Monday, July 16, 2012

Harvest Monday: July 16. 2012

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.

I began preserving some summer squash this past week. Some zucchini was grated up, measured out into 2-cup increments and frozen. I also froze some zucchini and summer squash slices.

Celery, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cuke, and Dk Red Norland Potatoes

Pea Pods, Kennebec Potatoes, Zucchini, Summer Squash, and Cuke

Peas, Cuke, Yellow Squash, and Parsley

Young Red Onion and Kennebec Potatoes

Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and Cuke

It has been way too hot for baking, so I also tried making a zucchini bread in my bread machine. I just used my regular Zucchini Bread recipe from the Betty Crocker New Cookbook. I have never used the quick bread setting before and the results were ok. I think it was a bit over mixed affecting the texture a bit, but it was a small price to pay for fresh baked zucchini bread without heating up the oven and the house for an hour.

Speaking of the heat.....Yeah, I am going to do a little grumbling about the continued oppressive heat we are experiencing here in Maine. Temperatures have been in the 80s-90s combined with extreme humidity. It's like trying to breath through a wet sock.

With the humidity high, the foliage is staying pretty damp even during the day presenting a perfect environment for diseases. Most of the Roma tomatoes are beginning to get some yellow spotted leaves. We haven't had a lot of rain and the garden soil is pretty dry and required some deep soaker hose watering this week. The garden is loving the heat though and is growing really well.

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

22 comments:

  1. I just had my DUH moment. I was up baking bread at 3 am this morning, so I could still get the house cooled down in time to shut everything up. Bread machine---out on the porch---now THAT is an idea! I knew there was a reason I needed to buy one. Beats firing up the oven.........

    Stay cool!

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    1. The only problem with using a bread machine is there is only one loaf. When I usually bake zucchini bread, I usually make two loafs and a bunch of zucchini muffins. The extras are frozen.

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  2. This hot and humid weather is for the birds! It really takes a toll on you.

    Your harvests are looking great! Stay cool!

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    1. I think even the birds are hot. I don't see many until evening as the sun is going down and it cools a fraction.

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  3. I tried zucchini bread in my bread machine last year, it just wasn't quite right. It was too heavy and the outside got too done. Of course, I'd turn the fan on myself before I'd get up at 3 am like Sue! I'm not getting up at 3 for anybody/anything!

    What kind of peas did you plant that you're still harvesting them? Mine were cooked the first day it hit 100F.

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    1. The texture of the bread machine zucchini bread was different. I don't usually mix up the batter as much as the bread machine did. It was cooked perfectly though.

      These are Green Arrow Peas. They were planted around the 3rd week of April. Here in my area, the goal is to have peas by July 4th. The plants were pulled after this harvest.

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  4. Nice cucurbit harvest. And I'm with you on the heat. I ought to be out working in the garden, but I'm avoiding. I just don't care. If my cukes are too big when I pick them, I'm fine with that.

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    1. I've been going out to the garden each day to keep up with the cucurbit harvest but i spotted a zucchini today that somehow got away from me.

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  5. Lots of zucchini there. Definitely time to make the zucchini bread (does the Dunkin Donuts baker get up at 3 AM?). I'm with you on the humidity, this is prime conditions for spreading disease. We have powdery mildew now spreading around the garden and I'm eyeballing a couple of my tomatoes which I think have signs of late blight. I started spraying copper and I'm trying to keep everything evenly watered to avoid BER.

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    1. So far no powdery mildew for me, but I know it is only a matter of time. I so hope it isn't late blight on your tomatoes.

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  6. Very nice harvests, I guess I am the only gardener in the world that doesn't grow potatoes. I got to get on the potato bus this fall.

    Your zukes look great too, sorry about your heat and humidity, won't get much sympathy from me on that one. Only if you give me sympathy in January when I complain about freezing at 20 degrees and you are up there suffering at -20 below. :)

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    1. Potatoes are pretty easy to grow. I hope you give some a try. We are just not used to the heat and humidity up North. It is very sticky and yucky.

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  7. Great harvest. Does freezing the zucchini change the texture of the bread. I am swimming in zucchini now and trying to figure out how to use it. I don't like frozen zucchini when it is featured but perhaps it would work in bread?

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    1. I don't notice any difference using grated zucchini that has been frozen vs. fresh when baking. The frozen slices are very soft when thawed and are used in soups, stews, or sauteed.

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  8. You all sure have gotten way past your fair share of heat and drought. Hang in there. Good looking squash! I'll have to think about things like quick breads in the crock pot. Wonder if that would work? Everything looks so abundant from your garden.

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    1. The crock pot has been a good friend lately. I have thought about baking quick breads in the slow cooker and there ARE some recipes out there. I have never tried any because my crock pot is too small to hold a baking pan. But it can be done.

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  9. I really wish we liked zucchini bread, it would be such a great way to use up my zucchini surplus but sadly my husband turns his nose up at it, and I am only mildly interested in it. You sure have a nice bounty of zucchini coming in right now! Hope you catch a break soon on the oppressive heat. It does indeed wear a person out to have it continue for a long period of time.

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    1. It is too bad you don't like zucchini bread because we do use up a lot of squash this way. I grate and freeze zucchini in two cup measurements because it is enough for 2 loaves of bread. One to eat and one to freeze or give away.

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  10. You had a really great harvest this week. I never thought these words would come out of my mouth but I'm very jealous of your zucchini. We lost both our plants to bacterial wilt this year so we won't be having any zucchini from our garden for the first time in 15 years of gardening!! :(

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    1. I am sorry about your zucchini. It's not too late to start some more seeds. I just planted some last week. They grow really fast in the summer. When the spring plants begin to die from powdery mildew, the new plants will begin to produce.

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  11. Everything looks really good! But I was just thinking today how nice it's been since it cooled off to 90!

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    1. LOL! I guess it all depends on what you are accustomed to.

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