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.

August 7, 2017

8/7/2017 High Summer Harvest

Filed under: Beans,Carrots,Cucumbers,Onions,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 2:07 pm

The weather for the last couple days has been cool, and today rainy, more like mid-September than early August. Summer crops are starting to peak but already it feels like fall.

Cabernet and Copra onions curing is a shaded area on the patio.

I’ve been harvesting Cabernet onions for two weeks and most are cured and ready to go into storage. This is the entire crop of Cabernet but only about half of my Copra onions. The plants were shredded by hail in early June but recovered remarkably well – these are the biggest onions I’ve ever grown of both varieties. I attribute this to the regular rains we’ve been getting.

Each of these onions weighs about 7 ounces, together 1 pound including foliage. Typically, the Cabernet would be about 4-5 ounces and the Copra about 3 ounces.

The Yaya carrots are not as happy as the onions without supplemental watering. The split carrots require some carving but still taste great.

We’ve had a couple of periods of 8-9 days with no rain when I wasn’t watering. The carrots probably split after the next rainfall. I finally laid out the soaker hoses two weeks ago so subsequent plantings should not have this problem.

I’ve been checking for cucumbers but found only one – I picked the first last Thursday. Suddenly there are a gazillion and by their size several of them were there and ready last Thursday. Strange how they suddenly snapped into focus.

Cucumbers, H-19 Little Leaf. This is a pickling type with high resistance to bacterial wilt. The taste is good.

I’m not able to judge the resistance claim yet as the plants were protected by a row cover until the start of flowering. The foliage was clean when I removed the row cover but it is starting to show signs of disease now.

Tomatoes – 3 pounds of Sungold cherries and 1 pound of Garden Gem.

I cut then slow roasted (275°F) the Sungolds with garlic, basil & olive oil. I freeze them on a tray then pack them into freezer bags for use on winter salads. Summer has been cool and my biggest tomatoes are only just starting to show a bit of color.

One pound bush beans – most are Bush Blue Lake. The darker green beans are Hickock.

Lettuce Rouge Grenoblais and Muir. Muir stands up to hot weather much better than Rouge Grenoblais.

Everything above came from my community garden plot. I try to alternate harvests. Every second day at home I harvest a basket of beans and a handful of Jasper tomatoes. Zucchini is rarer, but still sufficient, since I prefer not to freeze it. Plus there is a daily harvest of greens – chard, kale, or Tyfon-Holland greens.

Helda pole beans, zucchini and Jasper cherry tomatoes.

Linking up with Dave at Our Happy Acres where the season is much more advanced.

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