Monday, November 18, 2013

Harvest Monday - November 18, 2013

The Amazing Romanesco Zucchini produced a couple more zucchini early last week. Not there yet...

Romanesco zucchini

The fall planting of Di Ciccio broccoli produced a couple more heads. One nice big one and one rather, um, modest one. Both were equally delicious.

Di Ciccio broccoli

Tomatoes still! The plants are ugly and one of today's projects is to start pulling out the worst of them. But some of them are still producing. Isis Candy has been and still is prolific.

Isis Candy cherry tomatoes
Jaune Flamme has been quite productive also. There are still tomatoes ripening on the plant so it will get to stay a while longer.

Jaune Flamme

Nyagous and Green Grape are still producing a few tomatoes but the tomatoes on the vines are dwindling.

Nyagous and Green Grape cherry

There are still a number of peppers ripening. The nice thing about the shorter, cooler days is that the ripe peppers are keeping well on the plants and I'm not in a huge rush to harvest them which would mean I have to do something with them...

Lady Bell, Sweet Chocolate, Happy Yummy, and Isleta Long

The last of the Black Futsu squash were ready to harvest. The two vines produced 25.4 pounds of mature squash between them. I pulled the vines out yesterday and found that there were new squash that had set, but they were not big enough to keep and there's no hope that they would mature so they went into the compost bin.

More amazing Romanesco zucchini. But still .3 ounces shy...

One more pepper harvest, these are Piment doux long des Landes, a beautiful sweet pepper from France, good either green or ripe or somewhere in between.

Piment doux long des Landes

The remaining two Di Ciccio broccoli plants from the spring planting are still produce some good shoots.

Di Ciccio broccoli

I shelled the 2013 harvest of Greek Gigante beans - 5.2 pounds total. Last year I got 7.3 pounds, there were two or three fewer plants this year, but hey, what do you want from 2 year old bean plants!

Gigante Beans

There's a couple of harvests that didn't get photographed. When I cleaned out the bolting overgrown fall "greens" I found a number of perfectly good rapini shoots. At the same time I harvested all the ripe peppers off of the volunteer Aji Angelo plant. And I'm still weighing my garlic as I pull the heads off of the bundles that are hanging in my pantry (and keeping quite well there).

The weather has been feeling decidedly autumnal the last few days. Did it really get to nearly 80ºF last Wednesday? And there's rain in the forecast, thank goodness, it has been incredibly dry here this year, we've gotten .54 inches (yes, point 54 inches) of rain since July 1 and only about 12 inches in the preceding year. I'm hoping for a long gentle soaking rain.

Here's the harvests for the past week:

Greek Gigante beans - 5 lb., 2.9 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 1 lb., 13.5 oz.
Lorz Italian garlic - 2.8 oz.
Aji Angelo peppers - 12.7 oz.
Happy Yummy peppers - 13.9 oz.
Isleta Long peppers - 14.7 oz.
Lady Bell peppers - 1 lb., 8.1 oz.
Piment doux long des Landes peppers - 1 lb., 2.6 oz.
Sweet Chocolate peppers - 7.7 oz.
Early Rapini - 1 lb., 13.6 oz.
Green Grape cherry tomatoes - 11.9 oz.
Isis Candy cherry tomatoes - 4 lb., 1.4 oz.
Jaune Flamme tomatoes - 2 lb., 11 oz.
Nyagous tomatoes - 1 lb., 10.8 oz.
Black Futsu squashes - 10 lb., 6.6 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 2 lb., 11 oz.

The total harvests for the past week came to - 37 lb., 1.2 oz.
Which brings the total harvests for the year up to - 876 lb., 11.9 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. Regarding the Romanesco zucchini...don't forget to count the few you likely snacked on when they were young!!

    It poured with rain all day here in Nova Scotia, but 12 degrees C so not too horrible. The cold frames were uncovered to take advantage of one of the last good soaks before snow arrives.

    Lovely to read your harvests and weather from such a long way away. Thanks.

  2. Beautiful harvest as usual, how many De Ciccio plants do you have? How's the taste of chocolate bell pepper compare to the yummy pepper?

  3. Isis candy is one of my favorite cherry tomatoes. It has such a distinct fruity flavor. I will have to try and grow it again next year.

  4. Your climate is really, really dry isn't it? I hope you get your soak. Your crops still look amazing though. I am already thinking I haven't planted nearly enough peppers as I look longingly at your photos.

  5. I love those beans. But then I'm a bean freak. I don't know what I'd do without beans.

  6. How is the flavor and texture of black futsu squash? Could you not use the young black futsu like a summer squash?


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