Well, the past week has been full of tomatoes! 18 to be exact! 17 of those were Yellow Taxis and 1 was a Cherokee Purple...an itty bitty Cherokee Purple. While it was quite a pain to carry all those tomato starts in and out of the house for a couple of weeks in April and May, getting a head start (by starting a couple of seeds at the end of January and the beginning of February) has definitely paid off!
While the tomatoes themselves are pretty small (the biggest one weighed in at a whopping 4 ounces), the taste and texture are divine! So much better than anything you can find at the store, no doubt!
This week also brought more chamomile, a few more strawberries, the first beet greens and a little head of broccoli. I think I waited a day too long to harvest the broccoli as it went a little bitter...but it tasted great once I sauteed it and threw it in an omelette ;-) There are still two broccoli plants waiting to be harvested, then we'll see what they offer in the way of side shoots. The beet greens were given to my brother along with the very last of the kale.
In addition to the last of the kale, we also harvested the last of the regular snap peas. We still have a few tiny dwarf sugar snap peas struggling through the heat under a tree in the front yard, but I pulled the majority of the plants last weekend since the heat has begun turning the peas tough. In their place went some sunflowers, lemon cucumbers, soybeans and chard. It may be a little late for direct sowing, but I figured it was worth a shot and it's too early for fall crops. My fingers are crossed for a little productivity ;-)
Last, but not least, are the final cherries of the year. This was the first year our cherry tree produced anything, but the birds got to most of it before we could. This picture is of the final 5 cherries...beautiful and oh so tasty. The total below is my best guess at what we've harvested. These 5 cherries weighed in at 2 ounces and I'm guessing we have gotten about 20 cherries in total over the past couple of weeks, (not weighed, but instead, eaten immediately), hence the 8 ounces below. Next year we will put bird netting over the tree and hope for the best. Stinkin' birds.
I didn't get any pictures of the harvested dill, but it was promptly added to some deviled eggs for Father's Day and created quite a stir around the table. Who knew dill would be so exciting when added to some eggs?
Tool Lady finished installing the drip system in the backyard on Sunday and I couldn't be happier. Now we begin the process of playing with the timers and figuring out how often we should water and for how long. I will also be playing with the total cost of the system and figuring out how to add that into our totals for 2012 forward. I hope to have all my totals (harvests and $) updated on my sidebar this week.
This weeks totals:
- Beet Greens = 4 oz
- Broccoli = 7 oz
- Chamomile = not weighed
- Cherries = 2 oz
- Cherry Tomatoes = 8 oz
- Dill = not weighed
- Kale = 4 oz
- Peas = 9 oz
- Strawberries = 5 oz
- Tomatoes = 3 lbs
- Eggs = 28 eggs
Hope everyone has a magnificent day!
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