Japanese beetle and skeleton leaves!!
Fortunately I had just read Amy's blog on the beetles and was ready with a bucket of soap water and my oldest son(I couldn't get myself to touch those beetles). He picked dozens (wearing gloves) and the next day my dear husband did the rounds and picked off more and now the situation is under control(touch wood!). We are still picking 10-12 everyday and will continue to monitor and watch the leaves and plants more carefully.
This Harvest week belongs to Eggplants and Yellow Squash!! I was pleasantly surprised to find about 8-9 yellow squash all about the same size on a single plant. Not that we eat a lot of them, but any large harvest that I pick from the garden, makes me feel on top of the world :) Then came a harvest of eggplants and another bigger one! I've never picked more than 1 at a time and not more than a few in the entire season! Ofcourse, it helped that this year, I tried mixed varieties of eggplants and over a dozen plants :)
Yellow Squash and zucchini
1 tomato and few beans
Fairy Tale Eggplants and zucchini
Yellow Squash and Orange beets with greens
Orange beets cleaned and trimmed
First cucumbers, zucchini and Fenugreek leaves
Fairy tale, long purple and apple green Eggplants
Zestar! apple (dropped while picking beetles)
Garlic chives scapes
For other harvests, please visit Daphne's Harvest Monday.