Harvest Monday

Daphne over at Daphne’s Dandelions is hosting Harvest Monday.  She invites you to link up at her blog and show off your harvest (big or small).  I’m glad she threw in the small because that’s what I’m getting these days…small amounts of veggies that I gave up on weighing.  I’ll go back and count how many items I picked.  33 cherry tomatoes sure sounds like a lot more than 10.8 ounces of cherry tomatoes. 

So, here’s the harvest over the last few days:

6 cherry tomatoes, 1 squash, 3 lemon cucumbers08-01-09 (4)

17 cherry tomatoes, 3 cucumbers (I got a little hungry)08-02-09

25 cherry tomatoes, 2 lemom cucumbers, 1 Aztec tomato, and 1 (the first) ear of corn08-03-09 (3)

I had to taste test the corn and it’s nice and sweet.  This is from my micro-mini “corn field”…08-03-09 (4)…a whopping 6 square feet.  I assisted Mother Nature with the pollination of the corn, and maybe it paid off.

Corn Pollination 101:  The tassel provides the pollen representing the male part of the plant.  The silks need to be fertilized with the pollen.  Each silk represents a kernel of corn.  The pollen spores float through the air (that’s why block planting is preferable to row planting) from the tassels onto the silks which complete the fertilization process.  For us humans to assist in pollination, we can shake the plant tassels when the silks start emerging so that the pollen can get onto the silks or we can remove a portion of the tassel and rub in onto the silks (which is what I did specifically for the one ear I’ve picked so far.)

The only problem with the corn is that only one ear has shown up per stalk and the stalks in the back are too skinny.  If I do corn next year, I’ll buy seeds (non-genetically modified, non-hybird) and I’ll plant closer to the front of the box so that all the plants get sunshine.

And it’s hard to tell, but on the last face produce picture, the nose is not a cherry tomato.  It’s from the Aztec tomato plant I got from my Master Gardener friend, Gregory, from his trip to Growing Power.  The plant label said the plants were started in JANUARY.  That means this plant is eight months old and just now giving up its first ripe tomato.    It’s an heirloom tomato and I’ve decided to let one of them bush as opposed to growing it to a single stem.  So far, it’s set more tomatoes than the one beefsteak that I planted, but the tomatoes themselves are smaller.  Once it’s fully ripened and I taste it, hopefully I’ll see what all the fuss is about heirloom varieties.

Happy Gardening!!!

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13 Comments

  1. August 4, 2009 at 12:05 am

    I’m loving your veggie art!

    I’m finding heirloom tomatoes, for the most part, are not that fantastic. So far I have two varieties I will grow next year for their flavor, certainly not for their productivity. My old standby “Celebrity” is holding its own against the others.

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 4, 2009 at 7:55 am

      Those cherry tomatoes may be little, but they are sooooo tasty. I’ve got a enough to try oven drying a small batch.

  2. August 4, 2009 at 12:06 am

    And in conclusion, I forgot to check the notify me box. 🙂

  3. Daphne Gould said,

    August 4, 2009 at 6:17 am

    LOL I love the veggie faces. The corn looks good even if it is just one ear. I had to pull all of mine out. The earwigs cut off all the silks, so there was no pollination at all.

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

      I’ve seen more earwigs and sow bugs this year than I ever have. I saw them on the corn too and they ate the silks, but I guess the pollen must have done its thing before the earwigs came along. I don’t see ears on the skinnier stalks that are close to the fence. They probably didn’t get enough sun, but I’ve got a few more promising looking ears.

      Thanks for hosting Harvest Monday!

  4. Dan said,

    August 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Very nice harvests and I think I like the corn face the best, hehe. Looks like the lemon cucumbers are productive, how do they taste? Jan is a really early start for a tomato, I started my early one in Feb this year, lots of pampering for sure.

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 5, 2009 at 9:18 pm

      The faces is a phase I’m going through. It’ll be over sooner or later.

      The lemon cucumbers have a green tint to them. When you cut them open, they look more like limes than lemons. They’re perferfect for a practical joke…somebody thinks they’re biting into a lime only for it to taste like a cucumber. Every time I cut one open I’m amazed. They taset just like regular cucumbers.

      The taste of the Aztec tomato was really disappointing. It tastes mushy and grainy compared to the taste of the cherry tomatoes, which a fully ripe one is heaven on your tongue. Hopefully the other Aztecs will taste better.

  5. engineeredgarden said,

    August 4, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Great presentation, as usual! Man….that corn looks really good…

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 5, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      I got most of the other corn cobs today. The last time I grew corn I know I waited too late to harvest, so I was a little worried about leaving them too long this time. They’re small, but all except for one were as developed as they were going to get (I hope). We had fried corn for breakfast this morning.

      I stuck the seeds in the ground after I saw yours in the scrap parts from the self-watering containers. You are an inspirer.

  6. stefaneener said,

    August 6, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Lovely pictures! I have days where weighing seems silly. Also, there are all those cherry tomatoes that never get into the house at all . . .

    • gardengoodies said,

      August 10, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      I know about those cherry tomatoes. Some mornings breakfast consists of whatever tomatoes and cucumbers are ripe. I’ll still try to take a picture, though, because I’ve totally given up on weighing them.

  7. minervino said,

    May 29, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I have many tomato cultivation now in my garden!

    • gardengoodies said,

      May 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

      You can never have too many.


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