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Monday, July 23, 2012

Harvest Monday - July 23, 2012

It was a good week:  green beans, peppers, cukes, a volunteer leek, some fennel, a handful of cherry tomatoes and corn.  But the pick of the week MUST be sweet corn - the highlight of the summer. Sweet corn ranks high on the summer harvest anticipation chart. It's up there with heirloom tomatoes and watermelon. This year, through the recommendation of fellow-bloggers and a couple facebook friends, Spring Treat is the variety of choice and it definitely did not fail. The kernels are crispy, sweet and not a worm/disease in sight. Excellent variety and one I'll stick with for a few years. With the dry weather we've been experiencing over the past month, I was skeptical on how the ears would develop. Luckily, my every-other-day watering came through and the ears were full of plump kernels. Only two ears had slightly scattered kernels and uneven rows. I'll take it! This first picking is small and will only be about two dozen ears total, but the 2nd and 3rd plantings will be much larger -- as much as 7 dozen each. The plan is to freeze a bunch of it. Hubby and I both made pigs of ourselves -- we LOVE sweet corn.    Daphne's Dandelions hosts Harvest Monday - thank you Daphne. Click here to see and read about 50-60 fellow Monday-harvesters. Fun to read.  And here's my harvest tally for the week:

Celery:  1/2 pound
Sweet Corn!:  3 pounds (7 ears)
Cucumbers:  8 pounds
Fennel: 1/2 pound
Mixed Greens: 1/4 pound (finished)
Leek: 1/4 pound
Green Beans: 3/4 pound
Onions:  1 - 1/4 pounds
Peppers: 3/4 pound
Potatoes: 3 1/2 pounds
Spinach: 1/2 pound
Tomatoes: 3/4 pound

Total vegetables:  20 pounds

Kentucky Wonder pole beans

From left to right: banana pepper, corno di toro rossi, nardello, and jalepeno peppers.

Spring Treat sweet corn. 

8 comments:

Ivynettle said...

Great-looking harvests -that corn looks perfect! (I miss growing corn... *sigh* But saving up for a "real" garden, one home-grown dinner at a time.)

Susan Zentmyer said...

Fantastic peppers - and oh that corn! Ours is still a bit off, but I am sure looking forward to it.

kitsapFG said...

There really is no substitute for garden fresh sweet corn. Your ears look really nicely formed and sounds like it was good eating quality too.

Love the banner pic on your blog page of the onion harvest drying down.

Bee Girl said...

Oooohhh...sweet corn!!! Congratulations! I love, love, love sweet corn and am anxiously awaiting harvest time (our ears are just beginning to fill out)!

Bee Girl said...

Oooohhh...sweet corn!!! Congratulations! I love, love, love sweet corn and am anxiously awaiting harvest time (our ears are just beginning to fill out)!

Stoney Acres said...

Great looking harvest, love the sweet corn!!

Andrea said...

Lovely harvest, Fresh Corn is the Best (asparagus comes in 2nd)and great to have enough to freeze too.

Mary Hysong said...

what a great harvest! nothing beats sweet corn right off the plant; some days I eat it raw!