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Monday, July 30, 2012

Week's Harvest, Blackberry question & Littles


Another week has flew by and I was able to harvest a little more than last week.  On Monday I picked a zuchini, cucumber, one early girl tomato and three cherry tomatoes.


This was Tuesday's harvest.  That is one sad looking pepper and that is the best one! lol  Better luck next year!



Wednesday's harvest was not too bad.  Dug up the last of the cabbage and it was tiny but still tasted good, one cucumber, one cherry tomato and six others. 


Thursday was kind of slim picking. Few blackberries, one cherry and one regular tomato and the yellow squash in the following picture.  Missed that one the first time around!


Picked on Thursday also.


Chopped up the previously picked little cabbage and pulled a carrot to add to it.  We are going to miss the cabbages now.


Friday was one cucumber, a couple lettuce leaves I thought might still be okay and a few tomatoes.


A lot of my blackberries are starting to look like this! Ugly!  I think the light part then turns to seeds.  Does anyone know why and what I should do about it?


Saturday had a couple cherry tomatoes, one cucumber and some blackberries.


Sunday picked the biggest tomato yet!!! Also some cherry tomatoes and a couple yellow squash.  Then wait till the next picture..........



POTATOES!  My first time growing them.  This is two plants and I had already snitched a few from one of the plants previously.  Not a great harvest but our soil is hard clay so it is exciting to get a few and more plants to be dug! The black spots on them is dirt.


The "Littles" came to visit us yesterday! Hope you all had a great harvest week!








22 comments:

Susan Zentmyer said...

Fun harvest! We planted our first blackberries this year and am looking forward to getting a bowl full.

Shawn Ann said...

My raspberries do that too. I don't know what causes it but I wonder. How fun to have the little ones around!

Liz said...

Good harvest. I'm not sure about the white bits on the blackberries, virus perhaps? Have you tried growing your potatoes in sacks or old bins? I have grown mine on the plot this year but I used to grow them at home in old kitchen bins, just drill holes in the bottom. Some people use their old compost bags too. You can also do this to grow new potatoes for christmas (keep in a frost free place).

Sue said...

Wish I could help you on the blackberries, but I don't know.
Your harvests looks good--especially the potatoes. I dug the first of mine today and made soup. Delicious!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Sue, Good luck on getting some blackberries! We love our red raspberrys but not the blackberries so much. Enjoy yours. Thanks for taking time to visit! Come again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Shawn Ann, If you find out what makes our blackberries that way, please let me know. Good luck on yours. Thanks for visiting. Come again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Liz, Have never grown potatoes in sacks or bins. First year trying to grow them. What kind of bins do you mean from the kitchen that you used? Then when you harvest do you dump the soil from the bins in your compost pile? Thanks for visiting and the info. Come again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Sue, Hmmmmm. Potato soup! Sounds so good. I will have to make some up too. Thanks for visiting! Come again. Nancy

nutmeg gardener said...

Your harvests look nice to me! I'm no help with the blackberries, our bushes aren't producing yet. I love your new blog photo with the "Littles", they are beautiful!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Thanks nutmeg gardener! Our "littles" make our life interesting!!! Hope your blackberries do well for you. Thanks for visiting. Come again! Nancy

growitathome said...

Potatoes!!! Yippee!! You lucky gal. I have tried potatoes and haven't had luck. I am trying again next year. I got some great advice from Granny at Annies Kitchen Garden. Her advice is aways so good. I am looking forward to next year already.

Can't help with the Blackberries either. Wish I could. I never had that on mine. I googled it for you and found the following forum. Hopefully it helps.

http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fruit/msg0509432322861.html

Joelle
Grow it at Home

Stoney Acres said...

A great looking harvest this week. Our raspberries do the same thing. If I remember correctly from my the berry growing class I took the white stuff is caused by sun burn and there isn't much you can do about it. But I will have to look it up for you when I get a chance.

kitsapFG said...

I get an occassional raspberry that does that. Usually is just a few out of the masses of fruit - so I never worried about it or dug into why it occurs. I just feed those to my hens that are always right at my feet when I am picking berries!

Fun helpers you had visit!

Cheryl said...

We have had that happen with our raspberries. I end up using those ones to make jams, etc. I did a bit of research and this is something I found. It sounds like it is probably it.

Elizabeth Wahle, Extension Specialist – Horticulture, Fruits, and Vegetables at the Edwardsville Extension Center, said she has received several calls about blackberry and raspberry fruit problems.

The fruit is usually described as having bleached areas in the fruit or as having hard areas, or areas on the fruit that look dried up. Because of the intense heat and low rainfall recently, all these symptoms are most likely the result of heat damage. The fruit are literally cooking on the plant. Maintaining uniform soil moisture is very important during fruit development in order to help the plant cool itself through evapotranspiration. In addition, overhead sprinklers can be used to cool fruit during hot summer days. This is a common occurrence during the heat of summer, and unfortunately, once the fruit cooks, it can't be uncooked. The fruit is safe to eat, ­just not as palatable.

All your other produce looks so good. We love fresh dug potatoes. Looks like your grandaughters are enjoying the time at your place.

Have a wonderful evening.

~Cheryl

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi growitathome, If you will look at Cheryl's comment today from Holcomb Happenings I think that is what is wrong with my berries. When my health went so did watering my berries! We have had some mighty hot days this year also.Thanks for your information also! Gardeners are always learning! Thanks for visiting! Come again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Stoney Acres, From what others have said I think your right about too much sun for my berries plus I have not kept up to watering them. They sure do look ugly tho when they get that way! Thanks for taking the time to visit. Come again. Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi kitsapFG, From the information I am receiving from others it looks like my berries are suffering from too much sun and not enough water. We have had hotter than usual days this year. You are lucky to just get an occasional one! Hope you will visit again! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Cheryl, Thanks for that good info. I think that hits the nail on the head. We have had hotter than usual weather and I have not watered them like I should have! Live and learn! Glad you could visit! Come again! Nancy

Mary Hysong said...

what a nice harvest and such cute littles!

Kathryn D. Duke said...

my harvest is looking a bit like yours... a little of these and a few of those...

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Thanks Mary Hysong! It is enough to keep me happy and gardening!! Glad you could stop by! Nancy

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Kathryn, Oh, well, let's keep hoping we get a little of these and a few of those with this hot weather we have been having! Thanks for stopping by! Nancy