Harvest Monday: 9/24/2012 Summer Produce


Unbelievable summer weather continues, I know it’s all going to end when that one cloudy grey day arrives but till them I am enjoying every minute of it.

Here’s what weekly harvest looks like –

2 bunches of Chuka

Early girl and cherry tomatoes along with green/wax beans

Yellow/purple carrots, first zucchini and regular picking of beans and tomato


My attempt at Tomato-Basil-Mozzarella, not a most appetizing photo but it was indeed very tasty.


Harvest Summary for week
Green Sorrel – 2 bunches
Green/wax Beans – 26
Early Girl/Cherry Tomatoes – 15
Zucchini – 1
Colored Carrots – 4
basil –  big bunch

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Week so far… Picking, harvesting a lot

Summer is gone fast, there’s chill in the air – we are falling into fall/winter slowly. That translates into more harvests and picking many last of the garden goodies.

So far this week, We have been harvesting  a lot – squash, cherry tomatoes (sweet 100 variety), Jalapeno, green beans, shelling peas, cucumbers, fenugreek and dill. Here are some photos….

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(above) – Methi (Fenugreek)

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(above) – Methi and Shepu (Fenugreek and Dill), both used as greens

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(Above) in colander: Chard ‘bright lights’. in plate 1:  sweet 100 tomatoes, green and wax beans. in plate 2: Agatha tomatoes, 1 black krim, peas, cucumbers and yellow squash.
(Photo captured with phone)

Summer Harvest

I am back from vacation and garden was filling with goodies, was able to pick up good produce. I really didn’t picture everything that I harvested but here are few shots. Summer is busier with kids staying home, vacations, activities, hikes and much more, I am finding very little time to spend in garden. Really this is the time to relax and enjoy the hard-work we have put in garden over last few months.


Here are few pictures of harvests over last week. I was able to harvest Green and Wax Beans, 1 big Zuchini, Blueberries (last of the season), Lots of Radish, Chard, lettuce and Chives.

Harvested fall planted fenugreek

 Harvested last of the zucchini, few snap peas and loads of fenugreek planted on 5th Sep here. I wasn’t sure if fenugreek will grow in cool weather, it did.  I am going to sow some more seeds in container today, let’s see if they give me yield before frost hits 🙂

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End of Summer

Yesterday marked official end of summer. In US, summer ends on September equinox on around Sept 22nd.

The September Equinox

On the equinox, the sun rises directly in the east and sets directly in the west. This is true for both the fall and spring equinoxes. So on two days of the year you can find the exact cardinal directions of East and West by using the sun. The ancients did this when they set up their calendars at Stonehenge and the Mayan pyramid, among others.

Read more: http://solar-system-astronomy.suite101.com/article.cfm/first_day_of_fall#ixzz0RksoSUQ6

Do we have equal length day and night here in northwest? let’s look at local weather station data:

Sunrise: 6:55am
Sunset: 7:08pm

okay, so days are longer by about 13 minutes than nights, not quite equal. we’ll have equal days and nights on Sept 26th. Did bing on sunrise and sunset data and found this interesting site. http://www.sunrisesunset.com/calendar.asp?comb_city_info=Seattle,%20Washington;122.3;47.6;-8;1&month=9&year=2009&time_type=0

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So what summer veggies are growing in my garden on this last day of summer?

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Zucchini, bell peppers, muncher cucumber and loose leaf lettuce

August Update: sowing, growing and harvesting

There’s slight chill in morning air, sun is rising later, fallen leaves are accumulating faster and yes, August is almost over. Foggy morning for last 2-3 days is calling out for ‘fall’ season. Summer garden is at the fullest right now, yielding bountiful vegetables. It will all be over in another 2-3 weeks and I want to enjoy each single day that’s remaining in this summer.

Here is gardening update for month of August

What’s Harvested: 4-5 Zucchinis, Lettuce, 20-30 cherry belle radish, handful of peas, spinach, cilantro, blueberries, beets with greens, herbs (chives, oregano, mint, rosemary) and loads of fenugreek

What’s Growing: ‘Muncher’ cucumbers, mystery squash, butternut squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bell peppers, carrots, radish, fenugreek, dill, beets, lettuce and peas

What’s sown: beets, bokchoy, more radish, rainbow chard, turnip, fenugreek and spinach

 

Aug harvest

This is what I harvested yesterday: Lettuce, radishes, 4-5 zucchini (not pictured), handful of snow peas(not pictured) and yes, fenugreek.

As the old leaves are giving way to new life in form of fall garden, I feel lucky and obliged to this wonderful nature, water and sun.

What’s for dinner – Zucchini Stew with Roti

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We have been getting lots of zucchinis lately, I have about 5 plants that I started from seed back in June. 3 of them are busy producing fruits, I get about 3-4 zukes per week. I have been busy finding recipes to use them in meal, here’s what I made today for dinner.

 

Zucchini Stew with Roti

1 teaspoon Oil, few Mustard seeds, pinch of turmeric
2-3 Zucchini
2 small Potatoes
2 Green chilies
pinch of Curry Powder
salt to taste
pinch of jaggery/molasses or sugar

Heat oil, add mustard seeds and turmeric. Once mustard seeds sizzle, add chopped potatoes, zucchini and 3 or 3 cups of water.
Green chilies, curry powder, salt and jaggery goes into that. cook for 8-10 minutes.
You can serve with homemade Roti. (Frozen Roti can be bought from Indian grocery stores).

Enjoy!