Welcome to another Harvest Monday update from Eight Gate Farm. Harvest Monday, graciously sponsored by Daphne's Dandelions, is a show-and-tell for grownups!
The "Yellow Fin" golden zucchini continues to provide us with lots of beautiful and very tasty fruit.
We got our first "Sugar Plum" grape tomato. It's quite a flavor contrast to the Taxis we've been getting, which are sweet and mild but still full of flavor. Sugar Plum has a lot more bite. This one never left the garden.
A mid-week basket of goodness. That makes eight artichokes for the season so far.
A Friday picking:
Yes, that's our first sweet corn! The variety is "Espresso." Here it is ready for the boil:
It's the first of four succession plantings--two of Espresso, and two of Honey Select. The first of the latter is just starting to silk. The Espresso suffered from earwig damage to the silks, which prevents them from fully filling-out. I've tried diatomaceous earth (sold as "Crawling Insect Killer") to control the bugs. It was too late for the first planting, but the second looks like it might have worked. But literally I coated the leaf stalks with the white powder. For the Honey Select, I'm using spinosad out of desperation, as I can't afford to take chances with that delicious prolific corn (many stalks have "twosies"; the Espresso only single ears). The first Espresso was a mixed bag--some were very sweet, others not so. Telling when corn is ripe (or gone past) is very difficult for me. And all of it is precious.
The soup peas are now all dried and shelled. I got over 18 oz. (~510 g.), or a little less than a quart volumetrically. It's not a lot, but I'm happy for it, as I love split-pea soup.
I weeded the carrot bed on Saturday, and realized I'd neglected to thin it for the last time. The result: a harvest of true baby carrots.
And then, Sunday's harvest:
Several "firsts" in this group. There are four "Maule's Red Hot" cayenne peppers (free seed packet from Totally Tomatoes), a Sweet Chocolate pepper at the top left, and a Roma tomato that had fallen from the vine. So far, there's just not enough tomatoes, peppers, or cucumbers to do anything but enjoy fresh. I hope that changes soon.
Lastly, this cute guy was spotted hanging on the side of the house.
It's a "Walking Stick." I think they aren't uncommon, but I've only ever seen a couple of them. It's always fun to see one.
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