June 19, 2017

Harvest Monday, 6/19/17

Green Winner kohlrabi, purple Kolibri kohlrabi, and 4 little Sungold cherry tomatoes.
A couple more bolted tatsoi heads, and 3 little Butta zucchinis.
A mixture of Black Cherry, Fat Cherry, and Sungold tomatoes. More Butta zucchini and the first Lunga Fiorentino zucchini. Male squash flowers are starting to open up so we'll get some pollinated squashes soon.

We had a huge rainstorm Sunday, it rained so much all day. Yay to not having to water the garden. Usually green tomatoes can heal when they split open after a big rain, it's when they're ripening that it's a worry. But I probably need to go ahead and top the Black Cherry plant, it's too top-heavy even with added supports. And I'll probably end up tying its cage up to a wooden fence post. My partner thinks we should tie all the tomato cages together in each bed to create more stability. It's an interesting thought. Has anyone else tried something like that?

And I can't believe it's almost July already. This summer is progressing way too rapidly. We planted almost 3 weeks later than normal, so everything feels like it's happening at a rapid pace.

0.904 lbs. zucchini
0.298 lbs. tomato
1.054 lbs. kohlrabi
1.364 lbs. tatsoi

Total harvest: 3.62 lbs. (1.642 kg)

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Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Lovely veggies coming in for you! I'm still waiting on our first tomatoes. I think our weather has been more like July than June. Today we are getting a break, but the heat and humidity is coming back in a couple of days.

Sue Garrett said...

It's been very hot here, hot for us anyway, for a few days which I hope will suit the plants if we can water them enough. Don't write off June just yet though.

Eight Gate Farm NH said...

I'm envious of your "summer" vegetables; ours seem impossibly far away right now. The Butta zucchini is so cute! I've never worried about tomato cages in the wind, but I sure do worry about the corn when it's tall and severe weather is threatened. Pounding big stakes at the end of each row and running line around the whole row seems to help (some).

gardenvariety-hoosier said...

We got the same rains in Indiana and it sure is a relief to get a vacation from watering. Are the squash in the picture not pollinated? I never get any zucchini until the plant sets out some male flowers, they just rot on the vine. You are way ahead of me with tomatoes, it will be two more weeks before the first small tomatoes ripen here.

Unknown said...

In my community garden plot, where the ground is almost level, I tie the tomato cages together. At home the garden is on a slope so I always tie the cages together and to the nearest fence post or bird house post. The cages must be tied in 3 directions or they fall under the weight of the cherry tomato plants and a strong wind. I must be very careful harvesting, because the twine is about 5' above ground. Most of the cages are 5' high concrete reinforcing wire in 2' diameter circles.

Shaheen said...

Oh how exciting Phuong, what an exiting and colourful harvest. I am envying both the kohlrabi. I have put mine in the ground a little late and fear they may not swell but fingers crossed. Your courgettes are so cute too and the tomatoes have me envious, I am concerned that we may not be rewarded well this year as our plants are a bit leggy, but i will wait and see.

Kathy said...

Tomatoes already....mmmmmmm! We grow black cherry too and find the plants get massive, and crop until the frosts (or blight) gets them.
Beautiful colourful harvests: you must be really pleased

Michelle said...

When I used tomato cages I would drive a big stake in next to each cage and tie the cages to the stakes. That worked really well. I'm still weeks away from the first cherry tomatoes and the larger tomatoes aren't due for a couple of months yet.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
It's been pretty hot here as well, although the rain brought some cooler weather. Black Prince is actually starting to show a bit of color, I don't remember ever getting a normal tomato this early before.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
You are having a definite heat wave. Seems like the weather has really been strange for you this year. Hopefully the tomatoes and courgettes will enjoy it.

Phuong said...

Hi Will,
The Butta zucchini is really nice and early and it does seem to be productive. I might end up staking the chilli pepper plants, the hot bananas keep falling over.

Phuong said...

Hi Mike,
Just the tiny squash aren't pollinated, I think the larger squash in the second picture are pollinated. Usually I let the squash grow for a day before picking them since I like them just a tad bigger.

Phuong said...

Hi Mary,
I went ahead and tied the tomato cages together, that really did seem to stabilize them. And I'll be attaching the end of the rows to the fences.

Phuong said...

Hi Shaheen,
Kohlrabi seems very forgiving of hot weather, so hopefully yours does well for you. My tomato plants were terribly leggy as well but they seemed to recover with warmer weather.

Phuong said...

Hi Kathy,
Black Cherry is definitely the biggest tomato plant in the garden, I'm going to have my husband tie it up to the wooden fence. Do you end up topping yours just to keep it from falling over?

Phuong said...

Hi Michelle,
Your early summers are amazingly mild. We've been hot lately and I really think that speeds ripening along for tomatoes.