Harvest Monday September 23, 2019

It’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. We’ve been in a bit of a drought here for about a month. Overall, we’ve had more rain than normal in 2019, but things eventually do dry out and the garden is showing signs of that now. The pole beans are holding up well though, and I’m still getting a good amount of them. The Non Tough Half Runner  and NC Market Greasy Cut Short beans are joined by a few Blauhilde in the below photo.

pole beans

I’m getting more ripe peppers for drying now, including types for paprika, chile powder and gochugaru flakes. El Eden is a gaujillo type, and Dulce Rojo is one of my favorites for paprika.

peppers for drying

Amazing 2 is a hybrid Korean drying pepper used to season kimchi. When I dried these and ground them up they made a bright red powder with a mild heat. I’m looking forward to using them for kinchi when the veggies are ready.

Amazing 2 peppers

The tomatoes are not liking the hot and dry conditions and are taking a break. I did get quite a few of the green when ripe Green Bee, and a few assorted others.

green bee tomatoes

Green Bee tomatoes

Another bean still producing is the Buenos Aires Roja. It has big tender pods, and has held up well in the hot and dry conditions.

Buenos Aires Roja beans

The sweet peppers are still producing too. The Italian heirlooms Jimmy Nardello and Melrose have given us lots of fruit to eat fresh and for cooking. We also enjoy these two roasted in the oven.

Jimmy Nardello and Melrose peppers

I’ll close with a mixed harvest photo which included sweet peppers, eggplant, squash and broccoli.

mid September harvest

The Purple Peacock broccoli makes a small main head with more side shoots that follow. It has frilly leaves like kale which are also edible. For now I was happy getting the florets, which we roasted briefly in the oven. The flavor is much like purple sprouting broccoli, which is certainly resembles.

Purple Peacock broccoli

Harvest Monday is a day to show off your harvests, how you are saving your harvest, or how you are using your harvest. If you have a harvest you want to share, add your name and blog link to Mr Linky below. And be sure and check out what everyone is harvesting!


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7 Responses to Harvest Monday September 23, 2019

  1. Sue Garrett says:

    It’s been dry here too nit we had rain most of Sunday.Our outdoor tomatoes have the beginnings of blight. Although it;s been dry we have had heavy dew on a morning.

  2. Will - Eight Gate Farm - NH says:

    A drought and still killer harvests. A tribute to your gardening powers! I always wondered how you tell when green tomatoes are ripe. I read somewhere that you wait until the soften; is this your technique?

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      I’m still learning myself! I think these needed to stay on the vine a bit longer. Sometimes they turn a bit yellowish when ripe as well as soften. Some folks have been using these Green Bees in tempura batter, I’m thinking dredged in cornmeal and then sauteed in a little oil.

  3. What size plant is the Purple Peacock? When I’ve grown PSB, the plants are huge–4-5 feet high and take over my small garden. Only about 50% of the plants produce so I haven’t grown it for several years. Source for Purple Peacock? Thanks.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      So far, my Purple Peacock plants are the same size as broccoli plants. I got my seeds from Wild Garden Seed. So far only one plant of four is heading, but they’re still young.

  4. Margaret says:

    The purple sprouting broccoli looks wonderful! I couldn’t keep the broccoli going this year – there was an infestation of something (still not sure what) under the netting that pretty much decimated all of the brassicas under the netting.

  5. Michelle says:

    You are, as usual, harvesting an interesting assortment of veggies. I kept my summer garden to a minimum this year so there’s not much coming out of it now except some sweet peppers and a trickle of other things. I did manage to get a few things in for harvesting this fall and winter (hopefully). And there’s a couple varieties of dry beans that should be ready before the weather gets wet. It was nice to take a break from the garden but I’m feeling the need to grow some things returning. Maybe I’ll even resurrect the blog.

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