In early October the garden is still giving us summer vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and okra, but their numbers are fading. As the seasons change, so do the harvests. Now we are also enjoying a variety of greens and other goodies that the autumn season brings us.
For salad greens right now we have our choice of lettuce, Chinese cabbage, arugula, endive and radish tops. A September planting of lettuce in one of the cold frame beds is just now sizing up. It was also good on these BLT sandwiches we enjoyed for lunch one day.
Peppers are still sizing up and ripening here with our warmish fall weather. The Fairy Tale and Pingtung Long eggplants are producing well too. We’re enjoying all of these warm season vegetables because we know that the first frost is just around the corner.
Yum Yum Gold peppers may not be huge, but they are big on taste and prolific. We love them grilled, which really brings out their sweetness.
This is my first time growing the Jimmy Nardello peppers, but it won’t be my last. They are on the Slow Food USA Ark of Taste, and I have to say they are a great tasting pepper. They’ve done well in what has been a difficult year for growing peppers.
Also ripening now are our Hot Yummy peppers. This one in my hand proved to be not very hot, but it was sweet and yummy. I am going to save seed from these unique peppers in hopes of keeping this strain going.
We’ve got the loose headed Tokyo Bekana Chinese cabbage that braved the August heat to give us some nice salad greens. It held up surprisingly well. We have some mini headed cabbages that are almost ready too.
And we got two of our ‘neck pumpkins’ this year. This butternut squash relative, aka Pennsylvania Dutch Crookneck Squash is great for pumpkin dishes. These two weighed a little over 7 pounds and will make several pies. I can see some pumpkin bread and muffins in my future too!
We’re also enjoying our kale. So far we’ve only harvested the Lacinato, but the other varieties are doing great this year. More on them and the other fall greens soon.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek at what we are harvesting here in October. For more gardener’s harvests, visit Daphne’s Dandelions. And may your gardens be ever productive!