Mary's Veggie Garden

September 25, 2017

9/25/2017 Harvest Monday

Filed under: Cucumbers,Squash,Sweet Potatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 4:34 pm

The anomalous weather continues in N.Y. In August we enjoyed late September conditions. Now that it is late September we are getting August heat with highs up near 90°F. The peppers and tomatoes are loving the heat and ripening quickly. Last evening I turned 6 pounds of Garden Treasure tomatoes into pizza sauce for the freezer. We eat fresh peppers with every meal and I have a gallon bag of chopped red and yellow peppers in the freezer.

Peppers: Escamillo, yellow and Carmen, red. Escamillo peppers are slightly bigger than Carmen. Both are excellent for fresh eating but I like the flavor of Carmen a bit better. That said, I just ate an entire Escamillo as a snack.

Summer Dance has provided a steady supply of cucumbers since mid-August. Most fruits are much straighter than this pair.

This Striata d’Italia zucchini plant is incredible. I am certain it has squash borers plus powdery mildew covers the leaves but it keeps on pumping out fruit. Only 1.5″ of rain has fallen this month and I rarely water so this plant must be living on dew.

Striata d’Italia Zucchini – the bottom is almost rotted through but there is a squash (actually several) at the top.

A closeup of the top of the Striata d’Italia zucchini reveals five fruit and the potential for several more.

I harvested the first winter squash this week. This is Fairy from Territorial Seed. It is a C. moschata so it resists borers plus it resists powdery mildew so the vines are very vigorous. The vines are at least 20′ long and have escaped the garden on three sides.

C. moschata Fairy winter squash. The catalog says they should weigh 2.5 pounds. This groups averages 5.3 pounds each.

I’ve not yet tasted a Fairy squash. I’ll roast one after the heat wave breaks – maybe this weekend.

I continue to dig sweet potatoes.

Sweet potatoes: Heartogold left, White Queen right. White Queen yielded about 3/4 pound/plant, not particularly good. It’s been a cool summer – not the best temperature for sweet potatoes.

This is my second year growing Heartogold & White Queen. I tried several new varieties last year and Heartogold yielded the least so I was not planning to grow it this year. I must have mixed a Heartogold root in with the White Queen roots and accidentally started slips. I think Heartogold needs a longer, hotter season than Poughkeepsie ever gets.

Dahlia Little Bees Wings – small but perfect.


  1. Lovely harvests. Gotta love a squash like your Striata d’Italia. And the Fairy squash looks like a winner too.

    Comment by Michelle — September 25, 2017 @ 5:11 pm | Reply

  2. Fairy was on my grow list for next year, so it’s good to see how it did in your garden. Since it sounds like a really vigorous grower I need to factor that in and give it plenty of room. It will be interesting to hear how they taste. I grew the all white Ivis White Cream last year which is supposed to do well in Northern gardens. It was a shy producer for me but all the SPs were last year.

    Comment by Dave @ OurHappyAcres — September 25, 2017 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

    • The Fairy vines are 15-20′ long and they went in every direction.
      So far I’ve not been impressed by any white SP. I used to grow Frazier White but it, too, was shy. Norma has Ivis White Cream over at Locust Grove and it is also a light producer.

      Comment by marysveggiegarden — September 26, 2017 @ 6:28 am | Reply

  3. Your comment about the striata plant living on dew made me smile. We have a Longa Bianca with a similar trait this year and the extra fruits are really welcome. Love the colour of your peppers!!

    Comment by alittlebitofsunshine1 — September 28, 2017 @ 4:13 am | Reply

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