Monday, October 13, 2014

Harvest Monday - October 13, 2014

The harvests were a lot lighter this past week and I don't have many photos to show either since I tended to harvest at the end of the day and didn't have time to take photos before I lost the natural light (my indoor lighting is terrible for photos). There also could have been more in the tally this week if I had gotten around to harvesting more ripe peppers, there's a bunch more in the garden but I just didn't get to it.

This was my harvest Sunday morning. You can see I started to harvest the peppers but the weather got surprisingly hot which drove me indoors before I could finish the job. That's the last Alvaro Charentais melon, I pulled the plants and put them in the compost. It turns out that just 2 vines produced 28.7 pounds of good melons.

These are all the ears of Cascade Ruby Gold flint corn that came from my 15 plants. It didn't take long to shuck the ears, one evening in front of the TV. The net was 2 lb., 4.5 oz of the Gold and 3 lb., 4.8 oz. of the Ruby.

These are the remaining ears of Floriani Red flint corn that I cut from the plants on Friday. I had harvested 6 ears earlier which fortunately were all full of kernels since the ears on the windward side of the patch didn't pollinate at all well. These are finishing drying inside and I haven't shucked any yet so they aren't included in the tally.

The harvests that didn't get photographed last week included a few nice handfuls of beans from the struggling new planting of beans, more broccoli shoots, loads of cucumbers from the happy new plants, a few radishes and some zucchini.

I came up with one new dish this week that Dave really enjoyed. I stuffed some roasted sweet peppers with a mixture of goat cheese and confited garlic, added a sprinkle of crispy whole wheat bread crumbs, and baked them with a drizzle of good olive oil. Big yum.

Here's the harvests for the past week:

Australian Butter beans - 9.6 oz.
Emerite Filet beans - 6.2 oz.
Di Ciccio broccoli - 1 lb., 4.5 oz.
Cascade Ruby Gold flint corn - 5 lb., 9.3 oz.
Green Fingers Persian cucumbers - 3 lb., 10.6 oz.
Alvaro Charentais melon - 2 lb., 5.3 oz.
Lady Bell pepper - 6.3 oz.
Padron peppers - 7.1 oz.
Tarahumara Chile Colorado peppers - 1 lb., .6 oz.
Pink Beauty radishes - 2.4 oz.
Pink Punch radishes - 1 oz.
Helios radishes - .8 oz.
Romanesco zucchini - 4.2 oz. (last gasp)
Tromba D'Albenga zucchini - 3 lb., 12.1 oz.

The harvests for the past week were - 20 lb.
Which brings the harvests for 2014 up to - 1,012 lb., 15.8 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. That is just an incredible haul from the Alvaro melon plants. Love the photo of the "round" of flint corn - very artistic - and that roasted pepper dish sounds delicious.

  2. What beautiful harvests! The corn is really gorgeous. I know what you mean about not having enough light to take good photos...

  3. I agree with other commenters - the corn looks really special, even if the cobs are lightly-populated. All of us bloggers suffer from the lack of light issue you mention - especially in the Winter time! The only place I get decent indoor photos in on top of our cooker, using the lights from the cooker hood.

  4. I think of your climate as cool but I guess it gets real hot this time of year. No wonder you can grow all these wonderful melons and peppers. We're battening down the hatches, but at least winters here kill off a lot of undesirables in the garden. No rats here, nor armadillos (yet). The flint corn is beautiful, nice job.

  5. And more beautiful corn. I really do love the corn harvests people have this week. It is just so pretty.

  6. 28 pounds from 2 vines?! Incredible haul for sure, congratulations. And I agree with everyone else on the gorgeous corn. That stuffed pepper dish sounds delicious - I actually have all of the ingredients in the fridge and I think I'll give that a go.

  7. I bet that corn will make some colorful corn meal. And the garlic confit sounds yummy. I can see me trying that soon!

  8. I too am impressed with your beautiful corn. 28+ pounds of melon from just 2 vines this has to be a record.

  9. Michelle- What a beautiful corn harvest! I am anxious to see how you process and cook it. I certainly agree with you about noting having enough light in the evenings. It is dusk here around 6:30 these days and will only get worse! Your new recipe sounds wonderful -you had me at garlic and goat cheese! Post it please if you have the time. Happy gardening.

  10. The coloured corn is fascinating. Excuse my ignorance be what is shucking?

    1. Oops, your comment snuck by me. Shucking is the process of removing the kernels of dried corn from the cobs.

  11. I think the Cascade Ruby Gold is even prettier than the Floriani.


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