Mid-summer Harvest

Here is what we picked from the garden today:

We got about a dozen each picklers, fresh-eating cukes and corn, and finally my first tomato (a super beefsteak).

The cukes have been an overwhelming success in the hugel bed. The only problem has been when we don’t see one and pick it in time, it grows into a MASSIVE cucumber!

I have done several batches of pickles now: Bread & Butter and Dill.  This afternoon I took the batch of picklers and canned another 5 pints of dill.

12 little cukes made me 5 pints of pickles.

Today is our first day harvesting sweet corn. For the most part it had done okay. These are from the plot on steroids. The corn is sort of smallish though.

The only issue was 5 of the 12 had a single caterpillar resident at the top of the ear that had eaten a few rows. I had to cut about an inch off of these pieces. Not a bad price to pay for non-GMO, no pesticide, no fungicide, no herbicide corn!

There was one anomaly. I don’t know what caused this. I assume it was a fertilization problem:

Somebody needs braces…

In other garden news, I got my first tomato today. It is late, but I lost the first round to blossom end rot. The bushes are heavy and full with tons that just need to ripen so I am soon anticipating yumminess!

Romas and Oregon Spring


Our bush beans were producing like crazy and then came to a complete halt. They are covered again in blossoms so hoping for more soon.

Last week I harvested the shallots. This was a first time for me on these also. You plant one shallot and get 4 or 5 back! Here are some of them. They aren’t very photogenic. But the monster looking thing in front is the bunch of 5 still attached. Then I separate them and put them on the rack to dry. They have been delicious to cook with.

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6 Responses to Mid-summer Harvest

  1. Trish says:

    Great job! Everything looks marvelous! I understand that each strand of silk goes to a kernel to pollinate. So if it was somehow not available for the pollen, the kernels are duds.

  2. glorylennon says:

    What a haul! That’s super great. Yes, it was uneven pollination for your mishap corn, but you have some wonderful, full ears. Can’t complain too much.

  3. This is EXCELLENT, Julie! The stuff looks fabulous ! Up at the top end of the cob in situ, the ‘insect/catapillar/slug/ bug’ ate the end off of the available silk tassel strands early in the development, preventing the pollination at a critical time…hence the toothless corncob. Great stuff! We ate our first cucumber today, the first tomato is almost ripe….

  4. Lisa says:

    Looks great! And if you have any extra shallots or cuc’s you can’t use, I’ll buy them from ya! You’re not just a farmer now, but a chef cuz you gotta figure out what to do with all this stuff!

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