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Friday Night Photos: Harvest Time! (2010 Garden Update #10)

garden tomatoesIf you have a garden, you know the joy of going out to harvest and coming back loaded with veggies. People who haven’t grown vegetables may not realize just how much a few plants can produce. I thought for this Garden Update, it might be fun to show how many tomatoes, summer squash, and spaghetti squash I picked in 3-4 days time. Luckily I have sisters, friends, and even a few neighbors who don’t mind sharing in the harvest! The tomatoes you see here are grape tomatoes, Romas, Celebrity, and Green Zebras, and I have several other varieties that aren’t ripening yet. I also have Brandywine tomatoes but I’m eating those for tomato sandwiches as soon as one gets ripe, so they didn’t make it into the photos!

Spaghetti Squash will keep for a long time after it’s harvested, as long as you let it stay on the vine until the skin gets hard. I have two plants, and I’m getting 2-3 spaghetti squash per week!

These are the adorable Flying Saucer Squash I used to make the Marinated Summer Squash and Chickpea Salad. They’re also great for making “Creamed” Zucchini. I have four plants, and they’re producing about 6 squashes per week, not nearly as prolific as some types of summer squash.

I also have 4 plants of this 8-Ball Zucchini, which is producing like crazy (probably 10-12 per week, which I try to pick when they’re small, but a few get away from me.) Luckily I have a lot of ideas for Zucchini Recipes, so I haven’t had to leave too many on the neighbor’s porch!

I also have 4 plants of this yellow straightneck squash, which I also like to pick when they’re really small to make things like Roasted Baby Summer Squash with Feta and Thyme. Other things I picked this week that didn’t make it into the photo shoot were kale, cucumbers, green beans, and lots of herbs!

You can see all the updates about my garden this year by using the label 2010 Garden Update. If you have a garden, let us know in the comments what you’re harvesting this week.

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    43 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: Harvest Time! (2010 Garden Update #10)”

  1. What kind of spaghetti squash is that? I have some like that but a little more green.

  2. Melanie, thanks for the photo feedback, and I'm thinking that tomatoes are my favorite garden plant too, although I do love the herbs as well!