Monday, September 12, 2011

Harvest Monday - September 12, 2011

I have two weeks worth of harvests to report but I only managed to take a single photo so this will be a bit boring. The tomatoes are finally starting to trickle in. Why only one photo of those prizes? Because it's just not that exciting to see a bunch of barely starting to ripen fruit that has been snatched from the jaws of the marauding effing rats. I took one shot of the counter top ripened Fiaschetto tomatoes, the rest of them are still developing their proper colors.

Other than tomatoes there isn't anything new. I covered the Slenderette bean plants with Agribon row cover which has kept them from the jaws of the ravenous rodents so I've been able to harvest a respectable amount of them. And I didn't pull out the cucumbers since they don't seem to be as tasty a target as the tomatoes of late. The Piracicaba broccoli is pumping out the shoots these days and the di Sarno Calabrese broccoli could be going into high gear soon also. I've been feeding the Pimento de Padron peppers and also gave them treatments of an organic fungicide that goes by the brand name of Actinovate. The plants are making a bit of a comeback so I've been getting enough peppers to keep us fairly happy.

Here's the harvests for the past two weeks:

Musica green beans - 9 lb., 14.7 oz
Slenderette green beans - 2 lb., 14.3 oz.
Piracicaba broccoli - 2 lb., .9 oz.
Green Fingers Persian cucumbers - 1 lb., 11.4 oz.
Tasty Green Japanese cucumbers - 1 lb., 15.1 oz.
Diamond eggplant - 10.2 oz.
Orient Express eggplant - 9.2 oz.
Pimento de Padron peppers - 1 lb.
Amish Paste tomatoes - 4.9 oz.
Aunt Ruby's German cherry tomatoes - 4.7 oz.
Black Krim tomatoes - 7.6 oz.
Fiaschetto tomatoes - 1 lb., 2.9 oz.
Galinas cherry tomatoes - 5.7 oz.
Japanese Trifele tomatoes - 11.3 oz.
Katja tomatoes - 2 lb., 1 oz.
Unidentified tomatoes - 1 lb., 1.2 oz.
Zucchini - 4 lb., 6.1 oz.

The total harvests for the past two weeks were - 31 lb., 5.2 oz.
The harvests for the year have been - 322 lb., 13.4 oz.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.


  1. That picture is not boring at all! I've never seen a platter quite like that before. Very cool.

  2. I have had a terrible rat problem because of my chicken coop. My house also borders a farm run by monks who refuse to kill anything. The rats eat the chicken food, raid my garden, etc. I have used hundreds of snap traps, the rat zapper, but could not make any progress. Finally, and very reluctantly, I decided to use poison. I haven't seen a single rats in days, but can smell them dying in the bushes. Hopefully I can wipe out enough to dent the population, and then go back to snap traps.

  3. Sorry to hear your pest troubles! We've had a fair share of munched on veggies/fruits. Your tomatoes look lovely!

  4. gosh I can't imagine having to deal with rats. I applaud you for not giving up!

  5. It's great that you're getting ripe tomatoes and saving them from the rats! Pepper plants do seem to make a comeback at this time of year and ours have started to flower again...whether there will be time for fruit to grow and ripen, I'm not sure.

  6. You have my sympathies - and also some very nice looking tomatoes.

  7. The great rat wars continue!

    I have to pick my tomatoes before fully ripened and bring them inside to finish off because our night time temps are just too low for good (fast) vine ripening. I get them colored up well but not fully ripe on the vine and then pick them and within two days they are finished inside with the warmer house conditions. Only way I get tomatoes here unfortunately. I still take pictures of them as they have a splash of color - just not true red most of the time. :D

    Love that platter as well.

  8. Love that kitty tomato platter.


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