Sunday, August 15, 2010

Harvest Monday - August 16, 2010

It has been soooooo hectic here lately. And to tell you the truth, I'm really not sure why. We had an estimate done on remodeling our kitchen, recovered from the sticker shock and now I have to get more estimates...

We just returned from vacation, and apparently all kids (or at least mine) do not like to travel in backwards facing car seats. I have a house to clean, laundry to do and heavens only knows what else lurking and waiting. AND I have made no progress on the fall garden. But enough griping, it's Harvest Monday!!!! Let's see what happened the last 2 weeks. I have no idea if these numbers are for the last week or the last 2 weeks. I just know that this is my most recent tally.

Harvest totals:
Scalloped Squash: 2 pounds 1 1/2 oz
Tomatoberry Tomatoes: 2 1/2 oz
Super Sweet 100 Tomatoes: 4 1/8 oz
Cucumbers: 14 1/8 oz
Hansel (or is it Gretel?) Eggplants: 7 3/8 oz
Thai Chilis: 1 5/8 oz
Fairy Tale Eggplants: 2 5/8 oz
Japanese Eggplants: 7 1/4 oz
Beans: 2 7/8 oz

Scarlett Runner Beans and Burgundy Bush Beans

Cukes, Thai Chilis, Eggplant, SS 100 tomatoes

Scalloped Squash, Scarlett Runner Beans, Burgundy
Bush Beans, Cukes, Japanese eggplant, Fairy Tale Eggplant

My newest order of seeds arrived right before we piled in the car to head to the lake and I had to take them with me so I could drool all over what I want to plant. I have seeds, seeds, seeds galore, now I have to make time to plant everything. Did mention I am in the midst of training for the Marine Corp Marathon and I should be squeezing in a 14 mile run either today or tomorrow. Oh joy...

For the fall garden, I am thinking about planting Asian greens, collards, kale, carrots, peas, radishes, mustard greens, beets, spinach, lettuce, and maybe I will attempt a second crop of tomatoes. The darn ground hog/gopher has successfully eatten all of my heirlooms. I am not happy. Has anyone grown tomatoes as a second summer/fall crop? The seed description says that some CA areas can do this...

The container grown edamame are going great! I think we might have a great harvest in about 2-3 weeks. Very exciting. We munched on the ones originally grown a few weeks ago, and we all had 1 pod, except for the little one, he got 4! It was delish and we can hardly wait for the others to get ready for picking.

We have corn! The hubby said that he thought it would be cool to look out the kitchen window and see corn, so now we can. I have no illusions that these will break any size or beauty records, but it's fun, and that's all that matters. We have cute little ears and the stalks are tall!

And, to add insult to injury, the darn rodent/varmit has a new dirt mound within 2 feet of the rodent deterrent, time to seek other options. My Early girl tomatoes (in addition to the heirlooms) have fallen prey to this creature and we are no longer able to enjoy the fruits of my labor. Darned Varmit.


  1. Your fairy tale eggplants never fail to charm me. They are just so pretty looking, all white and dainty. How do you cook them?

    That is really cool that you can look out the window and see those tall corn stalks. I think your hubby had the right idea!

  2. I love all the different eggplants you have. I'm not a fan of eating them, but I think they are the most beautiful garden vegetable.

  3. I am always on the look out for good eggplant varieties. Your dark purple asian one looks similar to one of the ones I normally grow but I have never tried other two. How did they taste.

    As for rodents... yes, I suppose they have to eat too curse it.

  4. Ottawa Gardener - The Fairy Tale eggplants were magnificent! Smooth, creamy, sweet and delicious! The white eggplants (either Hansel or Gretel, I can't recall) were slightly bitter and had a potato-like texture, for lack of a better description. I am keeping the FT in the rotation for next year, not so much the other. What varieties have you found favor with?

  5. Sorry to hear about the rodent! How terrible! We don't have any mouse eating our veggies, only bugs. Your harvest looks amazing! I love Japanese eggplants. I should grow those next year. I love getting seeds in the mail too. So fun.