Monday, August 5, 2013

Harvest Monday: August 5, 2013

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 gathering from his or her gardens in different areas.

One Juliet tomato was harvested this week. It is the first tomato of the season. The rest don’t seem to be in a hurry to ripen. K enjoyed this one in a salad. It doesn't happen often that lettuce and tomatoes are available at the same time in my garden. He said the tomato was good.

Juliet Tomato - First Tomato of the Season

A few young peppers and onions were harvested to make fajitas:

Anaheim, Marconi Rosso, and Jalapeno Peppers and Spanish Onions

Kale

Red Norland Potatoes

A lot of cucumbers are coming out of the garden. I had enough this week to make a half batch of Granny's Bread & Butter Pickles. We are not big pickle eaters (see "We were Picklers" post from 2011), but it is nice to have a few jars to share.

Pickling Cucumbers 

Zucchini
And Yet more Zucchini and Cucumbers (the extra large cucumber was fed to the chickens)

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

24 comments:

  1. Your Juliet looks perfect and I can believe it was as tasty as it looks! Nice bunch of cucumbers and zucchini! What kind of zucchini do you grow?

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    1. K said the Juliet tasted good. Believe it or not, I don't like tomatoes unless they are in sauce or salsa. The zucchini is Cocozelle, but it looks like two different plants are producing slightly different colors.

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  2. Nice harvests! I wish I had a better crop of pickle cucumbers are horrible this year in my garden and destroyed all my cucumber plants.

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    1. It's nice to have enough pickling cucumbers this year to do something with them. My cucumbers were awful last year.

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  3. Oh my goodness that is a lot of zucchini. I'm really missing zucchini bread this summer. I hope mine picks up a bit so I have enough for bread.

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    1. I think I overdid it with zucchini. I have two more plants of mystery summer squash (came from a mixed seed envelope) that haven't begun producing yet. I can't keep up and will have to start freezing some.

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  4. Nice harvest! Tomatoes will catch up on ripening, as long as you have them nice and healthy :) Very nice batch of squash and cucumbers and red potatoes look really lovely.

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    1. I grow paste tomatoes and they take a little longer to ripen. So far the plants are looking pretty good. The squash and cucumbers show no signs of slowing down.

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  5. GREAT harvest. What I'd do for some variety right now. I can't wait for more variety again. *sigh*

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    1. Your fall garden will be spectacular. I just know it!

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  6. That is a fine looking tomato and a nice looking plate too. I haven't been on your blog in a while, how are your chickens doing? The chicken coup turned out real nice. I can't believe it is August already, and I was thinking about a fall garden too. It has been a year since we moved into the new house, boy how time flies.

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    1. The chickens are doing great! I should post more about them. They are growing so fast. I can't wait until they begin laying in the fall.

      It has been a year in your new home already? Wow, time does fly.

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  7. I was a pickler too (married to a scrapbooker)! But I have cut back, since I was giving most of them away. Now I give the cukes away, which save me making them into pickles first. I almost never have tomatoes and lettuce. I had my first BLT the other day, but I had to buy the lettuce. Nice zucchinis. I've made pickles from them too! ;-)

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    1. I like making pickles but just don't like eating them. K mentioned to me last week that he likes relish. I had to ask him how much did he really like relish, what did he like to have relish on, etc. Turns out he likes it on his burgers. He said the same thing about pickles. (sigh)

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  8. The first ripe tomato of the season is always very special, whatever variety! My first this year were "Maskotka", closely followed by "Sungold". I'm not a fan of pickled cucumbers or gherkins, but I love the little Lebanese cucumbers, eaten raw in a salad with tomatoes (and lettuce!).

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    1. I enjoy the pickling cucumbers raw with a little salt and also in salads. Just like with the tomatoes, it is not often I have lettuce to harvest along with the cucumbers.

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  9. Nice Juliet. It will be interesting to see how you like them. In my garden they are right behind the Sungolds as first tomato and are the last out of the garden in the fall. Meanwhile, lots of cukes and squash!

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    1. K liked the Juliet and deemed it a good salad tomato. I am not a fan of raw tomatoes. Hopefully, Juliet will prove to work well in sauce and salsa as well since they are so prolific.

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  10. And what a perfect Juliet it is! Like you, we picked the first of our tomatoes, even the cherry-sized ones are slow this year...

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    1. I grow only paste tomatoes and they seem to ripen later than the eating tomatoes. This combined with a late start of the summer garden, and the cooler weather we have had this week may have an affect on ripening. I have all my canning supplies ready and want to begin making some sauce and salsa.

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  11. It's looking like summer in your garden. The first tomato, yippee, it really is summer!

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    1. Yes, summer is here and the harvests are increasing each week. I can't believe I forgot to post pics of the blueberries and beans harvested last week.

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  12. That tomato is so pretty and precious.

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    1. There is only one tomato so far. But it is the first tomato and deserves to be appreciated :)

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