Harvest Monday: A lone cucumber

salsa, tomato sauce, and pickled beets, jalapenos, beans and cukes, fill the pantry; applesauce to come.

I was surprised on Friday to see a lone cucumber hanging from the cucumber vine, but not so surprised that I didn’t pick it.  This week the harvest continues, but at a much slower pace.   In the basket this week were 4.25 lbs. of tomatoes, an 8 oz. cuke, a small 2 oz. red onion, 6 oz. of sweet peppers, 4 oz. zucchini, 8 oz. of chard, and 13.5 oz. of broccoli.  It was a nicely varied harvest, and there is more to come, with kale awaiting some frosty weather, some beets very slowly sizing up, greens getting a nice watering this weekend, and peppers ripening in the hoophouse.

This weeks’ harvest amounted to 6.84 lbs., bringing my yearly total to 381.21 lbs. valued at $1129.96.  My expenses remained the same at $383.06, bringing the total value of my harvests to $746.90.

This is a far cry from the 641 lbs. I grew last year valued at over $1,200, but I feel like in general we grew the right amounts of fresh seasonal produce to meet our fresh eating needs, and for the most part enough produce for canning and freezing.  Where we will notice the difference will be in storage veggies and leeks — my leeks are still pretty small.  I hope to do a bit more analysis of the two seasons in a future post, and this analysis will also help me make the decisions about what we plant for next years’ unattended garden.

This post is part of Daphne’s Harvest Monday series on her blog Daphne’s Dandelions, where I am inspired by a terrific community of gardeners and gardens worldwide passionately growing their own food .

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5 Responses to “Harvest Monday: A lone cucumber”

  1. Robin Says:

    Everyone’s totals were definitely down this year. But, your garden has done very well. It’s going to be hard figuring out your garden for next year.

  2. GrafixMuse Says:

    What a feeling of satisfaction to have your shelves filled with preserved garden bounty. It is amazing how different it can be from one year to the next.

  3. kitsapfg Says:

    It’s always a gratifying experience to see the pantry shelves full of items preserved from the summer bounty. My freezer is full and the recent canning efforts are starting to fill up the pantry as well. I have applesauce to make this coming weekend, which will fill up the pantry a bit further.

    Our harvest is down considerably from prior years and it can be directly attributed to our cooler than normal summer. The staples of potatoes, winter squash, and other squash family plants just did not do as well in this weather year. Unfortunately, we are forecasted to have a similar year next year (La Nina again). I intend to do some preemptive actions to improve my odds for the coming season – the most important of which will be to grow the squash under a grow tunnel during the early part of the season to give them more warmth.

  4. Julie Says:

    Such a rewarding feeling when one’s pantry is filled with one’s bounty. No rewarding feeling for me this year Ali, there’s always next year, the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise! (As my late grandmother would say)

  5. Leigh Says:

    Ali, you pantry shelves are gorgeous! And in addition to your savings, the quality and beauty of your food is vastly superior to what you can buy. Priceless!

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