|Sweet Gold and Piccolo Dattero cherry tomatoes|
Mara des Bois Strawberries
|Pink Plume Celery|
The beans are down to just a trickle now and I'm on the verge of pulling them out.
The cucumbers, Mouse Melons, and zucchini are picking up the pace though. That's the first Gagon cucumber above. It and the second one shown below clinched my decision to pull out the plants, both of them were horribly bitter. I didn't even put the Gagon (should be Gag On) cukes into the tally since I couldn't eat them. I tasted a couple of the cucumbers that were still on the vines when I pulled them out and they were actually ok, but the plants aren't very productive and I didn't feel like playing cucumber roulette anymore so the plants went into the compost and I put a couple of tried and true Japanese (Tasty Treat?) cucumber plants in their place.
The Mouse Melons have been delightful, they are a welcome tangy addition to tossed salads.
I've been getting enough zucchini to start dehydrating it. The Romanesco variety is excellent dried, it's a favorite addition to frittatas through the time of year when fresh zucchini isn't available from the garden.
|LtoR Batavia Broccoli, Manoa Crisphead Lettuce, Apollo Brokali|
|Pink Plume Celery|
|Batavia Broccoli Side Shoots|
So, the Soberanes Fire is constantly on my mind and in my eyes and lungs. It has been burning 11 days with 40,000 acres scorched as of last night and surely more by this morning. There's over 5,200 people here working on it. 496 engines, 46 water tenders, 16 helicopters, 6 air tankers, 106 hand crews, 72 dozers, and 6 "other". The cost of fighting the fire is up to 6 million dollars per day. 57 homes and 11 outbuildings have been destroyed. One dozer operator has died. The fire is now burning into a very rugged area where it's not practical to fight it. A containment line will likely be built around the area where it's possible to defend the line and everything inside that perimeter will be allowed to burn until there's nothing left to burn or the rains come to put out the fire. The rainy season doesn't start until November or December. I read one estimate yesterday of a possibility of
On Saturday one of these was affixed to every single mail box in the neighborhood. It's information for fire crews and this sign indicates that A there is access for fire engines, W there is a nearby water source (they missed our 10,000 gallon tank at the back of the house or maybe they don't deem it to be accessible, combustible material has been cleared within 100 feet of the house, and that the house is occupied.
Enough of the fire for now, back to the harvests.
Here's the details of the harvests for the past week:
Red Swan beans - 1 oz.
Roc d'Or beans - .3 oz.
Rolande Files beans - 5.4 oz.
Royalty Purple Pod beans - 2.6 oz.
Slenderette beans - .7 oz.
Batavia broccoli - 5.8 lb. (It's a good thing we love broccoli)
Apollo brokali - 7.9 oz.
Pink Plume celery - 3.4 lb.
Green Fingers cucumbers - 1.6 lb.
Mouse Melons - 12.4 oz.
Manoa Crisphead lettuce - 6.2 oz.
Ramata di Milano onion - 1.4 oz.
Yellow Spanish Utah onion - 1.7 lb. (yes, one trimmed onion)
Piccolo Dattero cherry tomato - .4 oz.
Sweet Gold cherry tomatoes - 1.3 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 4.4 lb.
Total harvests for the past week - 20.7 lb.
2016 YTD harvests - 398.9 lb.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Dave on his blog Our Happy Acres, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.