The summer squash plant hit a new peak this week, over 8 pounds of squash. I grated up a good bit of it and put two cup portions into freezer bags. I don't have the equipement to blanch/steam the grated squash so I'll probably need to use it in the next few months. As if I didn't have enough squash someone left two yellow crooknecks on my front porch. You'd think they could leave a calling card so I can return the favor. Squash dumpers!
Also lots more beans. Roma II, Provider and Fortex left to right in the picture. The Tribute strawberries I planted this spring are bearing enough to provide a nice snack a few times a week, and they are delicious. I didn't expect much the first year so this is a nice bonus.
More beans, squash and a few carrots. Nearly 6 pounds of beans were picked:
Tomatoes early in the week:
With the tomatoes picked earlier I had the makings for a batch of salsa. I canned 7 pints with an additional pint for the refrigerator. I've got to say, canning salsa is a LOT of work - deskinning tomatoes, blending, fine chopping onions, peppers, parsley, cilantro (and somewhat painful when dicing the Serranos) then the final boil in the jars. It helps to have a very sharp knife.
And of course the potatoes, shown in the previous post - 27 and 1/2 pounds. Combined with the Irish Cobblers dug up last week I got nearly 40 pounds of potatoes this year, not quite as much as last year.
All in all a good week, 54 pounds out of the garden, and 193 pounds for the year so far. To see what other people are growing head on over to http://daphnesdandelions.blogspot.com/
That looks like a lovely harvest. When I used to make salsa I sometimes wore gloves so I wouldn't have the serrano problem. If I didn't I would always rub my eyes after I was done and thought I'd washed my hands well enough, but of course I didn't get all that heat off and ouch.
What you say about canning is so true. This is why we tend to eat all our produce fresh - and indirectly the reason why I grow small quantities of lots of different veg. Beans freeze well though, and are easy to prepare.
I love that you are getting okra in. I have never grown Silver Queen. It sure is pretty. I have found that Stewart's Zeebest works nicely in my garden, so I just stopped buying new varieties.
Funny that someone would sneak the squash onto your porch. I guess you can be glad they only left 2 squash, instead of a bag full. I had a friend that got so much squash one year that he would walk down the street in his town. If someone didn't lock the door to their car, he would deposit a bag of squash into the passenger seat. He called it "drive by squashing!" :)
I wish they would have done that on my porch. I don't have any luck with squashes, because of SVB's.
Those are some very nice harvests! Especially love the peppers & gorgeous potatoes...I really want to expand my hot pepper varieties next year. This year I only grew one variety which is nowhere near enough.
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