It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. Thankfully we were spared any severe weather from what was left of Hurricane Laura as it went through our area, giving us a little rain and not much wind. We didn’t need the rain though, since we have had over eight inches of it in August. It is making the beans grow however, and the pole varieties are coming on strong. We ate about half of these and the rest went in the freezer.
I picked another batch of the black-eyed peas. I froze all of these, and the plants are not quite done for yet so I should get at least one more picking. I planted these as an edible cover crop, and they have served the purpose quite well. They have kept the weeds smothered out, and no doubt added a bit of nitrogen to the soil as well. The plants made a green addition to the compost bins when I pulled them too.
The Korean avocado squash Teot Bat Put has also done well this year. It and the zucchini shaped Meot Jaeng I Ae have produced quite well, and the squashes are tasty too. The Tromba d’Albenga is always a good performer for me, and I got a couple more of those last week.
I found a half dozen of the Celebration winter squash ready to harvest last week. I grew this one last year too and it has a sweet flesh and edible skin like a delicata, though it is listed as an acorn type. Some catalogs say it has a “compact bush habit” but I find it vines pretty like most other winter squashes. I guess “compact” is a relative term! I have it trained up a trellis so I don’t mind its rambling ways.
I’ve left several of the Centercut squashes on the vine to mature, and they are now starting to turn color. I am guessing some will be ready to harvest in a week or so, though they will need to cure like a butternut does before eating them.
The tomatoes are still producing enough to keep us supplied for fresh eating. I got a mixed bag of paste and cherry types along with two of the Chef’s Choice Pink slicers.
It has been a good year for eggplant here, and the long slender Asian types are keeping us well supplied. I have Orient Charm, Bride, Machiaw and Purple Shine in the below photo. We often cut these in half lengthwise and roast in the oven, which is what happened to this batch.
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!