 5, 2010

Harvest Monday July 5th

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July! Our family laid low and relaxed for a change. I started out the 4th with a rare treat, sleeping in! And today I had another awesome treat, a stroller-less morning run.... ah, the simple things in life are the best and often most missed with two small kids.

I'm not really sure why, but last week we harvested very little from the garden. Most likely due to the transitional phase we are going through. We did manage to enjoy a zucchini, a scalloped squash, 1 eggplant, some Green Zebra tomatoes, and some Sweet 100's tomatoes.

Zucchini: 12 7/8 oz
Scalloped Squash: 8 1/2 oz
Eggplant: 10 7/8 oz
Green Zebras: 1 pound 2 3/4 oz
Sweet 100's: 4 7/8 oz

We enjoyed the zucchini and eggplant on the grill again and I am pondering ways to explore new uses for squash. I promise I did not consume that whole steak. There were definitely left overs for lunches this week.

We also had a handful of strawberries, green beans and lots of baby radishes, but they never made it past the garden hose and to the scale. They are now in the belly of a cute almost 3 year old. I am amazed how happy he is to be presented with a bunch of radishes.

I am slowly taking over the ornamental border in our backyard with my vegetable garden, and I am also lusting after the strip of yard sitting unused beside the house. I think that it does get adequate sunlight, now I just have to prepare myself for the labor involved with cleaning it up (it was a former dog run area for the previous owners) and talking the hubby into getting me some raised beds. Perhaps a Christmas present and next spring we will have additional planting space! So for the time being, I am making myself content with lots of containers and some border space. Since there is a lack of horizontal space, we are going vertical. I spent some time this weekend helping the cucumbers and pole beans find their way upward.

To see what other gardeners are harvesting today, visit Daphne's Dandelions (the host blog of the Harvest Monday).

Happy Gardening!


  1. Boy, that's one big steak!! It does seem to be a transitional stage in the garden right now.

    Did you ever find out what was eating your tomatoes? I seem to have a critter visiting as well. I certainly hope that it's not the groundhog from last year!!!

  2. How great that you son likes all those veggies! Even radishes :)

  3. I'm always looking for more space to grow veggies too! It's also less lawn for me to mow. Going horizontal is a great strategy. Cucumbers and pole beans give so much with fairly little ground space.

  4. My daughter loved to eat from the garden too, but my son never really got into it.