Monday, August 31, 2015

Harvest Monday - August 31, 2015

First Brown Turkey Fig


Peppers, squashes, bitter melons, and tomatoes.


All the Black Krim tomatoes have concentric cracks on them.




The bottoms don't look any better, but we like the taste.


I'm playing with old spinach seeds again, both Alrite (2014) and Tyee (2010) are hybrids.  I soaked the seeds in room temperature water for 24 hours, wrapped the seeds in wet paper towel, put in a sandwich bag, and left them in the refrigerator for about 5-7 days, most of them sprouted.


Five year old Tyee Spinach seeds from Fedco --- 70% germination, fast growing and strong roots.


One year old Alrite Spinach seeds from Kitazawa --- 80% germination, slow growing and weaker roots.  

Now I know I don't have to buy new spinach seeds every year, I'd tested this method once before and it worked.


Drop by Daphne's Dandelions host of Harvest Monday to see more harvests from around the globe.

17 comments:

  1. That sure is a beautiful basket of veggies!! My Black Krim always have those same cracks ...I don't think I've ever had one that didn't.

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    1. Same here, I never had one Black Krim that is not cracked, but it's one of our favorite tomatoes.

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  2. That is a gorgeous basket. You must pick your squash very small. I would expect those to be a lot longer. Though I've never grown that kind myself.

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    1. Yes I pick my squash before the flowers open or a day or two later, it's easier to control the glut this way, otherwise I'll have to beg people to take them.

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  3. Beautiful photograph of the fig and a beautiful basket of peppers and squash. I can see your Yummy Belles are being productive, wish mine were. Interesting test on the spinach seed, that's useful to know. And interesting that you put the seeds in the fridge. Never thought to do that but it makes sense.

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    1. Yep the Yummies are doing well this year, I grow them in self-watering container. Putting spinach seeds in the fridge is the only way I can get them to sprout for me, I have tried to sprout them many other ways and none of them worked as well as the fridge.

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  4. I too agree, sure is a gorgeous basket of goodies. Hope you get a lot more figs.

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    1. Thank you, I hope so too. The Brown Turkey is a late cropper for us here, there are many green figs on the tree but very few ripen before frost. I've only gotten one or two edible figs in the past three years.

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  5. That fig is perfect and who wouldn't be envious of such a gorgeous harvest. I did a spinach germination test earlier this year as I had loads of trouble with it last year...with new seed, no less! I found that the best spot for me was in my basement where the temperature is a relatively cool 18-19C (64-66F). But there was a HUGE difference in germination between different varieties. I made a note of the times for each variety so that when I start seeds in the future, I know what to expect.

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  6. That is so true about huge difference in germination rate between different varieties of seeds. I'm learning something new every season. Today I experiment with sprouting lettuce seeds in refrigerator, will be interesting to see which variety sprouts first.

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  7. What a beautiful fig. I'm still waiting for the figs on my tree to size up, they're just hanging on like little rocks. I tried growing Black Krim last year and only got a few tomatoes before the plant died. I'm still searching for a "black" tomato that will do well in my garden. I'm going to have to try your refrigerator treatment for spinach, it's always sooo slooow to sprout. Same for lettuce.

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  8. I've grown Black Krim on and off over the years but never got more than a handful of fruits, this time I bought a grafted plant, I got 21 fruits altogether, it comes in 2 waves, first wave 11 fruits, second wave 10 fruits, I'm pulling it soon, there's one fruit left on the plant.

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  9. Hi Mac,

    Where do you store your seeds normally? Is it in refrigerator? I am surprised that 2010 spinach seeds are still viable for you. I store my seeds in the basement but I think it might not be cool enough for long term storage.

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    1. We don't have basement here, I keep my seeds in zip lock bags or plastic containers at room temperature. I'm surprised those 5 yr old seeds sprouted, I was expecting zero or maybe one or two sprouts that was it.

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  10. We also have the Black Krim always in the garden. This year we had 15 different kinds of tomatoes :) Greets from Austria

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  11. Why your not posting anymore? Are you ok

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