Monday, September 17, 2018

Harvest Monday - 17 September 2018

Here's another Harvest Monday report from Eight Gate Farm. We started the week with an overflowing heap of tomatoes on the kitchen island.

So the hard working Kitchen Goddess canned 16 pints of crushed tomatoes.

For "first harvests" this week, I picked all the McIntosh apples from the old tree. Most are misshapen, and the squirrels ruined a lot of the others. I've reached the conclusion that I'll never have "marketable" apples without heavy spraying, something I will not do. But they have that McIntosh crispness and sweet-tart flavor I like so much, so I'll put up with the appearance.

Another first harvest was "Summercrisp" lettuce.

L: Nevada, R: Mottistone
Not really a true first, as I had a spring batch, but this is the first (and only) picking of summer-planted Tatsoi.

I finally picked all the remaining spring-planted turnips. These were too big to qualify as "saladette," so TKG cubed, boiled, and mashed them for the freezer.

The raspberries are just booming. Here's one picking of around a pound, and we had another like it plus several smaller pickings.

The black beans were dry enough for storage, so I weighed the entire harvest this year; pretty close to 3 pounds. This is another bean I won't need to plant next year.

Midnight Black Turtle beans
The tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, and zucchini are still producing, but the tomatoes are really slowing down rapidly. This is due to the terrible Early Blight, and the natural characteristics of determinate tomatoes. I'm gradually pulling out the dead or nearly-dead vines, and I must remember to sterilize the cages they were grown in. I'm thinking either rubbing them with a bleach solution or spraying with alcohol. Any thoughts on what would be most effective?

By week's end, TKG had enough cucumbers to can 5 pints of dill spears.

Last week I showed a picture of a Monarch butterfly chrysalis that was on one of the garden hoses. I noticed this week it had somehow detached itself and was laying on the ground. That's not good! So we brought it inside and taped it to a stick over a cardboard box. Within a few days it had emerged and was clinging to the stick, so we took it back outside. It wasn't long before it flew off.

Sigh...they grow up so fast! That's all for this week. Thanks for reading, and thanks as always to Dave at for hosting Harvest Monday.


  1. Your dried bean harvests are amazing! I know how many pods it takes to make that many beans. We gave up on peaches here because even after I sprayed we still lost them to brown rot. I bet your apples make for much happy eating!

  2. Thanks Dave. Yes, it takes a ton of pods for sure. And we do enjoy the apples, ugly as they are.

  3. A pound of raspberries! I pay a small fortune for organic raspberries. I sure wish I could grow them but it's not worth the battles with the critters.

    Congratulations on your successful butterfly emergence. Perhaps its great-great-grandchild will find it's way to your garden next year. How cool!

  4. Good for you sticking to a no spray fruit tree! It's tough I know. And so many other great things coming out of your garden. Mine is down to mostly just tomatoes and peppers. Zucchini was such a bust for me. It's been so hot and humid I just couldn't keep the powdery mildew under control! Great looking harvest!

  5. Envious of your raspberries as ours have been awful this year in the hot dry weather. And good news on the butterfly front... they need all the help they can get