Mary's Veggie Garden

October 21, 2013

Harvest Monday Oct. 21,2013

Filed under: Beans,Peppers,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 10:33 am

It’s a while since I’ve mentioned the garden’s steady performers so this Harvest Monday I am featuring the ‘daily’ harvest. Daily is in quotes because the summer crops have slowed down so I’m no longer harvesting both gardens every day.


Yes, tomatoes are a big deal. This is the first time since 2008 I’ve had tomatoes in October.

Oct 15 tomato harvest

Oct 15 tomato harvest

The varieties are: Sungold – the orange cherries on the left, Jasper – the tiny cherries in the middle, Mountain Magic, the mid-sized tomatoes, and Defiant – the 3 largest.  Jasper, Mountain Magic, and Defiant are all resistant to late blight. My gardens didn’t get late blight this year but it was reported in my county and throughout the Hudson Valley late in the summer.

The fruit quality is  good (not excellent) because the plants are loosing leaves to Septoria leaf spot. If you look closely at the fruit there are also the small black spots of incipient tomato Anthracnose. (Click on the picture to enlarge it.) When tomatoes are on the plant the anthracnose is mostly controlled, but it progresses quickly indoors. However in this cool weather the tomatoes are ripening very slowly on the plant and one variety is not ripening at all.

The reasons I didn’t have October tomatoes for 4 years:

  • 2009 – Late Blight wiped out the tomatoes & potatoes at the end of july
  • 2010 – Back to back hurricanes/tropical storms in late August gave us 2 weeks of rain and rampant early blight & septoria.
  • 2011 – Septoria again
  • 2012 – late blight hit again in August
  • 2013 – my plants at the community garden have been removed – Septoria kill them, but at home I managed to control the Septoria until late August so the plants still have green leaves.


The pole beans are still producing but the plants are looking ragged. I’m thankful they’ve slowed down as there are plenty in the freezer.

Highlander peppers Rattlesnake and Northeaster beans.

Highlander peppers
 Northeaster  and Rattlesnake beans.


Surprisingly, the peppers are turning red in the garden. I’m picking them partially red and they ripen quickly to full red in a colander on the counter.

More Stuff

Everything you’ve seen so far was from my garden at home. Wednesday I visited my community garden plot to stock up.


Michili Green Rocket Cabbage, Cascadia snap peas, Yaya carrots, Red Ace beets, a few broccoli shoots, a couple of snow peas, and a Watermelon radish

The pair of half-pound carrots are from my 5/20 sowing and the rest from a 6/25 sowing. The beets are almost the last of a 4/15 sowing, and still tender and sweet. The pumpkins were a gift from a neighbor who was removing his garden fence – he is done for the year.OctVF.DSC02619

Saturday another trip to the community garden netted more carrots (the previous harvest was served as carrot sticks on the snack table at a quilt club meeting), the last two, late forming, butternut squashes, Vanguard bell peppers, Naples Italian peppers and a few more snap peas.  Unfortunately my fall planting of peas is rapidly dying from diseases never seen in the spring. Every time I harvest I remove a few more plants.

Not photographed: Cimmaron, my first head of fall romaine lettuce, eaten in salads with red pepper strips and snap peas.

The long rang forecast is for overnight temperatures near or at freezing most nights this week. So its time to harvest the remaining squashes, peppers and tomatoes. I started the work yesterday with 4.5 pounds of peppers – every full-sized pepper in my home garden.

Watermelon Radish

Watermelon Radish – hidden beauty



  1. Lovely harvest! The tomatoes and carrots especially look great! Glad you had a good year of tomatoes. Mine always get diseased too, but despite that they did much better this year.

    Comment by Patsy — October 21, 2013 @ 12:00 pm | Reply

  2. What an impressive harvest! How are those watermelon radishes?

    Comment by Lisa and Robb — October 21, 2013 @ 12:54 pm | Reply

    • I can’t say yet – that one (the first) was overcooked in one of my husband’s stir-frys. It only needed a few seconds of cooking. I think he was afraid of it. Watermelon radishes take about twice as long to grow as regular radishes.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 21, 2013 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  3. Beautiful harvests. I hope to pick some beans this week before the first frost comes to wipe them out. I really should have planted the fall beans earlier.

    Comment by Daphne — October 21, 2013 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

    • That’s the nice thing about pole beans – one May planting yields until frost.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 21, 2013 @ 6:42 pm | Reply

  4. Mary, you mentioned you were able to control the Septoria on the tomatoes until late August this year. What did you do to control it?

    Comment by Judy — October 22, 2013 @ 7:57 am | Reply

    • Judy,
      Septoria control was accomplished by a combination of things: I used red plastic mulch which was put in place on planting day and sprayed the plants with copper twice in June. I stopped using copper when the first tomato formed. In July I sprayed twice with Serenade. I was also vigilant, removing any suspicious foliage ASAP. Possibly if I had continued with the Serenade, I would have controlled the Septoria longer. But we had cool, heavy fogs in late August, ideal conditions for a fungal problem.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 22, 2013 @ 9:46 am | Reply

  5. Congrats on your October tomatoes! And those watermelon radishes? Gorgeous!!!

    Comment by Bee Girl (AKA Melissa) — October 22, 2013 @ 8:38 am | Reply

  6. Your community garden is still producing a lot, when do you need to take down your fences?

    Comment by Norma Chang — October 22, 2013 @ 8:27 pm | Reply

    • Usually the fences must be removed around Thanksgiving. In early Nov. I’ll start harvesting the carrots for storing in my ‘root cellar’. That harvest takes a while.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 22, 2013 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

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