Today is Yesterday was Harvest Monday, hosted by Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions. Drop by, link up, show your stuff.
My enthusiasm is waning. With the kiddies (don’t let them hear me calling them that since they’re all over the age of consent) being back in school mama’s got to buy a few pairs of shoes, so mama’s got to get her butt into gear and get a lot more work done.
Anywho, I was pretty busy with work last week and didn’t spend a lot of time in the garden. I harvested the last few melons and gave one to my neighbor whose fence they grew up on and one to my mother. As obsessive as I am about weighing my produce, it didn’t even occur to me to weigh them.
Saturday I spent a long day working in the yard. I pruned and tidied up the blackberry canes and gave them a different support.
In the new bed I took out the three cherry tomato plants (I still have three) and the vines from the volunteer melon. I reconfigured the trellis so I can throw plastic over it just in case I decide to grow greens when it’s cold outside ( I sprinkled a few lettuce seeds in the bed while I was at it). The trellis is actually two trellis that I got when the store was going out of business. It sat around for over four years unopened. Best 20 bucks (or less) that I ever spent.
I cut all the new growth from the tree trunks and filled up my lawn bag composter after I transferred the material that was in it already so it can sit and mellow.
Today Yesterday I got all the melon vines off the fence, removed the Armenian cukes and yard long beans off the stairs, took out all the cucumber and bush bean plants from the north bed. I’m slowly getting the garden ready for winter. I’ve still got bell peppers, swiss chard, Russian and dwarf kale and three more tomato plants.
The jalapeno pepper in the container did its thing again
I just discovered watermarks!!
35 peppers were on the plant this time, just six weeks after the last major harvest. Got to find out from Granny who gave me the seeds if these were hybrid or OP. These will be made into jalapeno poppers to go into the freezer.
I’m actually picking a few raspberries, a second harvest. Last year the frost got them before they could mature. And speaking of round two, my rhododendron is flowering.
Not sure if that’s good or bad because the flowers for next year, according to everything I’ve read, form on the tips of the leaves this year. Once the plant blooms now will it still grow flowers on the leaf tips? Will the plant have time to even develop flower buds for next year? Curious minds want to know.
So, here’s what I harvested this last week.
The picture on the right is from today yesterday. I won’t include in the harvest tally the huge overgrown cucumber that I discovered when I took the plants out or
the little bitty ones that I dropped in my pickle jar in the fridge. Those were the last of the Armenian cukes too. Both of the brandywine tomatoes were over a pound each, and there are only a couple more on the plant.
It’s getting close to midnight so I’m signing off, otherwise I’ll have to change my title.
p.s. I fell asleep and didn’t hit the send button in time. I guess old age is catching up to me. Time for me to run like hell.