This could be one of the last colorful Harvest Monday posts of the season. It's pouring rain and forcasted to get as low as 23F tonight and tomorrow morning, a big mass of freezing arctic air is about to settle down upon the region. I need to force myself out into the cold wet wet garden to strip the pepper and pea plants....
In the meantime, here's most of what got harvested in the last week.
I finally photographed a picking of kale! This is Portuguese Dairyman's kale. I got the seeds through SSE from a Northern California gardener who got his seeds from his Portuguese neighbor who brought the seeds from the Azores. It is a delicious kale and I'm planning on (hoping to...) save seeds this spring. There's also a small bunch of Piracicaba broccoli on the right.
Another selection of peppers: Marconi Purples on the tray, working clockwise from the Marconis, Aji Dulce Yellow, Aji Dulce #1, Puerto Rico No Burn with Pimento de Cheiro (tiny yellow), Zavory (red) and Datil (yellow).
A giant red scallion.
More peppers: from the upper left and working clockwise, Aji Panca, Chihuacle Amarillo, Aji Argentina (from a neglected 2 year old plant, many of which started drying on the plant), Habanero Long Chocolate, Aji Pineapple (another 2 year old plant), and Aji Dulce Yellow.
More peppers: Christmas Bell (C. baccatum) on top and Piment Doux Long des Landes sweet peppers on the bottom, and one last Chihuacle negro over there on the left.
Opal Creek Golden snap peas. I harvested another similar amount and then after the nighttime temperature dipped somewhere below 28F the other night I harvested a few more that had been a bit damaged by the low temps.
And another big overgrown scallion. I also harvested one more big red one yesterday that I didn't photograph.
And the Magadalena Big Cheese and Berrettina Piacentina squash had to be harvested because the plants were killed the other night.
Hmm, what else did I harvest... More Aji Angelos and a small picking of Pimento de Padrons. That's the last of the Padrons, the pods still on the plants are squishy from the freeze the other night. And a few more Petaluma Gold Rush beans. Parsley, parsley, but I do love parsley...
So what are you harvesting now? Join in the fun at Daphne's Dandelions.
Ug, now I need to get warm and waterproof and get out into that cold ,wet and cold and wet garden....