Thursday, August 15, 2013

Melons On the Way

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The tomato harvest is sadly winding down. I'm already missing my daily tomato snack, but other crops are stepping up to take its place.


Planet F1 peppers.



Minnesota Midget melon plant looking really worn out.


Not sure how much larger this melon will get given the state of the plant. Right now it's the size of a lemon.




Jasper F1 cherry tomato.


I think this plant could survive until frost. Every day more more leaves and flowers appear.


Serenade melons are finally falling off the vine and they are totally worth the wait. Incredibly sweet with firm flesh. Also, the rind is thin so the edible portion of the fruit is maximized.



This melon will fall off the vine very soon.


Japanese Black Trifele tomato.


I finally picked a few at the right time so the flavor was at its best. They were incredibly delicious, I wish I could save the seeds, but the plant was riddled with disease so no go.



Beaver Lodge tomato.


The second wave of fruit is steadily growing larger. I think the plant will produce a few more pounds of tomatoes before frost.


Giant Aconcagua peppers.




On Deck corn and Butterbean soybeans.


Soybeans pods growing thicker. I harvested a few to test for flavor and ripeness. The taste was great, but I should probably give them a few more days to fill out.


I'm not too confident about the remaining corn crop. In the above photo, I'm worried about the top ear of corn . Not a lot of silk has appeared from the tip of the ear so I bet a lot of kernels will be missing from the cob once the husk is removed.


These ears don't look like they've been pollinated at all. I've been shaking the tassels regularly, but I don't see a lot of pollen falling off, it looks like they've run out. I can see why you need a lot of corn plants planted closely together to get a good crop. More tassels means a better rate of pollination.


Cosmonaut Volkov tomato.


August 8-14:

Cherry Tomato (Jasper F1): 2.75 ounces

Melon (Serenade F1): 5 pounds, 15.75 ounces

Soybean (Butterbean): 0.875 ounces

Sweet Pepper (Giant Aconcagua): 4.375 ounces

Sweet Pepper (Planet F1): 7.5 ounces

Tomato (Beaver Lodge): 7.75 ounces

Tomato (Cosmonaut Volkov): 12.25 ounces

Tomato (Japanese Black Trifele): 14.75 ounces

Total Harvest: 9 pounds, 2.0 ounces

Running Weight Total 2013: 36 pounds, 2.625 ounces

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