July 3, 2017

Harvest Monday, 7/3/17

On June 26th we harvested tomatoes with Black Brandywine as the biggest one weighing 1.418 pounds. Also pictured is Granny Cantrell's German Red, Paul Robeson, Cosmonaut Volkov, Black Prince, and Taxi.

Black Brandywine continues to produce early heavy tomatoes. Cosmonaut Volkov and Paul Robeson are producing the biggest tomatoes I have ever seen from them, which tells me they don't like our normally hot spring weather. But there are some gigantic Pink Brandywines starting to ripen that should weigh more.
Also harvested June 26th: beans, Butta zucchini, and basil. My husband was elated to see fresh beans coming in from the garden.

I picked the basil thinking it would go well with tomatoes and fresh mozzarella, but with more than 5 pounds of tomatoes harvested a day it looks like salsa canning is scheduled for Friday.

 June 27th: just under a pound of beans and some cherry tomatoes.
June 27th: Butta zucchini and Zephyr squash.
June 27th was a good day for tomatoes with more than eleven pounds shown here.
On the 27th: the never ending parade of squash continues.
 Harvested June 28th: almost seven pounds of tomatoes.
Also harvested June 28th: under three pounds of peppers. The peppers were a disappointment this year. The plants are big and lush and the peppers themselves are huge but the yield is dismal. In 2013 my first harvest of peppers was 12 pounds with almost the same number of plants. We haven't gotten a single pepper from Numex Joe E. Parker yet.

On the June 29th we were running around getting ready to can salsa the next day so I didn't get to photograph 17 pounds of tomatoes, almost 3 pounds of beans, and just under 4 pounds of squash picked that day. I'm trying to process the salsa only when our kiddo is out of the house because the fumes from all the peppers and onions can get pretty bad.

With all the tomatoes coming in we're going to try pressure canning tomato juice and sauces. It'll be great, we can add the tomato juice to our fresh vegetable juice blend. My favorite is carrot, celery, and apple that we run through our juicer. We'll probably can some crushed and whole tomatoes for  soups and chili.

Harvested this week:
41.644 pounds tomatoes
8.918 pounds squash
5.686 pounds beans
2.720 pounds peppers
0.294 pound cherry tomatoes

Total Harvest: 56.542 pounds

Please join us at Harvest Monday hosted by Dave at Our Happy Acres, a happening place full of vegetables and their gardens.


Sue Garrett said...

Our tomatoes and peppers are still at the flower stage. Just as well as we are busy enough picking berries.

David said...

Wow, you are way ahead of Nebraska gardens. We here are just past the flower stage but not yet to the harvest stage. It really sounds like you will be very busy for a while. Good luck with the Salsa.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Those tomatoes are simply amazing! I am growing Cosmonaut Volkov for the first time and I hope mine do as well as yours are doing.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
Your berries do so well consistently, our garden has a much more feast or famine quality about it. I'm starting to get an idea on how I want the fall garden to play out.

Phuong said...

Hi David,
This is actually a very unusual year for us, we normally start picking tomatoes at the end of July. It's so weird because we actually planted three weeks late this year due to rain.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
Cosmonaut Volkov is very consistent for us, it produces tomatoes even in extreme drought and heat. Hopefully it'll do well for you, too. And interestingly enough, there's a baby rabbit in the garden, my husband thinks there's probably a family of them living in there.

gardenvariety-hoosier said...

Wow, just beautiful tomatoes, too bad the peppers aren't as early for the salsa. The peppers that you have look very nice, are they jalapenos? Most of my peppers have lots of foliage right now and I think they will start producing eventually, but not much yet.

Phuong said...

Hi Mike,
The great majority of the peppers are jalapenos and they're gigantic this year even though there's not tons of them. The variety is Early Jalapeno, but it's probably the affects of the cooler than usual spring and regular rain.

Mary Hysong said...

Holy moly that's a lot of tomatoes! And beautiful they are too. This year has been a pathetic year for my tomatoes. Ah well, maybe next year!

Phuong said...

Hi Mary,
You've had an insane amount of critters going after your vegetables. Last summer squirrels took a bite out of most of my tomatoes but luckily hawks moved in and now they seem to be gone. If we still had a squirrel problem my plan was to get a fake owl and fake snake and move them around the garden.

norma chang said...

I too am impressed with your tomatoes harvest, Black Brandywine weighing close to 1 1/2 pounds, bet it was delicious.

Phuong said...

Hi Norma,
The tomatoes are wonderful but not as sweet, since it's been rainy and cooler than normal years. We're planning to do a big canning session this weekend for tomato sauce and juice.

Margaret said...

Wow - your garden is so productive this year - I'm SO jealous especially as this year is turning out to be a bit of a flop on my end. I suppose we have to have a bad year every once in a while, so I'm just going to ride it out and hope that next year is better :)

Bill said...

It all looks beautiful and delicious! The Black Brandywine looks especially amazing. Congrats on the harvests.

Phuong said...

Hi Margaret,
I'm sorry this year is so terrible, hopefully your plants will get big enough to weather the rabbits. We were lucky the rabbits didn't show up till the garden was fairly mature, I found their nest in the bean patch. Bad years can be very depressing, I'll cross my fingers that some hawks and owls show up to help you out.

Phuong said...

Hi Bill,
We're having an amazing year between the tomatoes, squash, and snap beans. Everyone in the region is having an epic season, my friends say people are telling their neighbors to come pick what they want out of their gardens because they're done canning and picking for the year.