Mary's Veggie Garden

September 4, 2017

9/4/2017 Harvest Monday – Late August harvests

Filed under: Lettuce,Sweet Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:59 pm

The last two weeks have been anomalously cool with highs in the 70’s and a low of 42 – ideal weather for gardening – if not for ripening peppers.

My plots at the Vassar Farm community gardens are producing abundantly.

8/21 Sungold tomatoes and the first bell pepper.

The Sungold plants have passed their peak and Septoria is killing the foliage. I’ll remove them soon.

Edamame Soy, Honey Select Sweet Corn, Yaya carrots and Garden Treasure and Garden Gem tomatoes.

Summer Crisp lettuce: Muir and Carioca plus the last of the broccoli side shoots.

I am very impressed by Muir Summer Crisp lettuce. The loose-leaf heads are good-sized and they hold well in the garden for quite a long time (ie 2 weeks before bolting, even in August.) Even after the plant starts bolting the leaves stay sweet and crisp. Plus Muir bolts very, very slowly.

Copra onions curing 8/21. The onion crop has been cleaned and stored in mesh bags hanging from the basement ceiling – 36 pounds.

At home, I am greeted by this magnificent 8′ tall goldenrod by the garden gate.

This volunteer goldenrod fominates this corner of the garden. The butternut squash is climbing over it to get some sun.

Bees cover the goldenrod most of the day probably a hundred at any time. Wasps, ranging from midget to full-sized, also feed on the goldenrod.

Highlander peppers are mildly hot. I chopped & froze these to use in winter pizzas and chili.

Felicity jalapenos have no heat!  These are the first beans form my early July planting of Hickok bush beans.

The Helda pole beans are producing again after resting in early August.

My neighbor at the community gardens started digging sweet potatoes in late August and they look very good. Purple SPs get big fast, plus rodents chew on them in the fall.  I’ve decided to get them out while they are good – plus they will be a smaller, more manageable size if harvested now. So I’ve started groping around under the sweet potato plants and pulling out any roots I can find while leaving the plants to grow more roots.

Purple sweet potatoes. The biggest is almost 3 pounds.

I found this Purple snake by stepping on it. It was growing  horizontally on top of the soil under thick leaf mulch.

Purple sweet potato snake 16″ long.



  1. The Highland Peppers are beautiful! Love the bee on Goldenrod photo, too

    Comment by Lea — September 4, 2017 @ 10:49 pm | Reply

  2. That Muir is a beautiful lettuce. I’ll have to add it to my 2018 grow list. How long had those Purple SP been in the ground? I planted mine around the first of June and I wonder if mine are sizing up like that. I usually let them go until October, but voles are always a possibility here.

    Comment by Dave @ OurHappyAcres — September 5, 2017 @ 9:09 pm | Reply

    • Notes on my garden map say I planted the Purple SPs 6/9. We’ve had a cool summer with highs mostly in the eighties (or seventies) so your heat days should be much higher than mine and root development is dependent on heat. It would be worth digging a Purple hill.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — September 6, 2017 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  3. That’s some great looking onions and lettuce. And your three pound sweet potato must be gigantic, I do like their blushing purple color.

    Comment by Phuong — September 6, 2017 @ 7:18 am | Reply

  4. I am always impressed by sweet potato harvests as we really struggle with them here, and yours are exceptionally beautiful

    Comment by alittlebitofsunshine1 — September 8, 2017 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

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