Monday, November 4, 2013

Harvest Monday - November 4, 2013

Not bad looking tomatoes for November, aren't they? Vine ripened and still flavorful in spite of some nighttime lows in the high 30ºF's. I also harvested but did not photograph more of nearly all the other varieties of tomatoes in the garden.

Potiron Ecarlate

Vine ripened melons in November too! These are the last of them, I pulled the vines out on Saturday.

Alvaro Charentais

Ripe peppers keep coming in also, one of the Lady Bell's got a bit munched where it contacted the soil but was otherwise still good.

Lady Bell

Piment doux long des Landes, Liebesapfel, Sweet Chocolate

A few more figs have ripened but are looking a little battered after some rain and cold. They are sweet though. Do you think the tree took heed when I threatened to rip it out because none of the figs were ripening? They were just drying up and falling off so I had decided that I could make better use of the space. Every time I went out to check on the tree and found another leathery fig about ready to fall off the tree I told it You Are Toast, I'm ripping you out this winter. I may give it another year, maybe...

Panache fig

The heat loving amaranth is hanging in there just long enough to give me a couple of final harvests. I wrote a post about amaranth the other day if you are interested in learning a bit more about this leafy green.

Tender Green amaranth and a Chianti Rose tomato
Ah, this looks more like a fall harvest. A number of the Black Futsu squashes were ready to harvest, these all passed the fingernail test and there are 3 more good sized ones left on the vines that need to harden a bit more. The largest of these was 3.8 pounds (1.7 kilos) and the smallest was 1.25 pounds (.6 kilos). I haven't tried this variety before, either in the garden or in the kitchen. What I like about them is the size, they are perfect for cooking up for 2 to 4 servings. I hope they taste good.

Black Futsu squash
The weather has been pretty typical for this time of year. It might be sunny, warm, and beautiful or it might be sunny, cool, and beautiful or it might be cloudy, cool and crummy, perhaps even wet - we've had it all in the past week.

There were a number of harvests that I tallied but did not photograph, including lettuce, kale, zucchini,  cucumbers, and more tomatoes.

Here's the harvest details for the past week:

Tender Green Amaranth - 13.5 oz.
Green Fingers Persian cucumbers - 3.1 oz.
Tasty Green Japanese cucumbers - 6.2 oz.
Lacinato kale - 1 lb., .9 oz.
Sweetie Baby romaine lettuce - 9.1 oz.
Alvaro melons - 4 lb., 10.4 oz.
Lady Bell peppers - 2 lb., 6.3 oz.
Liebesapfel peppers - 1 lb., 4.6 oz.
Piment doux long des Landes peppers - 5.6 oz.
Sweet Chocolate peppers - 13.2 oz.
Andine Cornue tomatoes - 7 lb., 3.8 oz.
Chianti Rose tomatoes - 9.8 oz.
Green Grape cherry tomatoes - 1 lb., 2.9 oz.
Jaune Flamme tomatoes - 3 lb., 9.2 oz.
Nyagous tomatoes - 3 lb., 1.1 oz.
Potiron Ecarlate tomatoes - 4 lb., 11.3 oz.
Black Futsu winter squashes - 14 lb., 5.5 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 1 lb., 6.6 oz.

The harvest totals for the past week came to - 49 lb., 5.1 oz.
Which boosts the harvest totals for the year up to - 794 lb., 2.2 oz.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne on her blog Daphne's Dandelions, head on over there to see what other garden bloggers from around the world have been harvesting lately.


  1. What a wonderful harvest for November! Amazing tomatoes!

  2. Wow, those colors! Everything is so bright and beautiful.

  3. I grew Black Futsu last year. I liked the squash well enough, but it just didn't produce well for me. It looks like you got quite a few though.

  4. Those are lovely looking tomatoes for November, or any other month! I am curious as to how the Black Futsu taste. I see it is a moschata type, and it might wind up on my 2014 growing list if it's tasty.

  5. Beautiful harvest as always Michelle! I have yet to grow a decent tasting melon in my garden. Hopefully next year will be different.

  6. When I checked my garden yesterday, noticed my garden was hit by killing frost and my amaranth plants die, no more harvest until next year.
    The reason your figs were drying up and falling off could be due to lack of water. Next year try keeping your fig tree well watered all the time and see if that will make a difference.

    1. That's the typical explanation for figs that dry up before they ripen but I don't think that's the case for my tree. It was on a regular watering schedule and not allowed to get too dry. I do believe it is because the climate is a bit too cool here.

  7. Those tomatoes look just beautiful. We are having a pretty cool Spring so my plants are growing ever so slowly at the moment. As a result it will be a while before I manage to harvest anything quite so fabulous (if I ever manage to....)

  8. Impressive tomatoes for November! Lovely peppers and melons too. I have some amaranth seeds and want to try growing some next year. I have no idea how it will do in my climate. I may grow it in a pot so I can bring in the plant on cool nights.

  9. Everything is beautiful, but am most envious of the tomatoes! It's a long time until we have fresh ones again...


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