Weekly Garden Update: Halloween

Roll Me Over, In the Clover…

It is All Hallows Eve, and we descended on the Garden in a fashion which must have been scary to the plants.


Butter beans


We ripped up all the tomatoes, the squash vines, the butter bean plants, the Tabasco and Ancho pepper plants, and the basil.  We took down the hummingbird feeders, having not seen a hummingbird in at least 3 weeks now.  We cut more plastic fencing to surround a few more of our boxes, worked some boxes where we pulled stuff up, put away trellises until spring, and generally did some tidying up.


Green beans


Out of all that we harvested a nice basket of butter beans, a lot of Tabasco peppers, another 30 ancho peppers, green beans, and a couple boxes worth of green tomatoes (some of which will turn ripe, and some of which we will make green tomato pickle or other things out of).  We are thrilled to have had green beans and butter bean production all the way to November, and we still have pepper plants budding.  No one knows how long we can continue that harvest, I guess until we get a hard freeze.


Pile o' Peppers



Green tomatoes


We also harvested all the current crop of red cayennes and Serrano peppers.  Kale and mustard and other greens were harvested today as well.


Mess o' Greens


This past week we harvested the last watermelon.  And then we cut it open, and it was pink and green and delicious.  We were very happy to get such a nice tasting and firm textured melon at last.


Moon & Stars Watermelon


Garlic Planting!  Today we finally planted 2 boxes of garlic, approximately 128 plants, in hopes of a garlicy-green springtime to come.


Lemongrass Plant


The lemongrass plant is so large now that we cut out 3 large canes of it, and can’t tell where we cut them out.


Lemongrass stalks


We have volunteer dill coming up in both containers where we had dill earlier this year, and they’re doing great!




The clover is sprouting up everywhere, the annual red clover in the boxes, and the perennial red and white clovers all over the yard.


In the Clover


The whetherpeople (no I didn’t spell that wrong) are hinting that we might have a freeze coming up this next weekend.  If that looks like a serious prediction later in the week, I’ll be dragging out the burlap for some of our remaining growing things.


Bottles of Tabasco Peppers


I have 2 pans of peppers drying in the oven as I write this.  And I separated out my tabascos and some cayennes to make bottles of North Carolina pepper sauce, which is *mostly* vinegar and said peppers.  Based on how they look sitting in bottles by themselves, I predict they will at least look aesthetic.  Before thanksgiving, we’ll be compounding our chili powder for the year out of the different varieties of dried peppers we have.


Garlic box 1


Box o' Brassica

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8 Responses to “Weekly Garden Update: Halloween”

  1. Emily Says:

    What a harvest! I hope you enjoy all those peppers and pepper sauces.

  2. Michelle Says:

    That’s an impressive harvest. The bottles of Tabasco peppers are pretty. Do you use the spicy vinegar on those messes of greens?

  3. Tyra i Vaxholm Says:

    What a harvest indeed! Amazed by the gorgeous watermelon and lenomgrass, they are not the easiest of crop to grow. Well done!!!


  4. thyme2garden Says:

    You have so many pictures here, I don’t even know where to begin with the comments! The one that really stood out was the bottles of Tabasco peppers, and I see that Michelle commented on the same thing! And how totally cool that you got a nice watermelon this late in the fall!

  5. kitsapFG Says:

    Holy Moly! That is a great harvest for so late in the season. Have to second the prior comments that the peppers in the bottles and the pile of peppers are pretty dang impressive! Well done.

  6. Daphne Gould Says:

    Those peppers look so pretty in their jars. I’m impressed that you make your own chili powder. I’d like to be able to do that too. What mix of peppers do you use?

    • foodgardenkitchen Says:

      Whatever I have, honestly. There is no set recipe for chili powder. This year our el chacos didn’t do anything, so if I only use this year’s peppers I’ll be combining dried ground cayenne, jalapeno, serrano, and ancho peppers. But I’m not going to make a lot, the cayenne by itself has so much flavor and depth compared to other ground dried that I’ve gotten that I’m enjoying adding it by itself, and I suspect the same will be true of the others.

  7. meemsnyc Says:

    I really love the bottles of peppers. Just gorgeous! The lemon grass plant looks amazing too! Is it easy to grow?

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