Harvest Monday August 31, 2020

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.

pole bean harvest

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.

Fast Lady Northern Southern peas

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.

Korean avocado squash

Meot Jaeng I Ae and Tromba d’Albenga squash

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.

Celebration squash

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.

Centercut squash maturing

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.

tomato harvest

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.

Asian eggplants

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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12 Responses to Harvest Monday August 31, 2020

  1. Li says:

    Thanks for all the glorious pics. Do you eat “pea shoots”? It’s actually just the curly, young ends of the plants, before they become actual pods, I think. I can only find these in Chinatown which I don’t visit right now. The store customers like most of the leaves/stems removed so that’s how its sold & expensive too. I actually have eaten prepared dishes of the entire young stem & find it delicious. If I ask, nicely, I can buy the bigger portion but obviously the owner disapproves. Ha!

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      Hi Li – yes I have grown and eaten pea shoots. I have grown them outdoors and indoors as pea “sprouts”. I do like the flavor, though I’m not growing them at the moment. I haven’t seen them in our Chinese grocery here though.

  2. Sue Garrett says:

    You do grow interestingly shaped crops.

  3. shaheen kitchen says:

    Your squashes are shapely and amazing. So many unusual types. Very much admiring your aubergines as well.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      I am amazed at all the diversity in the squash family. I had never heard of the Korean squashes until another blogger mentioned them. I do get some of my best ideas that way!

  4. Will - EightGateFarmNH says:

    The Celebration squashes really are beautiful. And the Centercut looks like it’s going to be a whopper. It’s a Moschata, right? I may try that next year. Everything else looks great too.

  5. Liz Gross says:

    So many squash! Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in squash? From the looks of yours and other blogs, fall is definitely knocking on our door.

    (sorry if this is a duplicate; I tried to comment twice with my Google account and got an error)

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      I will say it has been a good year for squash here! The freezer is full of the summer types, which will be great for soups.

  6. Your black-eyed peas served many purposes in your garden. Agreed that the celebration squash is gorgeous. It might be a nice substitution for growing delicata and could be grown up a trellis.

    • Dave @ HappyAcres says:

      The black-eyed peas truly served many purposes. I have other seeds for cover crops, but they won’t be edible ones. I have some Groundhog Daikon radishes which I will sow soon and they can stay in place all winter.

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