July closes out with another big cucumber harvest. The four Calypso plants are actually ramping up production. It's getting hard to keep up. Last week began slowly, with two cucumbers and the first Alma paprika. When this pepper was set in the ground I thought it was a more typical cone-shaped paprika, just like the picture on the tag. Nope, it's an Alma, which hasn't done that well here in the past. This is the second time I've bought a paprika seedling from the greenhouse and it's turned out to be an Alma (you'd think I would learn). This one had a lot of blemishes on it.
Midweek a really good harvest - Fortex and Marengo Romano beans, Calypso cucumbers, Millionaire and Silver Queen okra, Genovese summer squash and the first Super San Marzano sauce tomato. I made a vegetable stir-fry with the squash, okra, tomato, basil and an eggplant picked earlier. I'm impressed with these tomatoes, large for a sauce tomato and very thick-walled with small seed cavity. The pole Romano's are incredibly productive. They nearly double the output of Fortex, although I like the Fortex a little more.
Then on Friday it was a cucumber jackpot, one Diva and many Calypso's. The Calypso cuke in the foreground got by me and should have been picked earlier, and is not included in the harvest tally. They get huge. This one was too advanced for pickling and was a treat for the rabbits.
The very next day more cucumbers were ripe for picking. I made more refrigerator pickles and canned 7 pints of pickles. The first batch of canned pickles was surprisingly crunchy, not as crunchy as refrigerator pickles but still nice. There will be another picking of cucumbers today. Help! I'm setting up a camp stove on the deck so they can be canned outdoors. Too much of a good thing?
There were also more beans that weren't photographed. The Tribute strawberries have resumed production of decent sized berries, although I'm only getting about half of them.
All in all, a decent week. Three and a half pounds of snap beans, over eight pounds of cucumbers and a pound of strawberries. The garden's output just passed 100 pounds, with the most productive month just ahead. To see what other people are getting from their plots, go to http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com/
Here's the totals for the year so far.