Monday, September 5, 2011

Harvest Monday: September 5, 2011

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.

The garden was harvested heavily a week ago in anticipation of Irene's destructive force.  As a result, there wasn't a lot in need of harvesting. This week was more about preserving the harvest.

The nights are much cooler now making mornings a perfect time for canning. Friday evening I washed, and cut all the string beans that were picked during the week. Early Saturday morning, 18 pints of beans were canned:

Canned Beans

I also canned my first batch of applesauce from some of our freshly fallen apples. It was more labor intensive than I expected and yielded half than estimated after trimming and cooking.  Hopefully the apples still ripening on the trees will be in better condition and will require less trimming:


The diseased tomato vines are still hanging in there and providing the usual glut of partially ripe tomatoes. The Roma Tomatoes are almost finished, but the San Marzano plants still have an abundance of green tomatoes on their vines. An additional challenge began this week...get the tomatoes before the stinkbugs pierce their flesh. Ugh!

Roma and San Marzano Tomatoes

Partially red tomatoes are pulled from the vines each day and join the rest to finish ripening inside. I still have two paper boxes full of partially ripe tomatoes that were pulled last week before Irene. The countertop is in constant rotation.  Fully ripe tomatoes from the countertop are washed, placed into zipper bags, and frozen. Partially ripe tomatoes from the boxes take their place and the rotation is repeated.

Each gallon bag of tomatoes weighs around 4 pounds and at least 6 bags were placed in the freezer this week.  Needless to say, our chest freezer is almost full with mostly tomatoes. I will need to make and can a batch of sauce soon to make some room.

A new contribution to the tomato pile is Big Boy Bush Tomatoes I grew for K to enjoy. These began ripening over the last few weeks:

Big Boy Bush Tomatoes

The Cucumbers, Yellow Summer Squash and Zucchini are petering out but still provide a manageable amount of fruit:

Zucchini, Yellow Summer Squash, and Cucumbers

It is unfortunate that the Dark Red Norland potatoes began dying back several weeks ago. I say "unfortunate" because they had 3-weeks less growing time than last year. I dug up part of the bed and found that indeed there were few large and mostly small potatoes.  Below are some of the larger ones:

Dark Red Norland

I believe the smaller yield can mostly be attributed to less maturity time or maybe a nutrient deficiency rather than the new potato method. The Kennebec potatoes are just beginning to die back and exploring along the edges of the bed are proving to me that there are a lot of potatoes under the soil.  I will know more later in the season when the Kennebecs are ready for harvest.

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


  1. Those tomatoes look beautiful. The Big Boy Bush tomatoes in particular look like they will be great for fresh eating. I am kicking myself for not growing even ONE sauce tomato this year. Going to have to remedy that with next year's line up. I bet your Kennebecs have a great harvest waiting for you when you do the big potato lift later.

  2. Great harvests, especially the tomatoes.

  3. I grew 3 kinds of potatoes this year. Of the two I've harvested-one had a GREAT harvest, and one was TERRIBLE. I think the 3rd variety will determine if it was a lousy year or not.

    Your tomatoes look good. Did you like the Big Boy bush?

  4. Lots of good preserving for you! The applesauce looks good. We are considering going to the U pick farm to get some apples and maybe make a little applesauce and other tasty treats! Good harvest for you!

  5. Wow, 18 pints of green beans in one day - what a lot of work!

    The harvests look great. I didn't realize that stinkbugs are a pest in your neck of the woods - probably because I thought the entire world's population of stink bugs lived within 200 feet of my garden this year :)

  6. Those green beans and applesauce jars look delicious. There's something about the finished jar that is very appealing. Maybe it's all the work that went into it, or maybe its the promise of fresh food in the winter. I don't know, but I like it!