Monday, August 27, 2012

Harvest Monday: August 27, 2012

Each Monday, Daphne’s Dandelions hosts “Harvest Monday” where everyone can share links to their harvest for the week. It’s fun to see what everyone is harvesting from his or her gardens in different areas.

My plan Saturday morning was to make a batch of salsa. I sorted through the tomatoes on the kitchen counter, dropped the ripe ones into a sink full of water for a good washing, then went out to the garden to harvest some peppers:

Marconi Rosso Sweet Peppers

Quadrato Rosso D'Asti Sweet Peppers

These are HUGE!

The peppers are very happy this year in the garden. The plants have grown very tall and are filled with fruit. It is unfortunately rare for my peppers to ripen to red. I harvest peppers as needed hoping that someday they will fully mature.

The first corn was ready for harvest earlier in the week:

First Corn Harvest

Beans continue to grow in spite of the deer damage:

Mixed Beans


Luckily the deer didn't sever the vines and the beans are still producing. I need a step stool, but have been harvesting a basket full every other day from the tangle of foliage at the top of three trellises:

Deer Damage

Tomatoes continue to be the majority of the harvest. The kitchen counter is filled with a revolving door of tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes are processed and newly harvested ones take their spot to finish ripening.

The Romas are Small this Year, but Numerous!

Amish Paste Tomatoes

The last melon was harvested from its withering vine along with a Delicata and a few of the unplanned Sweet Dumpling squash:

Fastbreak Melon, Delicata and Sweet Dumpling Squash


Be sure to visit Daphne's Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.

35 comments:

  1. Glad the deer didn't sever the bean vines and they still producing. Lovely harvest.

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    1. When I first saw the damage I thought my bean harvest was over for the year. I was very pleased to see that the plants are still alive.

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  2. Thank goodness the top is too high for them to mow down. I'm missing my beans this week. In a week or two I'll have more, but for now I'm drooling over everyone else's beans.

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    1. Bush beans were over once the deer munched on them. Thankfully the pole beans are still able to keep going. Pole beans usually keep producing for me until frost.

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  3. Those are the most beautiful peppers! It does seem to be a great year for peppers in the northeast. Everything else looks wonderful too.

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    1. I am very happy with the peppers. They must have loved the heat we had early in the growing season.

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  4. We're now enjoying our second planting of filet beans, having not had enough from the first round! Our delicata are developing nicely on the vine this year -- any advice on when to harvest, and do they need to cure before storing?

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    1. I try to harvest Delicata after the white part turns to a more cream color and the green stripes have some orange in them. Last year, I had a few pop off their stems when I was trying to see if they were ready. I thought they wouldn't be good, but they were. It is said that Delicata doesn't store very long, but I had some last until Spring. Curing must allow the Delicata to store longer. I store my squash in a cool corner of the basement.

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  5. Your pole beans almost look like topiaries! What good fortune that the deer did not eat the actual vines and they are still growing.

    The peppers are amazing. They look very meaty and well formed. The tomatoes are beautiful too.

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    1. I am so lucky that the beans are still producing so heavily in spite of the deer damage.

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  6. Gorgeous peppers! And I'm sorry to hear about the deer damage once again but good that they didn't destroy all beans. Those purple one are so pretty.

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    1. The peppers are so impressive this year. I am happy with the bean harvest. I have harvested enough for fresh eating and to preserve the last few weeks.

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  7. lovely harvest! Great looking peppers, mine are just starting to come in.

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    1. It's been such a great year for peppers.

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  8. Holy Cazongas that is a huge pepper! Something to be proud of there. :-D

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    1. I can't believe how large these are growing. They are very impressive.

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  9. Your harvest is already so beautiful, but the vegetables that are photographed with a white background look like the stuff of magazines. Wow!

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    1. Thank you. Photographing reds is a challenge for me so I wanted to experiment a bit. I am glad you liked the results.

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  10. Great harvest, those peppers are looking awesome! We have had a really great year for peppers as well. It must be all the heat!

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    1. I think it was the heat we had early in the growing season that gave the peppers a jump start. They are producing very well.

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  11. Holy cow - gorgeous peppers!! We've had wonderful luck with our hot peppers, not as much with our sweets. I bet your salsa was wonderful with those peppers and your beautiful tomatoes!

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    1. Aren't they crazy big? I have never grown peppers that large before. The salsa was wonderful.

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  12. I'm happy to see your peppers have grown so well. Mine are a real disappointment this year, they don't seem to like their spot in the new area of the garden.

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    1. Thank you again for these seeds. They have been so easy to germinate and so reliable in the garden.

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  13. Your garden is pumping it out! Those peppers are beautiful! Bummer that it takes so long to get them to change colors! What kind are the purple beans, they look so nice!

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    1. The purple beans are Purple Trionfo, an Italian heirloom. It's funny I should mention that my peppers never change colors. I just harvested a couple that did.

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  14. Nice harvest. Marconi is my favorite sweet pepper and I wish I had grown it this year. I like to grill them, peal off the skins and use the meat in salsa. I'm also growing a sweet pepper that starts with "quad" that I bought at the farmers market but forgot the full name. It looks like the Quadrotti rosso peppers in your pictures.

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    1. Quadrato Rosso D'Asti turn red when ripe. Although I haven't had one ripen in time before out first frost. I haven't grown these, but have heard of Quadrato D' Asti Giallo peppers. It is a large, blocky pepper that turns yellow when ripe.

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  15. Your harvest looks delicious. We're growing Marconni and Rosso D'Asti this year too. It's our first time. They're delicious. I think Belle is planning to roast the Marconnis and freeze them for hummus this winter.

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    1. I love roasting peppers on the grill. The fragrance is intoxicating. Then they are easy to peel, seed, and chop into salsa or even frozen for using later.

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  16. What a beautiful harvest!! looks and feels all Summer...
    I am so proud of those who can grow peppers. It has always been failure for me …
    Good to see rest of the pics.

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    1. I have had some trouble getting peppers to germinate. Each year I start the pepper seeds earlier and earlier so the plants can have a chance to size up. Once they get going they seem to do ok as long as I don't rush them by planting out in the garden too early.

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