Whew....it's been so busy at work, but I still managed to keep the garden maintained - and the harvest has picked up significantly! The last of the corn has been picked, and now it's pretty much tomatoes, squash, okra, and cucumbers that need picking each day. It's scorching hot outside, but that doesn't slow me down one bit. I'm used to it.....Anyway, here's most of the harvest from the last couple of weeks, as a couple of harvests weren't photographed....
Photo below - here's the first of the tomatoes. That's a Neves Azorean Red on the right, and Brandywine on the left. I wasn't impressed one bit with the taste of NAR, and quite frankly - it was a definite letdown. However, the production is good, and they do get pretty big! The brandywine was sliced for topping off burgers cooked on the grill, and it was very good! (but not as good as Cherokee Purple)
If you'd like to share your harvest for the week and also see what everyone else is getting from their garden, just visit Daphne's Blog to participate!
Now, for current news on the garden.......The green beans have finally started to provide a decent harvest, and it sure did take a while this time around! The vines are huge, and provided beans much earlier in last years' garden. Who knows? It may be due to too much fertlizer earlier in the season...
Also, the squirrels are getting every single tomato that develops on the 8 plants by the shed. UGH! I hate to say it, but the shotgun is gonna have to come out for this problem. If any PETA members are reading this - I hate it. I won't even blink an eye while doing it. Ha!
In other news, we have fruitset finally on one of the butternut squash growing in the 4 x 9 box next to the woods. It's developing quite nicely, and there may be one more if it got pollinated sufficiently.
The saved rainwater had almost been depleted from the 220 gallon storage system, because it hasn't rained in at least 2 weeks around here. However, it rained alot on Friday, and I was able to capture another 100 gallons. The scorching heat during the months of July and August really increases the water usage in the swc's, and several of the small ones have to be filled daily. A 2 gallon watering can with shower attachment removed from the end is used to pour the water into the fill pipes, and only requires 3 trips to top everything off. Since i'm no stranger to manual labor outside, it's no big deal at all.
Take care, and happy gardening!