14 October – Weekly Update

1 Day of Picking

Not to sound like a broken record – well yes, actually *to* sound like a broken record – we harvested LOTS of hot and sweet peppers this week, including cayenne, jalapeno, serrano, tabasco, habanero, red cherry bomb, bell peppers and pimiento peppers.  As well as field peas, butter beans, a very few green beans from a plant we haven’t pulled up for some reason, lettuce from boxes, and our first mustard greens.

Mustard

More Harvest

Lettuces

When we actually got out to the garden last Sunday we were stunned at how much there was to pick.

We removed the dutch crookneck winter squash vines. One of the small ones had withered and although the vines had produced another female squash it is too late in the season for it to mature. This was our first attempt to grow this variety and they were a disappointment. First we were plagued by germination problems, and by the time we had some successful germination it was just too late. We may try to grow a couple of these next year since I hate to give up on stuff after only one try.

We put up some of the flexible pipe in the front boxes to keep the netting off the stuff now growing in them.

Front Boxes under Netting

We removed the round 2 squash and cucumber plants. They were pretty much either dead or no longer producing and were starting to get powdery mildew. Overall round 2 was not great for production but the ones we got were nice to have.

One of our sweet pepper plants has been slowly wilting over the past 3 weeks but has been laden with peppers. We picked all the peppers off it and pulled the plant up. That’s why there are so many green peppers in one of the pictures. The field peas are slowly coming to an end. Their last big hurrah has been harvested and the only pods remaining are the very late ones.

A couple of the cabbages are starting to form heads!

Cabbage

All in all this season’s broccoli and cauliflower plants are among the healthiest ones we’ve managed to grow. Hopefully they will produce.

Leeks sizing up

Garlic planting is on the agenda for sometime this week.

Proselytizing:

An acre has 43,560 s.f.  But for the purpose of this paragraph, let’s assume that your average american with a house lives on 0.1 acres, or 4356 s.f. If their house has a footprint of 1,000 s.f., then they have 3356 s.f. left over.  If they would each put only 700 s.f. of that space (approximately 1/4 of the open space) in garden raised bed boxes, they’d have as much garden as we do – we can easily feed ourselves up to 80% of our produce for the year by our gardening. Even if there were 4 of us, that would be 40% of the year’s produce budget, which is significant – and you know where your food comes from and what goes into it. It’s nice in good times, but in hard times it could be very important indeed.  If a majority of the people would do this, it would radically change our sourcing for our food in this country and would be better for all of us. It is also one of the easiest ways that an individual can change themselves and the world at the same time all by themselves without needing a majority of the votes.

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6 Responses to “14 October – Weekly Update”

  1. Jenny Says:

    WOW! Those peppers are gorgeous and so many of them!

  2. Norma Chang Says:

    That sure is a lot of peppers for one day of picking.

  3. Patsy Says:

    Beautiful peppers and, well, everything else! Agree it would be nice if more people put their land to vegetable gardening; what a difference it would make.

  4. kitsapfg Says:

    Loved the last paragraph of your post this week. So very true.

    Amazingly abundant harvest again this week. Your peppers (the variety and volume) never cease to amaze me.

  5. maryhysong Says:

    Beautiful harvest! and love the info at the end. You are right, if only each family would try, we could sooo cut out a lot of industrial agriculture and lessen the demand for chemicals and over crowded animal systems. We so need to get back to each family doing for themselves as well as communities working together!

  6. crafty_cristy Says:

    Thanks for your “proselytizing”. I haven’t gotten to 700 sf of garden space yet. I don’t know if I get enough light in the other areas to accumulate that much, but I have made a start. I intend to expand year by year as much as light allows.

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