July 21, 2015

Harvest Monday, 7/13/15 - 7/19/15

I'm joining Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions late because we were out picking corn yesterday at a friend's farm and today I've been spending processing corn.
Monday, July 13th. Not pictured here are maybe 40 pounds of ruined ripe tomatoes that I picked off the vines. Some were the biggest tomatoes I've ever grown (the first ones from the plants are usually the biggest for me). At least it's good to know that Paul Robeson and Costoluto Genovese are somewhat flood resistant, and yellowish one at the top is an almost ripe Big Rainbow which has a very pretty pink starburst on the bottom. And as a side note Costoluto Genovese can produce fruit in very hot drought conditions as well. I don't know where all these summer squash were hiding but the big one is destined for squash bread.

I picked about 6 pounds of tomatoes Saturday, the 18th, right before work so no pictures of them. 
Picked on Sunday, July 19th: Tomatoes, bitter melon, summer squash, and Pinkeye Purple Hull peas. When I was planting the 2 packets of Pinkeye Purple Hull pea packets I noticed that some of the peas looked off, this is from the stand of peas that barley germinated so the bed ended up getting planted with asparagus and artichokes as well.
Here are the shelled peas, some dried peas for next year's planting, and the small clear bowl holds the Not Pinkeye Purple Hull peas which are much smaller maybe they're zipper peas. The cucumbers are a bit overgrown but it's nice to see a white cucumber (I thought they hadn't germinated). The broccoli missed being photographed.

But with the first ripe tomatoes we have begun our annual bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich saga. Paul Robeson is such a meaty delicious tomato, even with all the water the plants took on the tomatoes are still so good. After we finished our first BLT on sourdough bread I immediately wanted another one, and my partner stated he could eat four of them.

The bush beans have been a big surprise. They keep producing a good amount of beans, and the plants are putting on another big flush of flowers. Amazing. They must really love the rain. And some of the yardlong asparagus beans have just begun to produce.

The squash plants look terrible, the stems are looking very unhealthy but they keep producing and that makes me happy. The cucumbers though are on the downward spiral into oblivion, squash bugs have taken residence on their trellis and I've started seeing cucumber beetles so it's just a matter of time.

The Waltham broccoli are still producing a good number of side shoots and a couple of the Di Cicco and one of the Summer Purple Sprouting is just starting to produce a head.

Many of the green tomatoes are starting to turn black on the bottom underneath the skin. Probably blossom end rot (BER) a sign of calcium deficiency, so I've gone ahead and picked off a lot of the bigger unripe green tomatoes showing signs of BER. The tomato and eggplants are showing signs of water stress in the form of nutrient deficiency yellowing of the leaves and spotting signs of wilt.

This week's harvest:

24.66 pounds tomato
6.80 pounds summer squash
7.10 pounds cucumber
3.84 pounds snap beans
1.93 pounds broccoli
0.37 pound bitter melon
0.15 pound peppers

Weekly total: 44.85 pounds

I wanted to mention the giant Gelber Englischer Custard summer squash was actually amazing. It was sweet and delicious and had the tiniest seed cavity with the smallest barley formed seeds, so it was a fairly young squash.


Daphne Gould said...

Wow nice harvests. It is too bad about the excess rain, but you seem to be harvesting a lot anyway.

norma chang said...

That sure is a lot of tomatoes in one week, I am still waiting for my first vine ripened tomato.

Phuong said...

Hi Daphne,
The garden is producing well and it's been a joy eating fresh vegetables daily. But I planted fifty-some tomato plants so expected to be doing lots of tomato sauce making, C'est la vie.

Phuong said...

Hi Norma,
The Big Rainbow and Costoluto Genovese tomatoes have a wonderful tartness which have been wonderful cooked with mushrooms, summer squash, and young broccoli leaves on spaghetti.

Your fruit trees look like they're producing amazingly well this year and it's great reading about your container garden experiments.

Margaret said...

Considering the flood, I'm amazed at everything you were able to harvest! I'm growing Costoluto Genovese as well & had heard that it is a good sauce tomato. Completely forgot about that last year and I just mixed up all my tomatoes when making sauce. Hopefully I'll remember to make a sauce with only that variety this year to see how it is. Paul Robeson is on my list of varieties to try - it's always difficult choosing tomato varieties; there's so many good ones!

Shaheen said...

Oh my how wonderful, your harvest is absolutely amazing. A rainbow on your kitchen table. I love it. I am still waiting for my first red tomato, they are all very green at the moment.

Phuong said...

Hi Margaret,
I sometimes miss the tartness associated with tomatoes. Paul Robeson has a complex flavor and a couple had a nice tart finish at the end. It was surprising to find Big Rainbow had that wonderful sourness, they say most yellow tomatoes are fairly mild. None of the tomatoes have been very acidic this year which is good, none of that mouth sensitivity when a person eats lots of tomatoes.

Phuong said...

Hi Shaheen,
We might not get much spring vegetables around here but summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants usually shine in our very hot humid summers.

David Velten said...

You did a great job recovering from the flood. What a year for you. We have lots of small tomatoes so no BLTs yet, but that's coming up as soon as we get a few slicers.

Phuong said...

Hi David,
It's been a strange year, to say the least. It looks like your tomatoes are starting to come in strong, it's such a nice time of year when there's so much good things to eat.

My tomatoes are pretty much done I think. I picked off the green ones which will get made into a sweet pickle this weekend.