Our Harvest Continues

Sunday night the hubby and I were in our garden again, checking our green beans and tomatoes, the corn, and the brussel sprouts.  Bad news, the green beans are done.  The Mexican bean beetle really did a number on the leaves and they’re not maturing any more.  So sad…

However, our tomatoes have been prolific!  Look at these beauties.  I brought a big colander with me to the garden and filled it up.  It appears we have much more than enough to make tomato sauce this week!  We got all this, and that’s after making salsa with lots of our tomatoes last week.

A bounty of tomatoes!

A bounty of tomatoes!

Once again, we weren’t bothered by the tomato blight at all.  I’m not sure how we got so lucky.  To be sure, we lost a few tomatoes from over-ripeness and too much water, but we have more than enough to make up for it.  Some are pretty funny-shaped though.

Our corn is also starting to sprout finally.  It’s heirloom corn, so it’s not going to get that big, but I still am enjoying watching it grow

Corn stalks

Corn stalks

Ear of corn

Ear of corn

And finally, the very first crop we ever planted this year is ready for harvest.  Those 44 onion plants that we put in April 17 were harvested almost 4 months to the day later and look like this!

44 onions turned into this

44 onions turned into this

They are gorgeous! I just can’t believe the seedlings I planted that were about the thickness of a blade of grass, became full onions.  Right now, I have them spread on the floor of my garage, curing in the open air for the next few weeks, per this advice:

Onions should be harvested when most of the tops have fallen over and begun to dry. Carefully pull or dig the bulbs with the tops attached.

After harvesting, dry or cure the onions in a warm, dry, well-ventilated location, such as a shed or garage. Spread out the onions in a single layer on a clean, dry surface. Cure the onions for two to three weeks until the onion tops and necks are thoroughly dry and the outer bulb scales begin to rustle.

After the onions are properly cured, cut off the tops about 1 inch above the bulbs. As the onions are topped, discard any that show signs of decay. Use the thick-necked bulbs as soon as possible as they don’t store well. An alternate preparation method is to leave the onion tops untrimmed and braid the dry foliage together. (http://www.extension.org/pages/How_to_Cure_and_Store_Garden_Onions)

In a few weeks, I plan to braid the tops and hang them in our storage closet under the stairs.  Hopefully it’ll end up looking like this:

Braided onions

Braided onions

With so many onions, I think we’ll have enough to get us through till next year!

44 Onions

I’m beginning to see the benefits of the “community” part of community gardening. 🙂

The hubster and I headed over to our plot tonight to get restarted on our actual plot, instead of working the plot of the guy next to us. 🙂  When we arrived we saw one of the CDCG staff, Jenny, working her own plot in the corner across from us.  She said hello to us, and suggested we actually split up our half-plot a certain way to maximize its usage.  It was very helpful!  Then she excused herself to go get some onions in before nightfall.  The hubby and I measured out the plot, staked it and started turning over the soil.  It didn’t have any cover planted on it so it was much easier to turn over than Lev’s plot had been! The hubby decided to go over to see Jenny’s plot while I started picking rocks out.  He came back with 44 onion plants!  Jenny had too many and she offered them to us.

Onions!

Onions!

So I’ve planted the onions now and hopefully at least some of the onions will actually grow.  So exciting!  We turned over a bit more of the dirt and plan to do some more tomorrow.  We told Jenny we were going to Pigliavento’s to look for heirloom strawberry plants tomorrow and she said to pick her up a strawberry plant if we got any.  After 44 onions – hell yes!

This is our REAL plot

This is our REAL plot

Yay for garden neighbors 🙂