Monday, October 5, 2009

Harvest Monday - 10/5/09

I've still got plenty of veggies coming out of the garden to share for Daphne's Dandelions Harvest Monday. Once again, though, I was playing hooky for a long weekend so I didn't harvest as much as I could have.

First up is a bunch of Vida Verde leaf amaranth. The stalks are reaching for the sky now and forming flowers but some of the side shoots are still easy to harvest. This mix also produces lots of edible white seeds although I've never grown enough plants to harvest enough seeds to eat.

Next is a box with Todd County Amish and Hillbilly tomatoes.

And here are mostly Blue Beech paste tomatoes, one Chocolate Stripe and a few Paul Robeson tomatoes.

And the Pimento de Padrons are still producing like crazy, although they are growing more slowly now.

And lots of cherry tomatoes still.

The cucumbers are plentiful as well. The Palace King cucumber plants are growing next to the patch of Magadalena Big cheese squash which are becoming covered with powdery mildew but the cucumber vines seem to be unaffected.

Diamond eggplant which were made into my version of Eggplant Parmigiana. Delicious!

Thursday was a day of rushing around trying to get out of the house for the long weekend so I didn't take the time to photograph the boxful of Caspian Pink, Giantesque, and Aunt Ruby's German Green tomatoes that I harvested that day. The second picking of Pimento de Padrons didn't get photographed as well. And you don't get to see the second harvest of cucumbers either.

My pet sitter got a bonus of a bunch of tomatoes and basil. And my shift mates at the Aquarium got to enjoy some cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.

If you've got some harvests to share or just want to see what some other garden bloggers have got coming out of their gardens, head on over to Daphne's Dandelions.


  1. Wow I see you are still getting lots of summer vegetables. Those tomatoes look so delicious. I shouldn't look now that I'm back to eating greens.

  2. Daphne, I feel just a little bit bad about teasing you with photos of fresh tomatoes, just a little... We'll both be drooling when the photos of tomatoes start coming in from the down under gardeners.

  3. Okay, I am really starting to get jealous of all your tomatoes! Is it next summer yet? hehe. I don't recall if I answer your question last week about my hillbilly tomatoes so I'll answer now, the green stripes do disappear once they fully ripen.

  4. Yum. The pictures are as pretty as the vegetables. I keep waiting for my tomatoes to settle down, but not yet.

    I need to pick a bunch more Principe Borghese today. Maybe after I grade some papers. Sigh.

  5. Dan, it's summer a la California's central coast, we get a rather late start here. If you ever get out this way in June or July, be sure to bring long pants and a jacket!

    Stefani, That darned work thing sounds like it's getting in the way of the real work! I think I have a way to go before the tomatoes stop also, but I'm not complaining.

  6. Incredible harvest. Tomato heaven !
    The rest ain't bad either ! :D

    Lovely !

  7. And there was more. Your harvest still looks quite prolific... and beautiful.

  8. Mary Delle, thanks! Just wait til next week...

  9. How wonderful Michelle, what a monday harvest! I you even got some gorgeous aubergines. Well done girl./ xoxo Tyra

  10. Hi Michelle,
    Tomato envy!
    Which variety has been your favorite so far? I'm in a different zone, but always on the lookout for a new variety to try.

  11. Hi Sally, It's hard to pick a favorite but I'm leaning towards Giantesque - the fruits tend to be large and have a nice balance of sweet and acid. The plants are vigorous and productive. The only flaw has been a susceptiblity to blossom end rot. The plant might have an advantage over the other varieties in my garden because it's at the end of the row with a full south exposure...

  12. Make that Gigantesque, I've been calling that tomato by the wrong name all season because of a typo on the seed packet!

  13. We've been eating tomatoes like mad around here, knowing there's not much time left. I know I'm supposed to be excited about seasonal eating and start getting my fall and winter harvest groove on, but I LOVE summer fruits and veggies and am always sad when the season winds down.

  14. Susan, Oh yeah, hardly a meal goes by without tomatoes lately. I know what you mean though, as much as I love my fresh winter greens, there is nothing like a fresh juicy tomato straight from the garden. But there's still a few weeks left!


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