This week’s garden harvest was the best yet – 28 pounds! So now our yearly total is up to 87 pounds. Awesome! I am amazed all the time by the garden and how these wonderful plants develop from tiny seeds. I’m sure Rod gets tired of me going on and on about what I find daily in the garden and make him go look at things – like the baby cantaloupe that is about the size of a plum, oh, and come over here and look at the squash, and see how this zucchini has spots on its leaves and fruit and this one over here is solid? So, what’s a girl to do? Blog about it, of course! Maybe someone out there who reads this will get as exited as I do…
I braved the bugs and picked the rest of the red currants. That was another 5 pounds, so we got 10 pounds from our 8 bushes. Not bad! Last year we got 3 3/4 pounds. These went into the freezer to make something with later.
I salvaged a little green tomato that had slug damage – might make more of that green tomato salsa. I also thinned the apples on my little Lodi apple tree, leaving one apple at each spot, instead of a cluster of two or three or four. Painful to pick those little apples, but I plan to use them in jam as natural pectin, so at least they will be used.
This is about the last of the strawberries for the year – sure enjoyed them! AND….my very first CHERRIES!!! EVER!! So excited! The tree is loaded (which is was last year too, but they all split from rain) and they are turning red now. They are Montmorency Pie Cherries, so are very tart, but should make good jam, right? That is if I can get them before the birds do.
I picked a lot of snap peas – 3 1/2 pounds total this week. Enjoyed some raw, and some cut in half and sautéed with onions and butter. Also used some in a stir fry and have more in the fridge to enjoy this week.
The stir fry and fried rice also included cabbage, carrots, celery, and green onions. I also chopped up the bottom parts of a few of the carrot tops and threw in there. Do you eat carrot tops, and if so, how do you fix them?
I see lots of others have abundant zucchini, but ours are just starting out. I think we’ve picked 4 so far, but there are lots of babies on the plants yet. We used this one in a zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting to take for dessert at our friends’ house.
Yesterday, I harvested the rest of the cabbage – 7 heads. Well 6 heads and a funny shaped one that didn’t make a big head… oh, well. I wrapped up three for the fridge and used the rest to make pickled cabbage. We tried a jar that I made last weekend with some smoked salmon and it was great! Got 8 pints to enjoy later. Added up to 14 1/2 pounds of cabbage this week, so that was half our total for the week.
Lastly, I picked a bunch of jalapenos, a few more peas and some other peppers. The other peppers were from a packet of jalapeno seeds, but obviously they are something else – Thai hot peppers maybe? Found another poor tomato being attacked by a slug and rescued it. Also, thinned the little William’s Pride apple tree – only had to take off one. And gathered a few eggs too.
Want to see what other’s are gathering from their gardens? Check out Harvest Monday at Daphne’s Dandelions.