Harvest Monday – 6th February 2012

6 Feb

Saturday's harvest

How can it possibly be February already?  The summer harvests are still going strong, although I fear that they are slowing.

This week I harvested:

2 Apple Cucumber –   getting a bit sick of these now. They have a bitterness that I’m not keen on.

4 Golden Nugget pumpkins – I think these are on the downhill run. I tried to move the vine during the week to mow around it, and I snapped the growing tip off the most productive plant. Now I’m just molly-coddling the seed-donor pumpkin, because I don’t have seeds for this amazing and highly productive variety.  I really hope that they grow true to type next year.

1 Lebanese cucumber – My lebanese cuke plants have finally started producing. I imagine I’ll get quite a yield from these if it doesn’t cool off too quickly.

18 lebanese eggplant – still going extremely strong. I made baba ganoush during the week, and I’m finally starting to enjoy eggplant.

1 ‘Double Yield’ cucumber – I really should have looked after these plants better. They are still producing, but only just.

3 ‘Tigerella’ tomatoes – I’m having to pick these severely underripe to prevent fruit split. We’ve had 66 milimetres of rain over the last week, 44 of which fell last Friday, playing havoc with a lot of my fruit. The most devastating was the much anticipated 1st rockmelon that split on Friday.

1 Rockmelon

I had to pick it before it was infested through the split. Unfortunately it was only days under-ripe – still edible, but not great. Thankfully I still have another on the vine. As long as we don’t get any more downpours I might actually get to enjoy it.

1 ‘Rouge de Marmande’ tomato – These don’t seem to have split as easily as some of the other varieties, and they are so productive! This plant isn’t much to look at, but it is simply covered in fruit.

7 cobs corn – The corn is still going really well. My 2 year old loves it, and we get requests for corn every night for dinner.

2 kilos ‘Ruby Lou’ potatoes – I harvested one of the potato growing bags this week. It had died off long ago but I was storing the potatoes in the bag. I’m really enjoying growing potatoes this way, and as long as I have 2 or 3 bags on the go at all times, I think I’ll be able to produce potatoes all year round.

4 green capsicum (green bell pepper) – I made the mistake of growing the capsicums in the middle of the bed between 2 rows of eggplant. The eggplants now dwarf the capsicums, so there is very little light reaching the capsicum plants. My lovely plant that was covered in capsicum dropped all its fruit during the week. The 4 I count here are the ones that could be salvaged.

1 ‘birds eye’ chilli – This chilli plant is amazingly hardy and really productive. I picked a chilli during the week, and I have many more coming.

Next week, I’m hoping the edamame will be ready to harvest!

For other great harvests around the world, head over to Daphne’s Dandelions.

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22 Responses to “Harvest Monday – 6th February 2012”

  1. Sarah February 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    Where do you get the potato growing bags from? They sound like an excellent idea.

  2. Sara Aylett February 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

    Send apple cucumbers this way please!!

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

      I’ve hardly seen you guys! Don’t worry, I’ll refrigerate these so they’ll still be good when we do.

  3. Liz February 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    I have tried and failed to grow canteloupe for the last 2 years so I quite jealous of your underripe one. I can’t believe how much rain you’ve been having and by the same token how little we’ve been having. I reckon we may have managed about 20mm total for whole of the last 6 weeks. My rouge de Marmande have been my most productive tomatoes too – i’m definitely a fan.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 6, 2012 at 10:08 pm #

      Not sure exactly what type, but they are the “Burkes Backyard’ tomato. Definitely a type of Rouge de Marmande. Next to my San Marzanos (which I had high hopes for but look seriously pathetic) they are a super-variety!

      On the rain front, I have watered the front bed less than 5 times all summer. It is unbelievable! Are you watering daily?

      • kitsapFG February 7, 2012 at 12:53 am #

        Your garden is really producing right now for you. I am envious of all the variety of items you are harvesting and enjoying. We are at the lowest point of our garden year, so the pickings are slim. Enjoy the summer bounty!

      • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 7, 2012 at 8:33 am #

        I really feel for you guys in the middle of winter!

      • Liz February 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

        Yeah daily and in twice daily for some pots – having said that its much cooler this week so perhaps I will need to less. I did overwater my tomatoes though – they are tempramental things aren’t they? My tomatoes have been pretty average this year as a result- off to mum & dads tomorrow though – they have heaps.

      • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm #

        Overwatering tomatoes in pots spells particular disaster. That’s how I wrote off the first half of the tomato season, except I didn’t actually do any watering.

  4. Barbie February 7, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Your harvest looks fantastic. Melons, corn, potatoes. Catch me in 90s days. I pray I’m there!

  5. Daphne February 7, 2012 at 2:07 am #

    Last summer I had a lot of splitting of melons too. So sad. The heavy rains always want to come at the wrong time. I still got a few good melons at least. I hope your next one is better.

    • Wilderness February 7, 2012 at 3:05 am #

      Nice harvest. That corn sure looks good. It will be ready here in August but I am not growing any. Our nights just don’t say warm enough and I can’t seem to get the soil amended so the corn likes it. It takes up too much room for what I get out of it.

      • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 7, 2012 at 8:47 am #

        I’m sure you have something that grows especially well in your part of the world to make up for it. I’m certainly very thankful that corn grows well here though.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 7, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      I’ve never grown melons before so I didn’t realise that it was even possible for them to split. More rain again overnight and for the next week, so hopefully the remaining one will survive!

  6. maryhysong February 7, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    Of all the summer produce I most look forward to the melons, can’t wait! Your garden harvests are lovely. I believe the weather will just get crazier everywhere. We’ve had almost no winter and no rain since Dec tho Jan is usually our wettest winter month.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 7, 2012 at 8:48 am #

      It is so strange. I wish I could have know in advance so I could do things a bit differently. I’m not sure whether to plan for another wet one next year or not.

  7. Michelle February 7, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    I’ve not been able to get melons to grow to any stage of ripeness, the last time I tried the local rodents got all of them. I enjoyed seeing all the bounty from your garden, it’s pretty slim pickings around here right now.

    • L from 500m2 in Sydney February 7, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      Rodents – oh dear! We do have possums that sometimes eat things, but they haven’t touched the melons as yet (fingers crossed!)

  8. Jennie-Team Dean February 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    beautiful harvest. the corn looks wonderful

  9. Lynns Urban Garden Diary February 9, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    What a wonderful harvest!! 🙂

    Lynn

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