Despite the continuing intense heat, I’m still harvesting quite a bit. Compared to last year, my pepper harvests are not as big; but I know I’ll be swimming in peppers soon enough (when the heat subsides). This week, I harvested 13 cucumbers, 1 (almost 11 pound) watermelon, 8 pounds of melons (honeydew, cantaloupe, tigger, and rich sweetness), almost 1 pound of lima beans (shelled), 7 pounds of eggplant, almost 2.5 pounds of carrots, a little over 2.5 pounds of peppers, and 9.5 pounds of tomatoes.
Harvests in the baskets are labeled from the top, clockwise.
HARVEST JULY 7:
Although I picked three honeydew melons, one had to be thrown away. When I was washing it off, I saw that it had been invaded by a pickle worm. (I hate those things!) I will say that this honeydew is THE sweetness honeydew I’ve ever tasted! It’s the first homegrown one I’ve ever had, and I might as well say that I’ve never tasted a honeydew melon at all – until I tasted this.
I also harvested my first cantaloupe (though I haven’t tried it yet), along with tomatoes and cucumbers.
HARVEST JULY 9:
It was a tomato and pepper day. (My mystery hot peppers were from seed given to me a couple of years ago. Although I don’t know what they are, they were good enough for me to save the seed and plant them again.)
HARVEST JULY 10:
I saw a handful of ripe lemon drop peppers, so I picked them excitedly. I’ve lost several dozen of these peppers over the past couple weeks; they’re falling off the plants while still green. I’m thinking it’s because of the heat. So, I’m cherishing these babies.
HARVEST JULY 11:
It takes quite a while to harvest these lima beans each time, but they are more than worth it.
HARVEST JULY 12:
I’ll be pickling eggplant in addition to making kosher dill pickles this week.
While harvesting my chili pepper bed, I saw that a branch on one of my cubanelle pepper plants had broken. Although these peppers aren’t fully mature, they’re at least large enough to eat. So, no waste, thankfully.
Nice cucumber and pepper day, too.
HARVEST JULY 13:
I picked my first tigger melons and rich sweetness melon. One of the tigger melons had fallen off the vine, and it was perfectly ripe. I had never tasted one before, and it reminded me of a very sweet cantaloupe. I picked the other two, but they weren’t quite ripe when I tasted one. I haven’t tried the rich sweetness melon yet, so I’m not sure if I picked it too soon or not.
This is my largest white watermelon yet! I had to weigh it on my bathroom scale because it was too big for the food scale.
What have you been harvesting?