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:
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.