Mary's Veggie Garden

October 28, 2013

10/28/2013 Half a Ton and Still Harvesting

Filed under: Peppers,Squash,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 1:37 pm

With the forecast predicting overnight temperatures at or near freezing every night last week, I harvested the remaining summer crops: 10 pounds of peppers and the last winter squashes. My remaining tomatoes, all in my home garden, are protected by too many trees so I left green tomatoes on the plants and crossed my fingers. 10/29 frost hit the community gardens, killing the few remaining tomatoes and peppers. At home my neighbor’s lawn has twice showed frost, but my tomato plants are still alive. it is probably their last day: tonight’s forecast is for 27.

Peppers & tomatoes ripening inside.

Peppers & tomatoes ripening inside.

I chopped & froze loads of green peppers. Any peppers showing a bit of red went into the colander to continue ripening. It is necessary to keep an eye on the ripening peppers – they seem to go from firm to soft overnight.

The last and second largest Tetsukabuto squash at 5.25 pounds.

The last and second largest Tetsukabuto squash at 5.25 pounds.

This Tetsukabuto growing on the garden gate was an autumn surprise. It set in late September and it was the only one of the late squashes to get big.

I finally tallied up the winter squashes and added them to the total.

Squash tally - still done the old fashioned way, with paper & pencil

Squash tally – still done the old-fashioned way, with paper & pencil

The squashes are in the basement where they will be happy all winter or until chosen for dinner.

Butternuts and Tetsukabuto squashes stored in the basement

Butternuts and Tetsukabuto squashes stored in the basement

My current garden total is 1021 pounds. To me the most amazing part is that about 3/4 of that total was grown at the community gardens and transported home in my bicycle packs. Only the watermelons, weighing about 15 pounds each, traveled home in the car.

What’s left? Soon I’ll start harvesting carrots for winter storage, and celeriac, both in my community garden plot. At home there are leeks and parsnips. Plus those green tomatoes which should be harvested right now.


  1. Look at all those lovely squashes. Last year I grew Tetsukabuto, but the yield wasn’t good, so I didn’t grow it this year.

    Comment by Daphne — October 28, 2013 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

    • Tetsukabuto seems a bit less reliable than the butternuts. It usually does well for me at home, especially considering the limited sun. At the community gardens, some years it does great, some years it is mediocre.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 28, 2013 @ 7:33 pm | Reply

  2. Over 1000 pounds of harvest, congratulations. Did not plant any winter squash this year so will have to visit the farmers’ market.

    Comment by Norma Chang — October 28, 2013 @ 6:02 pm | Reply

  3. Seems like everyone is getting ready for the first frosts over there and bringing in their harvests. While here I’m hoping the last of the frost has left us and I can plant out my tomatoes this coming week. Your pumpkins (squash) look great in your cellar, I’m sure they’ll keep you going over the winter months.

    Comment by Barbara Good — October 30, 2013 @ 2:32 am | Reply

    • What amazes me is how we, in both hemispheres have some of the same crops growing in Oct – lettuce, radishes, peas, Asian greens… It the crossover season.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — October 30, 2013 @ 9:16 am | Reply

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