|Eggplant, zucchini, a cucumber, sunburned pimentos,|
and green Shephard's Ramshorn sweet peppers
The three days of HOT weather last week helped to push a lot of the sweet peppers to turn fully ripe.
|Liebesapfel and Wisconsin Lakes|
I was truly happy that I have been keeping the plants under the protection of a lightweight remay fabric.
|Flamingo Bell and Odessa Market|
The small leaves on the plants means that many of the peppers are exposed to full sunlight and a few of fruits that were peeking out from under cover got sunburned last week but most of them came through the blast of heat just fine.
I must say that I've been really thrilled at how productive my sweet peppers have been. They have far exceeded my expectations this year. The virus that has stunted the leaves doesn't not seem to have affected the productivity or the quality of the fruits.
|Sunnybrook Pimento and Lady Bell|
|Shephard's Ramshorn and Morocco|
And then we had a bit of a taste of winter for a couple of days, gray skies, cold days, the first real rain in months (accompanied by lightening and thunder). We don't generally count on getting rain in October, but it isn't unusual either. It was so refreshing, the air was incredibly perfumed, clean and spice scented. And the dust was tamped down. I always forget how dusty it gets after a few months with no rain.
|Rain! And lightening and thunder!|
And then, back to our regularly scheduled Indian Summer... The sun came back out, it's warm again, and the harvests continue.
|Aji Angelo, some sunburned from the heat wave the week before|
My potted Aji Angelo pepper plants up next to the house received a full blast of sun and heat last week and a number of the ripening chiles were damaged.
|More Aji Angelos from a more shaded plant|
|Zucchini and Tasty Green cucumbers|
The zucchini, cucumbers and broccoli didn't stop growing just because it was raining. They didn't wait for me to get back out to the garden.
And the Padrons kept on growing also.
|Pimento de Padrons|
Sunday is tomato day, I've fallen into a routine of harvesting the tomatoes once a week. First the cherry tomatoes, they are the most work to harvest and I like to get that chore out of the way. The Sunshine cherry production has fallen off a lot (thank goodness), but there's still enough to keep my husband happy, he loves to take a small bagful in his lunch most days. Wheatly's Frost Resistant cherries are hitting their peak, not too prolific (another thank goodness). These are not the tastiest for eating out of hand but I found that they taste better dried so I'll dry most of the rest of the crop.
|Sunshine Cherry and Wheatly's Frost Resistant Cherry tomatoes|
Then I usually harvest the Fiaschetto tomatoes but there aren't many of those left on the vines and somehow I didn't get around to harvesting them yesterday. Next up are the salad tomatoes. I was worried that the rain would cause a lot of splitting in the tomato patch but found that it wasn't too much of a problem except for the Jaune Flamme. I'll have to use the splits up today, I haven't decided how.
|Nyabous, Rosabec, and Jaune Flamme tomatoes|
The Amish Paste tomatoes hit full production this week. Twenty pounds! That will fill a few more quart jars.
And the Martian Giants also - thirteen pounds.
|Padrons, Kamo eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers,|
Sicilian and Salangana eggplants,
|Sunburned and ripe Big Jim peppers|
Sigaretta Dolce peppers from three different plants
The only harvest that didn't get photographed this week was a handful of edamame beans that I pulled off of one plants. I haven't tried to cook them yet and am not sure that it will be worth the effort, they are pretty small and perhaps past their prime, but they're in the totals anyway.
One of these days I'll be doing a post about how I've been preserving the harvests lately. I've been taking some photographs but just haven't had time to pull it all together and write up a post.
Here's the harvest totals from the past week:
Edamame beans - 2.5 oz.
Apollo broccoli - 1 lb., 3.5 oz.
Green Fingers Persian cucumbers - 5.3 oz.
Tasty Green Japanese cucumbers - 2 lb., 8.4 oz.
Diamond eggplant - 1 lb., .9 oz.
Kamo eggplant - 1 lb., .7 oz.
Salangana eggplant - 5 lb., 2 oz.
Sicilian eggplant - 1 lb., 6.6 oz.
Aji Angelo peppers - 15.1 oz.
Big Jim peppers - 4.7 oz.
Flamingo Bell peppers - 1 lb., 11.2 oz.
King of the North bell peppers - 1 lb., 15.2 oz.
Lady Bell peppers - 2 lb., 12.9 oz.
Liebesapfel peppers - 1 lb., 11 oz.
Melrose peppers - 9.8 oz.
Morocco peppers - 1 lb., 6.4 oz.
Odessa Market peppers - 1 lb., 1.2 oz.
Pimento de Padron peppers - 1 lb., 6.4 oz.
Shephard's Ramshorn peppers - 1 lb., 7.2 oz.
Sigaretta Dolce peppers - 1 lb., 14.8 oz.
Sunnybrook Pimento peppers - 2 lb., 10.1 oz.
Wisconsin Lakes peppers - 1 lb., 1.9 oz.
Amish Paste tomatoes - 20 lb., 6.4 oz.
Jaune Flamme tomatoes - 2 lb., 15.9 oz.
Martian Giant tomatoes - 13 lb., 4.1 oz.
Nyagous tomatoes - 3 lb., 4.2 oz.
Rosabec tomatoes - 1 lb., 14.9 oz.
Sunshine Cherry tomatoes - 2 lb., 4.1 oz.
Wheatly's Frost Resistant cherry tomatoes - 1 lb., 13.9 oz.
Da Fiore zucchini - 5 lb., .2 oz.
The total harvests for the past week came to - 84 lb., 13.5 oz.
Which brings the totals for the year up to - 529 lb., 3.4 oz.
Last week I speculated on whether I would hit the 500 pound mark this year, uh yeah, passed that by, so now I'll be audacious and speculate on the possiblity of hitting the 600 pound mark.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers have been harvesting lately.