The garden has been a little behind normal all season. Thankfully, frost has held off for now and we have enjoyed a lovely fall allowing most things to mature. Below are some of the harvests we have enjoyed this week:
Fall lettuce is growing slowly, but there was enough to clip a few tender leaves for a sandwich topping:
The fall Swiss Chard is beginning to size up. Unfortunately, keeping the deer away from it has been challenging:
The partially ripe tomatoes harvested before our frost warning last week ripened quickly on the counter over this past week. Our chest freezer in the basement is full, so I processed and canned my first batch of sauce for the season. There are so many more tomatoes still in the garden. I am harvesting a little each day. The majority will mature if we are granted a few more frost-free weeks. Luckily the forecast seems to be in our favor.
|Amish Paste Tomatoes|
So many peppers were harvested last week before frost. Most were made into Salsa and Green Chili Sauce, but some ended up in the refrigerator. I finally seeded, chopped, and froze these this week for later use:
|Peppers Ready for the Freezer|
Pole beans are still producing. There has been plenty for fresh eating and I may be able to harvest enough this week for another batch of pressure canned beans to add to storage:
|Trionfo Violetto and Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans|
Raspberries are delicious this year and are producing a few handfuls each day:
I found some halfway decent apples on our trees. I consider this a bonus harvest. We didn't spray the trees this year so most of the apples are affected with various molds and pest damage. I was looking for some apples to feed to the chickens when I found these that didn't look too bad. Once peeled and trimmed a little they were perfect for making a small batch of applesauce. I hope to harvest more this week:
Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.