Monday, September 13, 2010

Harvest Monday: September 13, 2010

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

It’s hard to believe that only two weeks ago the temperatures were in the 90s here in southern Maine. Beginning this weekend, they are more seasonably in the 60s. The summer garden is responding by slowing down production.

I spent most of the weekend making and canning 18 pints of sauce and 14 half-pints of salsa. I also blanched and froze another batch of string beans. I have enough of each preserved now for at least a year. I am feeling very satisfied.

The tomatoes continue to ripen and I anticipate making another batch of tomato sauce next weekend. However the yield harvested each day has dropped tremendously.

The Purple Trionfo and a few Kentucky Wonder pole beans are still producing. From this point on, I will be picking only what is needed for fresh eating. The remainder will be allowed to mature for seed saving. I am hoping to save enough Purple Trionfo seeds for next year. It will be my first seed saving attempt and the Purple Trionfo were grown right next to Kentucky Wonder, so it should be interesting to see what happens.

Here are some of the harvests from the garden spot this week:

I’ll post more about the grapes later this week.

Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.


  1. Oh, please do post about the grapes. They're beautiful!

  2. Your garden produce is always so pretty to look at - lots of color, lots of variety, and photographed really well.

    The tomatoes are certainly giving you a great harvest this year. I will be looking forward to hearing more about the grapes.

  3. My space is definitely not as organized and productive as yours. A year's worth is amazing ! Another beautiful harvest. Can't wait to hear about those lovely grapes !

  4. Wowsers! Would you post pics of your garden space? Such a bountiful harvest!

  5. You were certainly busy canning this weekend, doesn't it feel good to have so much stored for those cold winter days.

    Beautiful photos!

  6. Very nice! Your gardening is coming along so nicely!

  7. Beautiful harvest!

    Congratulations on harvesting and preserving enough beans to last till next season! That's AWESOME!!!! I want to do that!!!

    I'm about ready to put on another sauce. I've made 3 batches so far but none preserved... we used it for pizza and meatball subs.... : )

    It's cooled off here too with temps in the 60s and 70s. We had a light frost last week... way early!!! But only my squash plants were affected.

  8. I am so impressed with your harvest. And that you have stored a years worth of beans! Wow. I love the grapes. Are they concord? Do you have any photos of your grapevines?

  9. Yummy! What beautiful pictures and harvests. I'm so envious of those tomatoes right now.

  10. I like the shades of the tomatoes! Like a painting, especially in the second picture!

  11. Beautiful harvests> Those eggplants look great.

  12. What a great feeling it must be to have so many good summer veggies stashed away for the rest of the year! I've only put up a few things since I've found that I rely more on what my garden can produce in the winter (lucky me) rather than preserved veggies.

  13. As much as I love fresh veggies, I'm envious that you are able to preserve so much of your garden produce. I thought the weather was cooling down in our Indiana garden as well, with the nighttime temperatures dipping down to low 50s, but today the high was right back up there to almost 90. Very fickle, this weather!

  14. I love your pictures! And the variety of your harvest is amazing - I'm jealous!

    What kind of tomatoes are those in the 2nd and 3rd pictures?

  15. EG: I will post more about the grapes.

    Laura: Tomatoes have exceeded my expectations. Anything harvested now is just a bonus.

    Miss M: I used to grow to have fresh vegetables available in the summer months. The past two years I have changed my focus to producing enough food to also preserve to enjoy throughout the year. It’s still a work in progress…For example, I was hoping to grow enough onions to get me though the winter, but it turns out I only grew enough to make the tomato sauce and salsa I canned.

    Carol@KeepingUpWith: The garden spot consists of two in-ground garden plots that are 8.75 x 18.5 feet, six 4x4-foot Square Foot Gardens, and six Self Watering Containers. My plot planning posts for this year are located back in January 2010 and can be accessed in the side bar. This should give you a good idea of my plot.

    Sense of Home: Yes, it feels great to have so much stored. This is my first year with so much bounty to preserve. I just visited your blog and now have a craving for Eggplant Parmesan. I hope I can harvest enough eggplant for a meal. Yum.

    Shawn Ann: Thanks! Things should be winding down for the season soon.

    Toni: We use a lot of sauce here too. Both K and I are part Italian and grew up with eating at least one pasta type dinner per week. We also use the sauce for pizza once a week. Wow! You certainly have to deal with some extreme weather in Wyoming. I can’t believe you had a frost already. Thank goodness it was a light one.

    Meemsnyc: The beans produced really well this year. They are also my favorite side dish vegetable. The grapes are indeed Concord. The vines came with the house and were quite overgrown when the house was purchased. I will post some pictures soon.

    Ribbit: The tomatoes just keep on coming. I am not wasting a single one though.

    Balcony Paradise: Thanks! Most of the tomatoes were picked semi-ripe this week because we were expecting a hurricane to come into the area. They ripen quickly on a windowsill.

    Emily: Thanks!

    Michelle: It is a great feeling to have so much preserved. Each year, it always seems like a mad rush to harvest and preserve all that is ready in the garden. I am sure you have your own challenges too even though you can garden all year.

    Thyme2garden: Preserving the harvest is an evolution for me. For many years, I was satisfied with planting the garden Memorial Day Weekend, enjoying fresh vegetables all summer long, then cleaning up the garden after the first frost. Then, little by little I began growing enough to preserve.

    Prairie Cat: Thanks! The 2nd picture of tomatoes in the plastic container are San Marzano and the 3rd in the basket are Roma.

  16. Oooooohhhhh....grapes. I can't wait to hear about them. Are they Concord?