Frost has finally nipped the peppers and eggplants in our vegetable garden. I harvested the last peppers this week just before Thanksgiving, while the eggplants stopped producing several weeks ago. We are having some Giant Marconi and Yummy peppers on our salads today for lunch. The ample rains this year have been kind to the many peppers we grow, and we have enjoyed a bumper harvest for drying, freezing, and eating fresh. The Yummy peppers are a mini-bell type that turn orange when ripe and are, well, YUMMY!
But today I called it quits and my wife and I pulled the plants and put them on the compost pile. Then I spread a thick layer of leaves over the ground to decompose over the winter. I’ve cleaned up the garden in stages this year, starting with the sweet potato vines then moving on to where winter squash grew. All that’s left to do now is to pull up the tomato cages and get rid of those vines. The kale, collards, and Brussels sprouts will last well on into the winter – usually the kale overwinters if we don’t eat it all first.
While I was out with the camera I couldn’t resist shooting photos of a couple of blooming plants that are defying the seasons. First we have a Rudbeckia hirta ‘Gloriosa’ volunteer that is still in bloom on this next-to-last day of November.
An then we have the reblooming iris My Friend Jonathan, which is still going strong in my wife’s iris garden. She planted it in fall of 2008, and it is just now blooming. I have to say it is making up for lost time! This brick-red beauty still has a couple of buds left to open. It is always nice to find the unexpected in our gardens!