Monday, November 12, 2012

Harvest Monday - November 12, 2012

I do believe that "summer" has nearly gasped its last breath around here. There were tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and zucchini in the harvest basket in the past two weeks, but the amounts have dwindled and will soon be gone.

Sunshine and Wheatly's Frost Resistant cherry tomatoes,
Nyagous, Jaune Flamme, and Rosabec tomatoes

The tomatoes have pretty much quit ripening on the vine this week as the temperatures have plunged.


There was one more good  harvest of vine ripened Fiaschetto tomatoes and there's still a good amount of half ripe and a few green fruits left on the plants. I may pull the plants and hang them in the garage to see if the rest of the tomatoes will ripen up on the vines.

Martian Giant and Amish Paste

There were a few more beautiful Martian Giant and Amish Paste tomatoes that ripened in the garden as well. These have been keeping well indoors so we should be enjoying "fresh" tomatoes for another week or so.

Flamingo Bell, Da Fiore zucchini, Kamo and Sicilian eggplants

That's the last ripe Flamingo Bell and the next to last harvest of zucchini. I pulled all the zucchini plants out on Saturday and today I'll be planting garlic in that space. The nearly dead cucumber vines also came out to make way for the garlic. I harvested all the sizable Kamo and Sicilian eggplants but didn't have time to harvest the rest of the eggplants. I hope that they have survived the plunge in nighttime temperatures, I'll find out today.

Last Friday I harvested but did not manage to photograph the rest of the ripe peppers, a few broccoli shoots, and some kale.

The weather in the past couple weeks swung from fall back to summer and then made a complete about-face to winter. We went from highs in the 60ºs which then progressed to highs in the 80º's and low 90ºs and then the highs plunged to the 50ºs and low 60ºs with nighttime temperatures dropping down to 40º and the high 30º's. The temperatures have been swinging back and forth for the past couple of months but this turn to the cold side feels like it's here to stay. It was a little weird the other night to be dining on a tart with garden fresh tomatoes and then cuddling up in front of the first fire of the season. We had a couple of systems come through that dropped a fair amount of rain (that's the blips where the nighttime temps stayed in the 50ºs). We've had enough rain this month to get the wild grasses growing and the brown hillsides will soon be sporting fresh green coats.

I was gone for much of the week before last so I didn't harvest much that week so here's the harvests for the past two weeks:

Apollo broccoli - 12 oz.
Kamo eggplant - 7 oz.
Sicilian eggplant - 9.9 oz.
Lark's Tongue kale - 4 oz.
Aji Angelo peppers - 15.7 oz.
Aji Pineapple peppers - .6 oz.
Big Jim peppers - 2.9 oz.
Flamingo bell peppers - 2.3 oz.
Havana peppers - 2.1 oz.
Lady Bell peppers - 1 lb., 3.7 oz.
Large Sweet Antigua peppers - 1 lb., 1.1 oz.
Liebesapfel peppers - 11.2 oz.
Mayo Pimento peppers - 3 oz.
Melrose peppers - 9.6 oz.
Morocco peppers - 9.4 oz.
Padron peppers - 8.8 oz.
Shephard's Ramshorn peppers - 13.8 oz.
Sigaretta Dolce peppers - 3 oz.
Yellow Manzano peppers - 1.8 oz.
Amish Paste tomatoes - 5 lb., .6 oz.
Fiaschetto tomatoes - 67.8 oz.
Jaune Flamme tomatoes - 4.4 oz.
Martian Giant tomatoes - 6 lb., 14.9 oz.
Nyagous tomatoes - 9.3 oz.
Rosabec tomatoes - 11.7 oz.
Sunshine cherry tomatoes - 7.2 oz.
Wheatly's Frost Resistant cherry tomatoes - 15.4 oz.
Da Fiore zucchini - 2 lb., 4.3 oz.

The harvest totals for the past two weeks came to - 31 lb., 1.5 oz.
Which brings the total harvests for the year up to - 681 lb., 11.6 oz.

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.


  1. Your weather really has been quite wild in it's swings this year. We had a late and lovely fall that changed overnight to rainy/cool fall. Pretty much our normal conditions so no complaining about it here. What I would not give to be bringing in so many beautiful ripe tomatoes as you have been doing. Gorgeous!

  2. Beautiful harvests. If I could still eat tomatoes and it was cold I'd be eating tomato soup. Or minestrone soup. Yum.

  3. Love your beautiful fresh tomatoes! They are just a memory here. There've been wild temperature swings everywhere I think. We're a mild (for us) mid 60's today but will be down to 40s in a day or so. Not as extreme as yours though!

  4. What a great harvest of late tomatoes !!! love the look of those little Fiaschetto ones. I just planted out my tomato seedlings this week and cannot wait to get a fresh tomato to my table!!!

  5. That's a great haul of tomatoes. I am sure it's yummy.

  6. I have little tomatoes slowing growing and I have to say I can't wait - I'd love it if they look as good as yours.

  7. Beautiful tomatoes, do you freeze your summer squash?


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