You did not miss my Harvest Monday post this week because Dave and I were off hiking the northern portion of The Lost Coast trail and I didn't have time to write the post. I'll cover 2 weeks of harvests next Monday.
This 25 mile trail hugs the water in the most remote stretch of the California coast in the King Range Wilderness. The trail varies from black sand beaches,
to hard packed and/or sandy paths,
to rocky shoreline, (look closely and you can see me picking my way through),
to cobbles and everything in between. There are stretches where you can not pass at high tide so it is necessary to carry a tide chart and time your travel for the window around low tide.
|The Lost Coast at Shelter Cove|
Still waiting for Orange Jazz tomato to ripen, but it is showing some color. And a few more peppers are starting to color up.
|IPK P 632 (Italy)|
The small fruited Aji Amarillo peppers from Artisan Seeds are starting to ripen, while the Aji Amarillo Grande peppers have hardly even begun to set. I may end up having to pot up the Grande plants to overwinter them.
I noticed that powdery mildew is infecting some of the pepper plants. Etiuda seems to be quite susceptible and Lady Bell is pretty heavily infected as well. The fog has been particularly heavy this month, probably because of the smoke from the Soberanes fire, and the daytime temperatures have been cooler than normal as well. Powdery mildew is infecting my broccoli and kale too. I sprayed all the pepper plants, the kale, and the Batavia broccoli plants with an Actinovate solution yesterday.
|Chewed Shepherd's Ramshorn plant|
This is why I don't have a seed feeder set up for the birds anymore...
Also on the munching menu are the Hopi White Tepary bean plants.
|Hopi White Tepary Bean|
I suppose Tepary bean plants must be pretty tasty. I had to erect a barrier around the Blue Speckled Tepary plants to keep what is most likely the rabbit from plowing through them. And I'm guessing that it's the Damn Rabbit that is reaching up to munch the Hopi White.
So far the tulle fabric is keeping the munchers out of the pea patch.
|Puhwem Corn Tassels|
|IPK P 852 (Italy) Pepper Plants|
|No More Lettuce!|
I cut the overgrown basil plants back yesterday and aim to get them out of the garden this week and sow some amaranth greens there. I can't put any overwintering greens into this bed because I need to have it entirely cleared out by the end of the year so I can sow it with a mustard cover crop. Next year this bed will be home to the tomatoes and peppers. I prep the tomato/pepper bed with a winter cover crop that I dig in in the spring. The volunteer Dorato d'Asti celery plant that is behind the basil also has to go.
The melon vines are starting to bloom, even though it seems to me like the vines are still quite puny.
|Candystick Dessert Delicata|
|Honey Nut Butternut|
|Kiwano Horned Melon|
|Up and Coming|
The new basil seedlings are almost big enough to set out in the garden. The new lettuces (more Manoa crisphead, Jericho romaine, and Rosencrantz crisphead) are large enough to set out. And the Tronchuda Beira cabbage and Russian Hunger Gap kale are also large enough to get into the garden.
That's the latest in garden for the week.