Once again it’s time for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. It was a light harvest week for me here as I concentrated most of my efforts in getting the new greenhouse put up. I did get a few things though, including a few more winter squashes. Festival acorn squash has been a great producer and is tasty as well, so it is in the plans for next year. Baked Potatoes was also a great producer, and I found one of them I had missed harvesting earlier. This batch weighed five pounds total, with the largest Festival coming in at 1.75 pounds. They both seem to be pretty good keepers too, at least so far.
I made another cutting of collards greens too. This batch was one I grew last year called Yellow Cabbage. It has mild tasting and tender leaves, and I believe it is my favorite of the ones I’ve tasted so far this year. The so-called “cabbage” collards are ones that try and form a small head, though these haven’t done so yet.
The first of the fall broccoli was ready for cutting last week. This was Happy Rich and my wife got a pic of me cutting it one morning when she went with me to the garden. The fall brassicas are doing well despite the unusually hot weather and the drought, which is a testimony to the benefits of mulching. This was just enough broccoli for a taste, but I also have more plants showing signs of heading. With these broccolini types it’s more about the side shoots anyway, which should keep going until really cold weather gets here.
I managed to find a couple of pounds of pole beans last week too. I haven’t watered the plants, so the ones that are still producing are real troopers for sure! Most of these wound up in the freezer.
And I found some ripe sweet peppers as well. Lemme’s Italian is an heirloom Italian frying pepper I’m growing for the first time this year. It’s a bit shorter and quite a bit later than Jimmy Nardello, but otherwise similar in shape and in taste. A whole flush of these ripened at once to give us a much needed bit of sweet peppers.
In non-harvest news, we did manage to get the greenhouse up last week, and I’ve been busy finishing the inside and outside work. I hope to do another update on the project later this week.
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!