The garden is slowing down with the cool temps we have had of late. Last night, temps were in the low 40s — tomatoes are not happy with that. The summer squash, though, is still hanging in there, last night we had a lovely sauteed squash medley to compliment a lobster dinner. Yum!
This week, though, it has been all about the pumpkins and winter squash. I’ve harvested all of them now, and just need to pull the vines. They are all curing in the hoop house. I have yet to weigh them, but it has been a terrific harvest!
4 Winter Luxury pumpkins
9 Small Sugar pumpkins
8 Waltham Butternut squash
3 Futsu Black Squash (with 1 more on the vine I’m hoping will ripen)
I still have 1-2 Small Sugar pumpkins on the vines. I can’t imagine they will ripen, but I’ve been too busy with other projects to pull the plants so I’m leaving them be. I am really curious about the Futsu Black Squash — it supposedly has a very nutty, almost hazelnut like flavor. Doesn’t that sound delicious?
While harvesting the squash, I also spied 2 cucumbers on the Marketmore 76 plant that I had given up for dead. It lives, and provides cucumbers!
The rest of this weeks harvest:
Herbs 12 oz.
Squash 9.75 lbs.
Peppers 1.5 lbs.
Tomatoes 12 lbs 1 oz.
Snap Peas 8 oz.
Cucumbers 14 oz.
I still have lots of Swiss chard, kale, basil, parsley and amazingly, quite a few summer squash in the garden. There are lots of green tomatoes but they are not enjoying the cooler temps and I can’t imagine they will ripen. Oh, and lots of cherry tomatoes, too, but I’ve been too busy to comb through the jungle and pick them. I need to get to the basil but have been right out straight. Maybe later this week when the laundry room floor is done. The final tally:
Total pounds: 528.13 lbs.
The week’s harvest tally brings the value of my harvests throughout the season to $1772.89. Expenses remained the same at $305.54, bringing the net value to $1,467.35. With winter squash selling for $1.50 a lb., I imagine I will definitely net over $1500 worth of vegetable this season, and I still have some winter green growing in the hoop house. I think gardening has proved worth my time and effort!
As the summer winds down here in the northeast, see who else is still harvesting at Daphne’s Dandelions Harvest Monday series, where gardeners around the world gather to brag or commiserate, as the case may be.