Mary's Veggie Garden

August 17, 2015

8/17/2015 Harvest Monday

Filed under: Corn,Edamame,Onions,Tomatoes,Vegetables — marysveggiegarden @ 8:42 pm
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It was a fine day for harvesting. I wanted tomatoes with breakfast so I started early. It was only 68° F – cool enough to not sweat while wearing long sleeves and pants, my protection against ticks.

5 oz. of Jasper cherry tomatoes, about half today's harvest.

5.2 oz. of Jasper cherry tomatoes, about half today’s harvest.

A batch of Jasper cherry tomatoes, about half the harvest. I took the picture after eating them for breakfast and lunch. I’m harvesting about 1/2 pound of Jasper per day. I suspect the chipmunks are also getting some which is why I have 2 plants. For supper I cut a hand-full of Jaspers through the equator and used them to provide the liquid in a sauté of onion, beans and zucchini. The tomatoes retained their shape and the skins were tender.

Cucumber Sweet Success

Cucumber Sweet Success

I’m getting one, occasionally two, Sweet Success Cucumbers a day. They are so long that one per day is more than the two of us eat.

Rattlesnake pole beans.

Rattlesnake pole beans – 11 oz.

Rattlesnake green beans. I’ll freeze these because the previous harvest is still in the fridge.

After breakfast I biked the 2.5 miles to my community garden plot. I expected to harvest cherry tomatoes and maybe some onions but I returned with full panniers.

Sungold cherry tomatoes.

Sungold cherry tomatoes.

The Sungold tomatoes are starting to slow, the colander is not as full as last week. This is 1.75 pounds – the production of 4 plants for 2 days.

Copra onions,

Copra onions, curing on wire shelves in a protected area of the patio.

The tops of the Copra onions started folding over late last week. They seem much later than usual. I just checked –  Copra harvest started a week earlier in 2013. Then again, snow melt delayed the plowing this year,  so I planted the onions 2-3 weeks later than in 2013. Later planting didn’t delay the Cabernet onions – most of them are cured and in storage now.

Toyha edamame soy beans.

Toyha edamame soy beans.

It was getting hot, rising up through the eighties, but I forced myself to check the soy beans then decided it was necessary to start harvest. This is about a quarter of the planting:  2.75 pounds of edamame in the pod. A few pods contain no beans but it wasn’t as bad as I expected. Ten days ago I discovered the hose in the soy bed was not connected to the main feed line. The hose was hidden by the mulch and row cover. We’ve had only 3″ of rain in the last 6 weeks and the edamame did remarkably well without supplemental water.

Sweet corn Honey Select

Sweet Corn Honey Select

Just before leaving, I checked the corn. These are my first ears, from a 6/4 planting of Honey Select. At supper, my husband pronounced the corn just about perfect. I think the flavor is a bit ‘cornier’ than the “Incredible” that I’ve grown for the last several years but the two varieties are equally sweet.

By now it was noon, the temperature was above 90°F, and I was the only person remaining at the community gardens. The bike ride home was a slog  – I pedaled as little I could and still get over the hills, setting no speed records. A heatwave like this is unusual for August.  It seems to be cooling faster in the evening than during a June or July heat wave so my (non-airconditioned) house is not unbarable.

October 21, 2013

Harvest Monday Oct. 21,2013

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

Tomatoes!

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.

Beans

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.

Peppers

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.

Stuff

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

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