Harvest Monday_9-20-10

I’ve been kind of MIA…spending more time working.  Didn’t want to let another Harvest Monday go by, though, so here’s what I’ve harvested over the past two weeks:

Before we get to  the current stuff, here’s one I missed last time..08-31-10 (2) …two of the last cantaloupes.  I’ll update my harvest tally (eventually) to show the weights, but both of these were ripe and juicy.  They’re worth growing, even with the aggravation of dealing with those *&^# squirrels.

Over the last two weeks I’ve harvested tomatoes, peppers and okra.

The big picture and the first of the smaller pictures are me having fun with my veggies.  They are the same day’s harvest.  The bigger picture looks to me like a Zulu warrior mask, and the other one looks like a crazy happy skull.  I’ve gotten kind of lazy about weighing and photographing everything, so I know I missed at least a couple cherry tomato harvests.

Picture 2 of the smaller pictures taken was a few days after I pulled a lot of the tomato plants from the yard (9-14-10), that’s why there are small green Brandywines included.  And the bell peppers are coloring up.  They’re not sizing up, but they are getting some color. 

I’m slowly doing things here and there to get the garden ready for winter.  I picked all of the peppers (harvested yesterday, 9-19-10)…09-19-10…for a total of 11 pounds 4 ounces from the 11 plants.  Not terrible considering I’ve got enough in the freezer already to last me until next summer and I made a bunch of stuffed peppers which I froze and slowly pulled out of the freezer and consumed each and every one of them. 

I dug up the pepper plants and gave them to my friend, Master Gardener Gregory Bratton, who, by the way, was chosen as one of the 2010 Garden Crusaders in the Gardener’s Supply Company contest.  The names will be announced in November on their web site.

Gregory is doing a hoop house over the winter and he’s planning on putting the pepper plants in there to see if he’ll be able to harvest a warm season veggie in the cold temperatures of the winter in the hoop house.  It will be interesting to see what happens.

I wasn’t disappointed with the Big Berthas.09-19-10 (4) These three were growing on one plant, and the biggest two were 9.3 ounces and 9.l ounces.  The actual plant was at least five feet tall.  I’m six feet and it came to just past my shoulders.  I’ll be hunting down this variety next year (hybrid, won’t save seeds).

I also picked yesterday some collards from my one remaining plant and some of the Russian kale (which I was so anxious to cook I forgot to photograp), some stalks of celery from the three plants…

09-19-10 (5) …which weigh next to nothing when you remove the leaves from the stalks, and a few pods of okra, which went into the pot with the greens. 

I’m down to cherry tomatoes, Swiss chard, and waiting as long as I can for the sweet potatoes.  EG harvested his sweet potatoes and did great.  I’m hoping I’ll get something decent when mine are harvested.

That’s it for my latest harvests.  Share what you’ve harvested.  Stop by Daphne’s Dandelions, link up with Mr. Linky, and tell the blogosphere what you’re harvesting in your neck of the woods.

Happy Gardening!!

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Harvest Monday_June 28, 2010

It’s Harvest Monday hosted by Daphne at Daphne’s Dandelions.   Post pics of your produce and leave a link at Daphne’s Dandelions so everyone can see what’s growing in your neck of the woods.

I picked my first bell pepper yesterday.  It was the Big Bertha I bought from Home depot the day I also bought the Stevia plant.  Big Bertha is living up to her name.  Too bad she’s a hybird, otherwise I’d definitely save the seeds.

Here are a few pictures of her progress:

 

All that pepper on that little bitty plant. 

There’s been a lot of rain around here lately.   After the corn being flattened on the 19th (Garden vs. Storm) another storm came through and flattened it again on the 23rd.  A tornado actually touched down in Orland Park (I think I have that right), one of the Chicago suburbs.

No fear, though.  All is well again.  The corn is on its way!!

This time I will not remove the stakes.  If another storm comes through, it’s going to have to work a little harder to flatten the corn.

Here’s my updated harvest tally.  835.7 oz  converts to 52.23 pounds of garden goodness so far. 

Around the garden, I pulled most of the lettuce and planted bush beans.   The strawberries are gone.  The snow peas are still producing a few pods since they got all tangled in the bad weather on the 19th.  The raspberries are probably 75 percent finished.  All 20 blueberries are gone.  I still haven’t planted my pickling cucumbers.  I have planted Armenian cukes, but the label says they don’t recommend them for pickling.  They’re growing fine with lots of male flowers on them.  I had the first flower on the yard long beans.  I made mint tea with some of the stevia leaves and it actually sweetened the drink.  It had a slight aftertaste, but for zero calories I’m willing to work with it.

Anyway, here’s a slide show of some of the pickings since my last Harvest Monday post on the 14th.

 

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Happy Gardening!!!