18 September Weekly Garden Update

Bell Pepper

Weekly Harvests:  Tomatoes, green beans, peppers, okra, field peas, butter beans, a summer squash

Peas & Tomatoes

Fall Harvest Array with Summer Squash

Fall Veggies

Thank goodness we like green beans

The one picture with only tomatoes & peas was taken on a day when we went out to harvest and withing 5 minutes it starting pouring rain (like:  drop.  drop.  dropdrop, bottom falls out).  We had to abandon our picking efforts for the day.

The summer squash comes from a surviving plant of our 2nd round of planting.  SVBs got one of the other squash plants this week.  We removed the oldest haricot vert plants, they just finally gave out.

We put up some more cattle panel trellises to better support some of these outrageous pepper plants.  I measured one pepper plant today at over 7′ long, though it is bent under the weight of several growing peppers.

The 3 El Chaco pepper plants just weren’t making viable peppers.  The peppers always seemed on the verge of being “rotty”.  We liked the El Chaco peppers the first year we grew them (3 years ago) but we haven’t had success with them since.  They are very finicky, at least here.  These plants were the last of the seeds and we won’t be ordering more.

Because of time commitments we have spent less time in the garden this past week.  That means that later today and this week we’ll be catching up on the harvesting, to be reported next week.

Boo! Woo! Shoooo!

Mr. Harvey Scarecrow has joined us.  The dog objected loudly at first, but after some sniffing decided that it didn’t have to be torn limb from limb quite yet.

Side Garden

September Garden 1

Garden 2

Garden 3

Basil

Our fall and winter crops are coming along nicely.  With the onset of cooler weather, the parsley, cilantro, thyme and lettuce railing boxes are perking up considerably.  The tomatoes have slowed waaaaay down, but so far continue to ripen in dribs and drabs.  If we were production farmers we’d have already pulled up the tomatoes, but it doesn’t hurt us to let them trickle in a few every 3-4 days.  I’m roasting some in the oven with salt and olive oil until nearly dessicated — they store well in the refrigerator this way and are good for adding to anything that I’m cooking.

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8 Responses to “18 September Weekly Garden Update”

  1. Jody Says:

    Your fall garden looks very active. It looks like you’ll keep producing well into the frost. Your harvests this week are very colorful. I wish we were still getting peppers.

  2. Robin Says:

    Your garden does look very healthy for this time of the year! It’s definitely been a good year for peppers….7′ is crazy!! I thought that mine are big at 4′!

    Enjoy those few tomatoes coming in!

  3. kitsapfg Says:

    Mr Harvey Scarecrow is pretty darn cute! I had to laugh at the dogs reaction as we have had that happen before with something new in the garden and our old dog about wet her pants thinking it was an invader from mars. LOL!

    Your peppers are so impressive – they just keep producing like crazy.

  4. Randy Larson Says:

    That’s a nice mix of color! Good luck with the fall harvest. How cold will it get there, and when, I wonder.

  5. Madame C Says:

    How lovely to get to see so many different views from your garden! It looks fantastic:)
    Take care,
    Charlotta

  6. Barbie Says:

    Your gardens are beautiful and the peppers are looking better than ever!

  7. Veggie PAK Says:

    Your garden looks like a national park! Very, very nice! We can see that you really put a lot of time and effort into it. Beautiful vegetables, too!

  8. meemsnyc Says:

    I love all the views of your garden! Everything looks so lush and amazing! Jealous!

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