It's the last week of September and we are finally enjoying a bit of cooler weather. I'm starting to do some end of season cleanup on each bed which involves removing all of the spent plants & weeds and applying a topping of compost. Then, of course, I stand back and admire that nice clean bed which is full of potential for next year :)
One of the beds that I cleared out was the sickest of the tomato beds - Bed #2. I didn't actually harvest a lot from that bed as it's production was pretty much done. Bed #1 is also in rapid decline, but there are a few large tomatoes in it. I'm waiting just until they start to show a bit of colour, then I'll be picking them and clearing out the bed.
|Trail of Tears beans (for drying); Summer Dance cucumbers|
Tomatoes: Amos Coli, Speckled Roman, Juliet, Mystery tomato & Sungold
The cucumbers plants are on their last legs - this may have been the last harvest. I do see a couple of babies so I'm leaving them, although I think it is unlikely they will mature, given the condition of the plants.
An inquisitive tromboncino was picked:
This one was tangled in the bean trellis - hence the question mark shape - and I harvested it when I pulled the bean vines down this past week. It was a bit past it's prime - you can see that the skin has turned from a light green to a yellowish green - so it needed to be peeled, but it was still delicious in a stir fry with peppers. Just as a side note, this variety can also be left to mature on the vine and used as a winter squash. I've not done that yet but maybe one day, I'll give it a go.
The peppers are a VERY bright spot in the garden this year:
|Clockwise from the top left: Feher Ozon, Melrose, Chervena Chushka,|
Pepperoncino & Lemon Drop in the center
|Corne de Chevre, Jalapeno & Mint|
I have to remind myself that a bumper pepper harvest is one of the benefits of having a super hot summer. Which brings me to one crop that did not appreciate the hot weather at all - the potatoes.
|Clockwise from the top: Viking, Linzer, Bintje|
I removed the netting from the chard bed a couple of weeks ago and it seems to have appreciated that. The netting is a necessity for a good chunk of the season, otherwise the chard is under leaf miner attack:
|Peppermint & Fordhook Giant chard together with|
Packman & Munchkin side-shoots
The broccoli shoots in the chard basket are the last of them from my Packman and Munchkin plants, both of which were pulled this past weekend. The Arcadia plants, however, are still standing and there are easily a dozen or more side shoots developing, even after this picking:
Also harvested but not photographed were a few favas that I picked when I cleaned up the bed, an eggplant and a couple of bunching onions.
My harvest totals this week were:
Fava Beans – 108 grams (0.24 lbs)
Broccoli – 572 grams (1.26 lbs)
Carrots – 495 grams (1.09 lbs)
Cucumbers – 1,050 grams (2.31 lbs)
Eggplant – 140 grams (0.31 lbs)
Bunching Onions – 62 grams (0.14 lbs)
Sweet Peppers – 1,406 grams (3.10 lbs)
Hot Peppers – 840 grams (1.85 lbs)
Potatoes – 6,229 grams (13.73 lbs)
Summer Squash – 994 grams (2.19 lbs)
Swiss Chard = 1,390 grams (3.06 lbs)
Tomatoes – 2,358 grams (5.20 lbs)
Total for Week – 15,644 grams (34.49 lbs)
Total to Date – 200.43 kg (441.86 lbs)
To see what everyone else has been harvesting over the past week, head on over to Our Happy Acres where Dave is our host for Harvest Mondays.