On Sunday, I finally got around to harvesting my onions. Back on April 12th, I planted 8 young "Candy" yellow, sweet onion starts and 17 "Cortland" yellow, storage onion starts in the Kitchen Garden. The tops had fallen over, one by one, in the last few weeks and it was past time for them to be dug and stored.
A bunch of freshly dug "Cortland".
After I got them all lifted, I trimmed and cleaned each bulb and set them in trays. My 17 "Cortland" onions weighted 7 lbs. 12.7 oz. The largest bulb was 10.1 oz, the smallest was 5.2 oz., and the average size was 7.34 oz. I grew "Cortland" this year because I wasn't able to buy the "Frontier" starts that I had grown last few years. The "Frontier" averaged one ounce heavier but it is hard to compare the two varieties with so many variables affecting size. I need to grow "Frontier" at least one more year to see if it is a reliable producer for me or not.
My 8 "Candy" onions came in at 3 lbs. 10.2 oz. The largest bulb weighted 9.9 oz., the smallest 4.7 oz., and the average bulb size was 7.28 oz. In comparison, the "Cortland" were ever so slightly bigger than the "Candy". But the "Candy", once again, performed well, in such a dry, hot Spring and Summer.
The tomatoes have started to ripen at a quick pace. Pictured above, a pretty truss of "Matina".
A loaded truss of the yellow cherry "Galina".
A new-to-me variety that I am growing this year is the cherry "Matthew". It is producing small, plum-shaped, orange fruit.
Today's harvest filled a pretty blue mixing bowl with a nice combination of fruit size and color. The harvest consisted of:
- "Mountain Magic" - (4) 3.4 oz
- "Matthew" - (10) 3.5 oz
- "Esterina" - (10) 2.3 oz
- "Galina" - (38) 9.3 oz
- "Matina" - (22) 14.7 oz.
So today's total tomato harvest was 2 lbs. 1.2 oz.
I also picked the first on my peppers this past week. I am going to bring them to work for a pepper-loving co-worker to sample. I am hoping her taste-test will shed some light on the identity of my purple, mystery pepper. I don't know what it is but I most certainly know it is not a "Padron" plant as it was labeled. So, my pepper harvest this week was:
- "Gypsy" - (1) 3.3 oz
- "Mystery Plant" - (1) .4 oz.