Monday, August 30, 2010

Harvest Monday Aug 30th 2010

It's not a huge harvest this week.  The tomatoes are slowing down and a majority of the rest is done for the season.

The second round of cabbages was enjoyed in cole slaw this week.  We also wrapped things up with our corn.  The jury is still out on whether we'll do it again next year.  The pumpkin may be our one and only this year.  All around we didn't have a good pumpkin and squash year. 

Tomatoes are still coming in, but at a slower pace.  I'm hoping to can up a few more qts this week, but we'll see. 

This post is part of Harvest Monday at Daphne's Dandelions.  Head on over and see what else has been harvested this week.

16 comments:

meemsnyc said...

Those tomatoes look delicious. Our tomato production is slowing down too. I'm anxiously waiting for them to finish so I can pull all the plants.

Dan said...

The cabbage looks good! I have one head sizing up. The chipmunk ate the rest of the plants early this spring. How did you plant your corn? I've read planting them in blocks gives better pollination.

Angela said...

You've got a nice harvest, a little bit like summer and a little bit like fall, perfect for this time of year.

Karen Anne said...

I opened my first Sugar Baby watermelon yesterday. Really not that good, and an amazing number of seeds all through it,not just in the center. Not planting this again next year, I think.

The Mom said...

Meemsnyc, some of mine need to be ripped out now. The rest may get pulled next week.

Dan, the corn was planted in a 4x12 block 8 inches apart all the way through.

Angela, thanks, it was a nice mix.

Karen Anne, I haven't had any luck with them. A few years ago I did very well with Crimson Sweet. I'll be going back to those next year.

kitsapFG said...

My tomatoes are slowing down too - of course they never sped up this year! LOL! Corn can be quite a picky grower. I would encourage you to try it again next year but space them 12 inches apart in all directions, and side dress them with a good organic fertilizer that has a higher nitrogen ratio to phosphorus and potasium. Corn is a huge feeder, wants warmth, and needs to be properly irrigated during critical growth periods. I also help the pollination by gently "shaking" the stalks when they are tassled and the silks are out - it releases the pollen (mimics the wind). My corn harvest is pretty miserable this year because I did not side dress fertilizer enough and our summer was too dang cool for the plants to be happy and thrive. It's the way it goes sometimes.

Daphne said...

Oh yum cabbage. I haven't had coleslaw in a long time. Usually I eat a lot of it over the winter.

Prairie Cat said...

One pumpkin is better than no pumpkin! What do you plan to do with it?

The Mom said...

Laura, I suspect that I wasn't aggressive enough with fertilizing. I will also try shaking them more.

Daphne, cabbages did very well for me this year. I'm hoping to have lots this fall and winter as well.

The Mom said...

Prairie Cat, the pumpkin will become puree and most likely end up as pumpkin muffins.

Thomas said...

Things are beginning to slow down here as well. It's a bit depressing isn't it?

I was apprehensive about growing corn this year (since Mike Pollan has rendered it a politically incorrect veggie) but it was just so good. I plant on growing it every year now. Also, have you tried hand pollinating them? My most beautiful ears were pollinated that way.

The Mom said...

Thomas, I'll have to try that next year.

thyme2garden said...

Tomatoes and cabbage all in the same week, that definitely sounds like a summer to fall transition time. Sorry to hear that your pumpkin and squash didn't do so well. Was it the bugs? My three zucchini plants all died from powdery mildew, so I have yet to experience the zucchini glut that everyone was talking about. I guess there's always next year!

Stevie from GardenTherapy.ca said...

cabbages! wow - I would love some of my cabbages to be ready. Great harvest.

Leigh said...

Our harvest is slowing down too but I'm still hanging in there! Getting the fall garden in is slow going too.

The Mom said...

Thyme2garden, it certainly is a transition time here. I lost all of my squashes to the squash vine borer. We have a terrible time with them in my neighborhood.

Stevie, cabbages have done quite well here this year. We love them, so it's a good thing.

Leigh, ours is certainly slowing significantly. I'm getting tired, so it's all good!