Mary's Veggie Garden

October 15, 2012

Harvest Monday, Oct. 15, 2012

Filed under: Flowers,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:09 pm

Zinnia Zowie! Yellow Flame

Friday, Oct. 12 the Poughkeepsie area suffered both frost and freeze, with the temperature dipping to 27F around 5AM Saturday.

Friday was spent harvesting frost tender vegetables:

  • Mountain Magic Tomatoes: 3 pounds. Yes, Mountain Magic is indeed resistant to late blight. It was my only surviving tomato plant. However it is not resistant to Septoria Leaf Spot so it didn’t look very good.
  • Peppers: .75 pound
  • Beans: 1 pound
  • Tetsukabuto squash: the 6 Tetsukabuto squashes lurking in my home garden totaled 17 pounds – the same as the single Rumbo squash grown in my sunny community garden plot and featured in the next post.

I’m also harvesting fall vegetables: the first Optiko Napa cabbage, a white turnip, and carrots.

The view from my desk: dahlias and zinnias.

But most important, before the frost, I harvested flowers. These pictures were taken outside a couple weeks ago, but the bouquets are in the house now. My dahlias are dead, except the Old Gold plants which we covered with a double layer of tarp before the freeze. A couple branches near the edge were frosted and the flowers are a bit crushed, but the plants are still alive, and there are buds yet to open if it stays above freezing for a couple weeks. I can see the Old Gold dahlias as I type, and I like them too much to let them go without a fight.

Dahlia ‘Old Gold’

The current harvest total is 750 pounds, after sorting through my storage onions and discarding many. Roughly a quarter of the Copras are rotting in storage. I’ve been growing and storing Copra onions for several years and this is the first time for this problem. Each bad onion has a couple rotting layers, either the center or towards the outside. I know thrips are in the garden: could thrips be the cause?



  1. Mary, ‘Old Gold’ is absolutely beautiful. If you have any extra tubers next spring could I snag a couple?

    Comment by Judy Killmer — October 15, 2012 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

    • I’ll let you know after I dig them – which I hope is not for at least 3 weeks.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 15, 2012 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. What a beautiful and varied harvest! You’re getting summer and fall at the same time. I have so much to learn. This will be our first fall/winter garden. I love Harvest Mondays because I learn, but also because I now have documentation. I can look back and remember, yes, we really did grow a lot of food and it was really worth it!

    Comment by pooks — October 15, 2012 @ 5:25 pm | Reply

    • Well, summer and fall overlapped briefly.
      Now that I’m blogging about the harvest I am documenting more. This is the first time I’ve weighed everything and it is an eye-opener.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 15, 2012 @ 7:53 pm | Reply

  3. Your dahlia is gorgeous so is the zinnia. 750 pounds of harvest, wow, congratualtions!!!!! How does this compare to previous years?

    Comment by Norma Chang — October 15, 2012 @ 7:40 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know how it compares. In past years I’ve only weighed squash and potatoes. If I get my act together, I’ll do a year – to – year squash comparison next week.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 15, 2012 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

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