The harvests have continued at a steady pace for most of the vegetables, although the fresh beans have nearly come to an end and I didn't bother to pick the few that sized up last week.
All of the eggplants are still producing beautiful specimens.
|Sicilian and Bonica eggplants|
As usual, the bulk of the tomato crop has ripened in October. We've been feasting on tomato salads of various sorts, the other night it was a salad from Joanne Weir's book You Say Tomato - sliced tomatoes topped with crumbled ricotta salata tossed with mixed herbs and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.
|Potiron Ecarlate and Nyagous|
Some of the tomatoes are also being sliced thickly, salted lightly and dried. Another night I baked some tomatoes, simply sliced in half and topped with a mixture of bread crumbs, herbs, and garlic, and drizzled with olive oil and baked until the tomatoes were tender and the crumbs crisp.
|Chianti Rose and Martian Giant|
The cherry tomatoes don't sit around long enough to have to be preserved in any way.
|Isis Candy and Green Grape|
The measly harvests of paste tomatoes get canned a quart or two at a time.
The sow bugs figured out that the melons were ripe before I did, fortunately the damage was slight and the melons hadn't spoiled at all.
The summer sown Di Ciccio broccoli produced its first head.
The spring sown broccoli produced a nice bunch of side shoots.
This is a side shoot from one of the spring sown plants.
The "main" head from the summer sown broccoli (on the left) is a runt in comparison.
Fall is mating season for the California Brown Tarantula and the boys are on the prowl for a mate! I almost stepped on this guy as he zipped down the garden path.
These spiders reach adulthood when they are 8 to 12 years old, the males then spend about 6 months mating with whatever females they can find (it's a myth that the females kill them after mating) and then they die. The females can live up to 25 years and can reproduce through their adult lifespan.
We had a run of really nice weather last week. Both the garden and I have been loving it! At least until last night, brrr, it hit 39ºF this morning.
Here's the harvests for the past week:
Di Ciccio broccoli - 2 lb., 13.8 oz.
Garden Oasis cucumbers - 11.3 oz.
Green Fingers cucumbers - 9.2 oz.
Tasty Green cucumbers - 16.1 oz.
Bonica eggplants - 3 lb., 8.7 oz.
Salangana eggplants - 5 lb., 15.8 oz.
Sicilian eggplants - 2 lb., 4.4 oz.
Alvaro melons (3) - 7 lb., 3 oz.
Pimento de Padron peppers - 4.2 oz.
Andine Cornue tomatoes - 4 lb., 8.8 oz.
Chianti Rose tomatoes - 5 lb., 7.3 oz.
Green Grape cherry tomatoes - 1 lb., 3 oz.
Isis Candy cherry tomatoes - 3 lb., 4.2 oz.
Martian Giant tomatoes - 4 lb., 6.2 oz.
Nyagous tomatoes - 2 lb., 1 oz.
Potiron Ecarlate tomatoes - 3 lb., 1.5 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 2 lb., 12 oz.
The total harvests for the past week came to - 51 lb., 2.5 oz.
Which brings the totals for the year up to - 699 lb.
Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what garden bloggers from around the world have been harvesting lately.