21 August Weekly Garden Update

We picked the “harvest” 6 days out of 7 this week.  Pictures follow:

Hoard #1

Stash #2

Crop #3

Cache #4

Gleanings #5

Store #6

Acquisition #7

Our hoard included tomatoes, massive quantities and varieties of peppers (cayenne, serrano, jalapeno, habanero, cherry bomb, bell, marconi, anaheim, italian relleno, pimiento), field peas, butter beans, blue lake green beans, a final gathering of haricots vert, beets, tomatillos.

We planted out transplants we had in the basement:  broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, swiss chard, broccoli raab, kale, mustard.


Transplants 2

The "raab"

Box 'o transplants

Our better half picked up some seeds.  She intended only to buy beet seeds, but came home with beets, chinese kale, collards (Georgia southern), and dwarf blue curled kale.  Seeds are so tempting!

The anaheims and rellenos we canned are gonna be fine for cooking in things, but aren’t nearly as good on their on as the other red sweet peppers we roasted and canned.  We’ll probably use up these in some mexican dishes, but in the future, I’ll restrict these peppers to being used in fresh cooking, in salsas, and in relishes.  As a consequence we have already adjusted next year’s planting to give us more bells & pimientos and fewer anaheims and italian rellenos.

The gathered field peas and butter beans have been blanched and frozen.  7 meals of field peas and 4 meals of butter beans so far.

The-Squash-That-Ate-Sheboygan continues to spread, down the length of one whole box, turn the corner, and down 3 boxes.  At least it has some butternuts growing on it.

Up one side...

...and down 'de other...

We seeded more carrots and beets this week.  The previously seeded head lettuce is coming up, and some of the previously seeded carrots are too!  Kale and collards and most radishes appear to be germinating well.

We removed our “round 2” zucchini plant, a squash vine borer got it just as it was getting to production size.  We’re picking the remaining tomatoes before they’re fully ripe because squirrels have begun stealing them as they ripen.  The tomatoes are very slow right now, and we’re not expecting to have canning quantities again this year.

Processing the peppers this week includes:  salsa verde (twice), canned relish (7 pints), canned sweet peppers (again, 2 pints this time), habanero hot pepper jelly (6 jars), and fresh peppers in half the things we eat.  I also dried an entire sheet of cayennes and then ground them into fresh powder.

Running Conch Peas

garden 1

August Garden

Kaolin Clay on Squash

Butter Beans


Cherry Bomb Peppers


Volunteer Butternut


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8 Responses to “21 August Weekly Garden Update”

  1. Mike Says:

    Loved seeing all those peppers…beautiful. I have a bit of butter bean envy, they just won’t grow for us.

  2. kitsapFG Says:

    Clever you with so many alternate names for “harvest”! I think instead of “store” it should have been “Score!” 😀

    I thought the huge squash plant had a bad case of powdery mildew going on it – but then saw in another photo you mentioned the kaolin clay being used and realized what I was really seeing was your defence against the SVBs. Judging by the great health of those plants – it must be working wonderfully.

    Your garden is looking very good!

  3. Tasty Travels Says:

    Wow! Beautiful peppers! Nice start to your fall garden!

  4. Bee Girl Says:

    Beautiful harvests and garden shots!!! Everything looks so happy…no wonder your harvests are so large 🙂

  5. Barbie Says:

    Now that is a squash plant!

  6. Gayle Says:

    What a huge variety of things you can grow! I am so envious of your long growing season. It’s over before you know it around here.

  7. Daphne Says:

    Wonderful harvest. I didn’t plant any pea successions this year so no more peas for me. Hopefully I’ll get lots of carrots though.

  8. Ben Czajkowski Says:

    Wow, what a great harvest this week! Such a variety. I was envious of the tomatillos.

    And I agree: Seeds are so tempting! I spend way too much time looking at weird and wonderful things I’d love to try to grow sometime!

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