Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Last of the summer harvest and totals for the season

There are still a few stragglers on the datterini and cherokee purple vines, but these are the last of summer's tomatoes. With the weather cooling down I thought it best to start harvesting the half-ripened toms but I'm also happy to get 2 iron caps (5 pounds total) out of the 4 vines planted. All in all, an excellent year in the garden!
The total for the summer harvest is a whopping 58 kilos (128 pounds) which is the best sum yet in comparison to previous years. No mirabelle plums or persimmons this time around and hopefully with a bit of hard work and some luck with the weather, 2016 will produce an even greater harvest.

cherokee purple tomatoes: 35 lbs. 9 oz.
paul robeson tomatoes: 2 lbs. 13 oz.
cucumbers: 11 lbs. 11 oz.
bell peppers: 3 lbs. 7 oz.
datterini: 28 lbs.
eggplant: 14 oz.
wild arugula (rocket): 3 lbs. 4 oz.
zucchini: 24 lbs. 7 oz.
gooseberries: 3 punnets
uva fragola: 3 lbs. 6 oz.
cayenne peppers: 1 lb. 13 oz.
cantaloupe: 2 lbs. 3 oz.
nijisseiki nashi pear: 5 lbs 2 oz.
iron cap pumpkin: 5 lbs.

Monday, September 7, 2015

95 pounds of produce and it still isn't over yet

September harvest 2015

And for that we can thank the excellent, albeit at times unbearably hot, summer weather that we were blessed with this year. By my estimate there's about 15 pounds more of produce out on the tomato plants, bell peppers, and winter squash. The highlight though are the Nijisseiki pears (a total of 5 pounds!) which are small but crisp, juicy, and sweet. Even thhe dogs love 'em (yes I am a generous doggie mama!). It will be sad to see the season go, but fall is around the corner and I can only hope that 2016 will be another great year for our garden here in the italian prealps.

Today's high: 78°F