Monday, August 13, 2012

Harvest Mondays: August 13, 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.

The tomato harvest of 2012 has begun! The San Marzano and Roma began ripening this week:

San Marzano and Roma Tomatoes

Swiss Chard

Fastbreak Melon

New Zealand Spinach

Onions and Peppers

Dark Red Norland Potaoes and Danvers Carrots

Kennebec Potatoes and Carrots

Not photographed but harvested daily were blueberries and beans. The pole beans began producing this week. Unfortunately, I lost about 1/4 of my bean plants to deer. They have visited the garden twice in the last week.

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

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful harvests. And lucky you-I'm STILL waiting for a tomato!
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    1. Sue, My tomatoes have just begun turning red this week. I hope your start soon.

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  2. Darn deer! Hurrah for the tomatoes! I would be in seventh heaven getting a nice basket of ripe tomatoes like that. We had problems with blossom drop - not from heat but from prolonged periods of too cool conditions. They are now all setting fruit as we have warmed up but it is doubtful if they will make it to the finish line and mature before the cool fall rains arrive. Possible but not probable. (sigh)

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    1. Unfortunately, disease hit about 1/3 of my tomato plants early this year. So I feel lucky to get what I get this year. I hope your weather stays warm so your tomatoes continue to mature and ripen.

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  3. wow, lovely basket of tomatoes! Waiting for my Amish Paste to kick in so I have enough for canning. may not happen until next year! Oh those darn deer! So far *(knock on wood!) I haven't had too bad of a pest problem this year!

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    1. I'm growing Amish paste this year too thanks to Daphne sharing her seeds. I have one that is blushing right now. The rest have some growing to do.

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  4. Beautiful harvests. I'm still waiting for my first melon. I think I'll get it before the wilt takes them all down. I hope so.

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    1. I hope your melons ripen soon. I have two more potential melons in the garden. The vines are dying though so who knows if they will ripen in time.

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  5. Lots of color variety in your harvest - love the carrots! One year I grew them actually hoping for misshapen ones but I didn't much luck in growing them at all. My dogs go nuts for carrots so it is something that always on the shopping list.

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    1. I have the most difficult time growing carrots. These look pathetic, but at least they taste good. My lab, Bradie loves carrots.

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  6. Well done on the tomatoes and the dark red potatoes. They look like jewels.

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  7. Everything looks so beautiful! Such great colors! That melon, though...that melon has me jealous!

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    1. We love Fastbreak melons because of its fast maturity (65 days), sweet flavor, and the fact that it lets us know when it is ripe by slipping off the vine. It is an F1 hybrid that has proven itself in our garden by producing numerous fruit.

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  8. I love the carrots! So pretty. Your tomatoes look perfect too. I'm jealous that you get fresh blueberries every day!

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    1. Thanks! The blueberries are winding down this week. We were lucky to have a great harvest this year. I have frozen some for later.

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  9. Nice basket of tomatoes, lots of sauce ahead. For the deer, have you tried one of those motion-activated sprinklers on a stake? We have friends with a summer home in Maine who use one for their veggie garden. We know it works because we were attacked by it as we tried to walk from the car to their house.

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    1. David, I haven't tried any deer deterrent yet. Well, other than running outside and shooing a deer away. Usually they focus on the fallen apples and leave the garden alone. This sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the tip.

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  10. That is one nice looking melon! It is always so exciting when the tomatoes start coming on good! I came home from vacation to 6 lbs on one plant! Woo hoo!

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    1. This was the first normal sized melon. It was very good. Wow! 5 pounds on one plant. That must have been a nice surprise.

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  11. My goodness that melon looks beautiful! Everything looks great, but I'm especially impressed with the melon and that nice healthy chard. My chard is just not cutting it this year. Great harvest!

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    1. Funny thing about the chard. I've been ignoring it since spring. Then I noticed that it was putting out some beautiful, large foliage with little slug damage. I should have harvested it right then and there, but I waited until the following day. The damn deer ate most of it overnight. I was lucky to harvest a few leaves.

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  12. Ah, sounds like it might be about time to harvest a deer or two. ;-) *snicker* Your harvest looks fantastic. LOVE all the variety.

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    1. Yeah, I was pretty upset to lose some of the beans. They munched on some other things too. Then one deer had the nerve to waltz across the yard yesterday in broad daylight. I had to go outside and shoo it away. LOL!

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  13. I'm sure the deer would eat my beans to the ground if they could get to them! They even ate a few okra plants - spines and all.

    I've not had much luck with the San Marzano tomatoes. It's good to see somebody has some, and yours look great!

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    1. Funny observation….the deer completely ignored the New Zealand Spinach growing in the same bed as some of the bush beans they munched on.

      San Marzano have been a staple in my garden for the past 5 years. I have good luck with them.

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  14. A beautiful harvest this week. Dang deer. We have them in our neighborhood too but we are lucky to have a big fence that keeps them out!! It's great to see those tomatoes. We had our first few ripen today as well!

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  15. Very impressive! My vegetable garden was kind of a dud this year. I just don't understand the climate and conditions in Northern California...

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  16. Very nice looking harvest! the carrots and melon especially yummy.

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  17. I've pretty much given up on getting melons to ripen in my cool climate, but I wonder if Fastbreak would tolerate the cold nights here. Tomatoes ripen eventually, the first ones should be ripe by the end of the week or next week. Fortunately, my growing season is long, if not hot. Love the color of those Norland potatoes!

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  18. Great harvests! We're very pleased with the Danvers carrots too. I'm thinking we really should try the Fastbreaks melons. We do love our melons! I see you went with "Dark Red" this year. We tried "Purple Viking" for the first time this year. It has white flesh. Who knows how it will store.

    Boy did we learn a lesson with "New Zealand. It came to us like you, from MKG. You did really well with those seeds. Not so much here. Nice work!"

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  19. Your picture of the tomatoes look so great that they almost look airbrushed. Yummy days ahead for you!

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