I was flipping through the pictures from this week’s harvests and there weren’t too many. Guess I spent more time picking wild blueberries than harvesting from the garden.
I picked a couple pickling cucumbers that were getting too big. Only had two though, so I put them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator to wait until I have enough for a pint of pickles. I let the zucchini grow a little longer than I should have. I try to get them when they are still small. We fixed the smaller one for dinner with chicken fried venison strips. Sliced in thick rounds, dipped in batter mixture of flour and milk, then deep fried until golden – they turned out delicious! The other one went into zucchini banana bread and we still have half of that one to use up.
I was getting antsy about harvesting our Purple Viking potatoes, so I pulled one plant to see how they looked. Disappointed to see that they have scab…never had that before. After doing some reading, I’ve concluded that the chicken manure I used was not composted enough. The scab doesn’t affect the flavor, just the appearance. I always rotate our crops and will continue to do that, but won’t use the compost from the chicken yard on next year’s potato bed. I also need to check the ph and adjust if necessary.
The inside of this variety is so pretty. And they taste good too! I just peeled and boiled them and we enjoyed them with butter and salt along with some Dungeness crab our friends gave us – so yummy!
Found one more good sized pickling cucumber, so I think I have enough for a pint. Pulled a couple onions to go with them. Also pulled up a nice sized Atomic Red carrot.
I decided that we should go ahead and harvest the whole bed of potatoes. The plants have been dying and I didn’t think the potatoes would get any larger. Plus the weather was nice and the soil wasn’t all muddy. Rod helped me sift through the bed and pull out all the lovely spuds. His guess was 100 pounds, my guess was 75 pounds. From the same sized bed last year, we harvested 52 pounds of Yukon Golds. He won – our total was 103 pounds! With the few I pulled the day before and some earlier in the year, we got 107 pounds from that bed. Very happy with that! We will be eating lots of potatoes in the next couple months. They should store well just in the boxes in our hallway, where it is the coolest. I covered them up so no light can get in. I plan to can some to have on the shelf for quick meals, some by themselves and some mixed with carrots and onions.
That put our weekly total at 112 pounds, bringing our yearly total up to 226 pounds. Amazing!! We may make it to our goal of 400 pounds…
We still have one large bed of potatoes (8′ by 16′), a bed of carrots, and a bed of beets. Still have a few onions in the ground too. I’ve planted turnips, radishes and rutabagas and have some cabbage and zucchini plants to put in the potato bed. There are quite a few green tomatoes and the little patch of corn. There are jalapenos, a winter squash and lots of baby squash. The pole beans finally got a few flowers, so we may get some green beans too. I will also count our apples in with the total. Do you think we will make it?
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