Welcome to another weekly harvest update. Fall is in the air and the nights are getting cooler. The garden is winding down but not before giving up its final offerings.
The abundant apple harvest continues. We enjoyed a delicious apple pie this week. I have canned several cases of applesauce and jelly so far. This week, I am focusing on filling the freezer with sliced apples for baking over winter. The peelings and cores are used to make apple juice. It is a very sweet apple juice and doesn’t need any sugar.
I made several batches of canned tomato sauce and harvested about another 75 pounds of tomatoes to work through this week. There are still a lot of ripening tomatoes on the vines.
After harvesting enough string beans for a final canner load, I have deemed the pole beans finished for the season. The remaining pods will be allowed to mature for seeds. The bush beans will be ready for fresh harvests in about a week. I expect they will produce for several weeks until frost. I have to remember to plant bush beans in fall rather than spring. The Japanese beetles are almost all gone this time of the year.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the zucchini plants have recovered enough from the early deer damage to produce again. I hope to get a few more in the next few weeks:
The fall raspberries are abundant and we are eating our fill and picking enough to freeze too:
Potatoes and carrots are harvested as needed for meals. Although, I am disappointed to discover that something has been eating them from underneath the ground. I am considering pulling and canning the carrots this week. The big potato dig needs to happen soon as well or there may not be many tubers left for winter storage:
I hope to step away from the kitchen and get out to the garden this week to begin the garden cleanup and collect some seeds. I also need to decide where to plant the fall garlic.
That is all for harvests this week. See what others are gathering from their gardens at Daphne’s Dandelions.
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