Harvest Monday: July 2

Harvest 7-2-18  This Monday’s harvest looks pretty much like recent harvests taking place about every two days from the potager.  Top left are “Provider” beans, which just keep producing pounds and pounds of beautiful beans.  Even prettier are the “Velour” French fillet beans.  This was their second picking and there were over 4 pounds.  Last bean, top right are “Strike” which are slowing down & will be clipped off on their next picking.  The peas (far left) are “Sabre” and “Legacy” both of which was their final picking.  Two “Majestic” cauliflowers and a big head of “Blue Wind” broccoli are joined in the box by 3 not-so-pretty “Parisian” cucumbers.  I think they needed more water.  That’s the first carrots for this year, “Danvers Half-Longs” which were too close to the edge of the raised bed now that its so dry again.  In the plastic bag are 1 1/2 c. of black raspberries….still not enough for a batch of jam, but maybe after the next picking.  Total yield for the day:  17 lbs.  Not shown are what took most of my day (and we had a “Heat Advisory” day again, so I was taking it slow!) which was pulling all the shallots (11 trays) and digging the first diagonal of garlic (2 trays) which was “Rosewood.”  I’ll weigh them after they are cured and braided.

That’s my “Harvest Monday,” the first for July.  To see what others are harvesting, go to Our Happy Acres, the host for this meme.

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About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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14 Responses to Harvest Monday: July 2

  1. Margy says:

    That’s a lot of food to eat. Even my small garden produces more than we can eat. I can some of it, but things like lettuce go begging. I have been using unused plants to chop up for mulch. Seem to working well so far. – Margy

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    • carolee says:

      The potager produces more than we can eat, too, but generally it doesn’t go to waste because I give it to friends and family, or barter. There is lettuce that goes to the compost pile…always…no matter how I revamp the seeding and menu it all seems ready at once! I’m going to work harder on that plan next year!

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  2. Liz Evers says:

    Wow, are you producing enough to be self-sufficient year-round (or close to)?

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    • carolee says:

      No, not even close to my self-sufficient homesteading days! We do eat from the garden for about 5 months of the year, so grocery bill is small then, but I don’t produce meats, or grains, or nearly all the fruits we enjoy. The freezer and shelves provide vegetables, some fruits, and all the herbs we use in the non-garden months though, and I love doing it.

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  3. Your garden is very productive already. I find I like growing the plants more than harvesting them. Probably because it is a lot of work to perserve them and it always comes at the hottest days of the summer when I’m feeling most like a lazy slug.

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    • carolee says:

      That’s true. When I’m canning I often remember as a girl, helping my mother and grandmother can all day long, with no air conditioning. At least it wasn’t on a wood stove and we didn’t have to carry buckets of water from a stream or pump it outdoors at the well! I’m always so aware of the amount of water it takes. I don’t can all day…ever anymore. And I’ve worked out a routine so I can do it fairly easily while I prepare supper. And thank goodness for pressure canners!

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  4. Laurie Graves says:

    Such delicious bounty!

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  5. terrifortner says:

    Beautiful. My soil this year was not that great and I have not been getting very much from my garden, but it makes my heart soar to see so many others getting beautiful bounties.

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    • carolee says:

      Sometimes we don’t realize how very much crops remove from the soil, but it takes a lot of nutrients to make all those lovely colors and shapes. Start working on your soil now, so you’ll have all of us being envious next year!

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      • terrifortner says:

        We are working on it, and I have accepted that it will take time. Patience has just never been one of my virtues. So I will take what I can get while I can, and keep building up the plans.

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      • carolee says:

        Patience is not one of my strong points either. I’ve found that using lots of compost or manure tea really helps until the soil is where I want it to be, and mulching saves a lot of work and keeps the plants happier with cooler roots, especially in this heat.

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  6. Beautiful I love it!! 🙂

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