Monday, September 4, 2017

Bean and Melon Harvest Time

I can't begin to write about this week's harvest without first mentioning all of the smoke and heat in our area. Like all of the West, we had a very warm August that sparked fires all across Oregon. There are major fires burning in my county and many others in nearby counties. As the winds shift, our air quality drops and more smoke moves in. The picture above was taken at 2:00 PM yesterday. Our air quality dropped from Very Unhealthy to Hazardous in that hour. While it is making gardening and all outdoor activities nearly impossible, my thoughts go out to the firefighters working around the clock and the poor folks who have been displaced or lost their homes. We desperately need some rain.

I did make it outside to work in short one-hour increments this weekend. On Saturday I picked all of the dried pods from my bush "Titus" cannellini beans and shelled them inside. It would guess a little over 1/2 of the pods were fully dried on my three rows, so I think I will be able to match this harvest again in a few weeks.
  • "Titus" Cannellini Bean - ( 3 cups) 1 lbs. 4.6 oz

It wasn't just dry bush beans that were ready for their first harvest of the year. My very late planted "French Emerite" pole filet beans were also ready to pick this week. It wasn't a huge harvest, but I wasn't sure I would get anything this year with such a late sowing date. They also aren't loving this current heat wave, so this might be the largest harvest that I have this year.
  • "French Emerite" Pole Bean - (43) 8.9 oz.

Continuing with my theme of "first of the year" harvests, I picked my first melon last night. I am growing a small patch of "Pride of Wisconsin" melon this year. It is a "new to me" variety. The plants seem to be doing pretty well. My melons do seem to be much smaller than the 4-8 lbs size melons described in all of the catalogs though. But that said, the melons look perfect. This one smelled heavenly when I sliced it open tonight. Taste results will have to wait as it is getting saved for breakfast!

  • "Pride of Wisconsin" Melon - (1) 1 lbs 15.8 oz.

The tomatoes on the other hand are loving the heat. This is my biggest weekly harvest yet.
  • "Ukrainian Purple" - (49) 9 lbs. 7.6 oz.
  • "Wapsipinicon Peach" - (19) 1 lbs. .9 oz
  • "Blush" - (37) 1 lbs. .2 oz.
  • Galina" - (108) 1 lbs. 4.7 oz.

And lastly, I harvested another batch of potatoes from my first grow bag. We had family over for a last minute dinner. It was so nice to go right outside to the Kitchen Garden and harvest a nice bunch of brand new potatoes. It took only a few minutes to clean them off and they were enjoyed simply steamed with a bit of butter. Nothing better!
  • "Dark Red Norland" potatoes - 3 lbs. 6.1 oz.


Dave @ HappyAcres said...

That melon still looks like a respectable size to me. My veggies rarely get as big as the catalog descriptions either. I hope the melon is tasty!

Lea said...

Pride of Wisconsin looks delicious!
Hope you get rain soon

Beth said...

Yummy potatoes!

Phuong said...

That's so scary about the smoke from the fires, it must be unusually dry. Stay safe. Your melon looks lovely, as does your tomatoes and potatoes. I'm planning to try grow bags for potatoes next year, just so we can plant them early enough before the heat sets in.

Kathy said...

Your melon look lush and I am quite jealous tbh, although I don't envy you the smoke and smuts from the fires. I hope they never come close enough to threaten your home

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