We picked two ripe cantaloupes yesterday. I'm still amazed that they produced anything at all since they were planted in a shaded part of the garden. First one was a good size, but the other one is just a bit bigger than a tennis ball.
This is a joint harvest - part of it came from the community garden - all large red and orange tomatoes are from there, eggplants and the front row of the butternut squash are from that garden. Black, green and bi-color tomatoes are from my new garden. All tomatoes including cherry types going back tomorrow to be delivered to the food pantry, but squash and eggplants remain here as they can't divide them evenly between people who need food - there's simply not enough for everyone so I get to keep them. On the far left side you can see previous harvest of butternuts that were already measured - 7 of them and some acorns next to them. They were not counted in today's harvest. Not visible in the main picture are leaks that are just outside the shot in the sink. And we have our first watermelon! I haven't cut it yet but do hope it is fully ripe. There were 2 others but they got split from the last rain storm.
Maybe one day I'll get my patio containers to keep the produce that grows in them, but definitely not this year - this is one of the 3 babies that were born this spring and added to the groundhog family.
Another week's worth of harvest - some left over tomatoes, with sauce and cherry variety still going strong in quantity while most of my large varieties have died off completely; zucchini peppers, some left over onions, couple of cabbages, green beans, baby beets and carrots that were pulled to clear the bed for the fall planting, and one tiny cantaloupe that was very fragrant and very tasty so I can't wait to see how other larger once turn out.
We have new freezer for the house! It's one of the smallest we could find in the store - 12 cf. I'm super excited, because now I can stash away more of my own produce instead of giving it all away. Our fridge with a side freezer was overstuffed, so I moved some of the frozen beans, carrots, squash and peas into the new one today.
I had a bit more cherry tomatoes than we could eat or my coworkers could eat, so I tried dehydrating them. First couple of trays were Black Cherry - very tasty tomatoes that will be planted again next year.
And then couple more trays were Yellow Pear - also tasty. All sliced in half and dried for about 12 hours and then put into the fridge. They should keep a long time.
First it starts with plants turning yellow leafs even though there's plenty of water been given to the garden. Within couple of days it turns full brown and the plant is essentially dead..