Two nights with temperatures as low as 28F means the end of pepper season. I stripped my pepper plants the afternoon before the big freeze, which fortunately wasn't as cold as the original forecast (15F!!). Here's the last of the Piment Doux Long des Landes, Purple Marconis, and the Aji Pancas.
And this basket has the last of the Aji de la Tierras, Habanero Long Chocolates, Rocotillos, Christmas Bells, Chihuacle Amarillos, and one green Donkey Ears.
I'm waiting to see how all the pepper plants fared. Sometimes it's just the top growth and outer branches that get frost killed. If the lower part of the plants survive and don't succumb to something fungal there's a chance they might come back in the spring. I'll just leave them in their ugly frost scarred condition for now.
The remaining Aji Angelos also got stripped from the plants but I didn't get around to photographing them.
I was also concerned that the meyer lemons might get freeze damaged so I picked a bunch of lemons from the outer branches.
Some of these have been used to make lemon curd and I'm experimenting with candied lemon peels. There's still loads of lemons left on the tree and they seem to be unfazed by the freeze.
Here's what a lot of my harvests are going to be looking like in the coming weeks - green. This is Portuguese Dairyman's Kale.
And another bunch of Piracicaba broccoli shoots.
There are broccoli buds hiding in all that greenery. I don't strip off the leaves from the broccoli shoots. The leaves are tender and every bit as tasty as the buds so I cook the shoots with all the leaves attached.
If you would like to see what other garden bloggers harvested this week go on over to Daphne's Dandelions, our host for Harvest Mondays.