Community Garden Bounty

You may remember when I posted pictures of the hailstorm triage from my community garden plot back at the end of May. I think I can safely say that our garden plot has successfully recovered…maybe a little too well!

Just for reference, our plot is 10 x 20 (200 sq. ft), so twice the size of what our “Family of 4” garden was up until this year. However, it isn’t a raised bed, so we do lose some space to walking paths.

Yesterday alone, we harvested 3.6 lbs of peppers – white ‘Gypsy’, ‘Big Bertha’ bells, and green Anaheims. Yikes! It seems a bit ridiculous.

We planted mostly roma tomatoes this year, hoping to make some different tomato sauces. We are mostly harvesting them, letting them ripen fully on the counter, and then throwing them in the freezer until we are ready to do something with them. The last week to week and a half of tomatoes totals 9.5 lbs. We already have about the same amount in the freezer, and there are still plenty of green tomatoes out there.

You may recall that our poor cucumbers took the brunt of the hail damage. Well, they definitely recovered just fine! Yesterday we picked 15 lbs of cucumbers (granted, a few of them were quite large), in addition to the 6+ pounds we already had in the refrigerator.

Friends don’t let friends plant more than 2 or 3 cucumber plants…

I foresee lots of pickle-making in our future…

If you have lots of cucumbers as well and don’t want to make pickles, be sure to check out some of the cucumber recipes from 2010 and 2011 Lunch in the Garden at the tab above: There are recipes listed under both Cucumbers and Oriental Cucumbers. (If you have lots of cucumbers, you should definitely try out the Cucumber Noodles!) Enjoy!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on July 23, 2012, in Around the Garden, Harvesting & Eating and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’ll be home soon, and join in the pickling!

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