Last week felt typically fall-like when it began, temperatures were in the 50s requiring long pants and a sweatshirt. Then temps soared to 90s by Wednesday with high humidity. A few days of this hot and humid weather spurred some violent thundershowers and lots of rain. Needless to say, not much gardening happened this past week other than a quick walk through to harvest whatever was ready.
The squash vines are finished and the Delicata Squash was gathered from the bed. A few fruit showed signs of insect damage. These will be used first once the bad parts are cut out. The rest will be placed in storage in the basement to be used over the next few months:
One Spaghetti Squash was harvested; there are several others still in the garden but the vines look dead to me. I doubt that they will brighten to yellow. So I'll have to enjoy this one.
Anaheim Peppers began turning red this week:
Lots of tomatoes are coming in every day. My kitchen is in constant tomato rotation: Ripe tomatoes are sorted out and dropped into the sink for a soak and wash, then stored in freezer bags and placed in the chest freezer. Almost ripe are pushed to the end and the newest harvested tomatoes are spread out on the counter to ripen further.
We are eating lots of fresh salsa and sharing jars for Football Sunday:
|Anaheim and Jalapeno Peppers|
Raspberries are beginning to ripen. Last year, Japanese Beetles and wasps ate most of the ripe berries. Cutting all the canes in spring and allowing new ones to grow pushed the everbearing raspberries to produce mostly at the end of summer and into fall when most of the beetles are gone. We've been harvesting small handfuls each day, which is enough to eat fresh or add to cereal or yogurt.
I dug up another section of potatoes while the weather was cool and comfortable. I was sad to lose about two-pounds to rodents, but the rest were lovely:
The pole beans show no sign of slowing down. I didn't photograph any harvests this week, but I am still picking every day.
Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.