It’s time once again for Harvest Monday, where we celebrate all things harvest related. The late summer harvests are still keeping me busy. The pole beans are still producing heavily and I have been freezing most of them. I’m growing almost all heirloom Appalachian beans which do very well in our area. They have strings, but the pods stay tender even after the beans inside have started to swell up. They also have outstanding flavor, which too often has been bred out of many of the modern varieties.
It’s my first time growing Hickory Stick beans, but Bertie Best greasy beans and the Non-Tough Half Runner have been doing well for me for several years now. I’ve been getting two or three pounds with every picking, which adds up pretty quickly. I got almost ten pounds last week all total. Thankfully I don’t pick them every day though!
The eggplant is coming on too, with Dancer and several of the Asian types ready to harvest last week. It’s been a good year for eggplant and we have been enjoying it for sure.
I’m finally getting ripe sweet peppers, plus a few of the mildly hot Aji Golden peppers. Sweetie Pie is a red mini bell and a 2017 AAS Winner that always does well for me. And Jimmy Nardello and Lemme’s Italian are two of my favorite of the red frying peppers.
I got four of the Thelma Sanders winter squashes, and that will be all for the year since the vines have died back. It’s one of my favorite acorn squashes, with a sweet and nutty flavor. The last of the winter squashes to harvest will be the neck pumpkins, and some of them will be ready soon.
I got a few slicing tomatoes last week, including Chef’s Choice Yellow and a Big Beef. Tey aren’t the prettiest specimens but it’s been a Horrible year for the big fruited tomatoes, and I’ll take whatever I can get at this point.
In non-harvest news, we have had quite a few Monarch butterflies visiting the last few weeks. I saw one on the purple coneflowers and was able to get a photo before it flew away. I’ve also noticed several Sulfur butterflies and a couple of the small Skippers sampling our flowers lately.
I hope you all are staying safe and healthy out there. 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!