Monday, August 8, 2016

Harvest Monday - The First Cuke & First Tomato Harvest

It is always fun when you get to harvest something for the first time. This past week I harvested the very first of my "Lemon" cucumbers, weighting 2.0 oz. A co-worker, who is a big fan of this variety, helped give me some guidelines to look for when this cuke reaches maturity. While they aren't the prettiest cucumbers on the planet, she proclaimed mine as delicious! Now I just want my 5 plants to set some more fruit. They got off to a great start, but have only set one new cuke in the past few weeks. I hit the plants with some organic liquid fertilizer this past week, so maybe that will help get them going once again.

The wild blackberries continue to ripen and the pace is increasing each week. This week I picked 4 lbs .8 oz and could have harvested double that. I need to get busy canning some jam. Until then, the harvest is destined to land on a bowl of vanilla ice cream each evening.

I am also excited to report I harvested my very first tomatoes of the year yesterday. Not surprisingly, it is a cherry variety; "Galina". I harvested 21 of them, with a total weight of 5.4 oz.

Yesterday I also harvested my row of "Music" garlic. The bulbs look great. They are heavy and big, which is kind of amazing, as late as I planted them. They will sit on my makeshift drying rack for a week before they get cleaned and weighed. I am quite sure they will come in with an average weight much heavier then my "Chesnook Red".


Dave @ HappyAcres said...

The blackberries on ice cream sound yummy! I've never grown the lemon cucumbers, though I know they are popular with some folks. I hope yours get to producing for you soon.

Susie said...

Hmm, I'm growing "apple" cukes for the first time, and though I only have one, realize I don't know when it is ready to harvest!

Such perfect berries!

Kim said...

I really like those lemon cucumbers. You could actually see them in the vines. Do they taste different?

Margaret said...

Hurray for the first tomato & cucumber! I'm actually a bit surprised as I thought you would have been harvesting for a while now as your season starts so much earlier than ours.

Phuong said...

Your garlic is impressively huge. And wild blackberries are fantastic, right up there with huckleberries. Which just makes me think about huckleberry pancakes. Hmm, so good.

I never found lemon cucumbers to be very prolific, but cucumbers in general seem be sensitive to weather and insect pressures.