Monday, 31 August 2015

Harvest Monday: August 31


I'm still stuck with my old computer so the five key doesn't work (I usually like to show the full date).  I also have no new produce so same old stuff, so this will be a short post showing much of the same I've had lately.  The basket above includes King of the North, some Jimmy Nardello (seen below) and most of the rest are jalapenos, Hungarian Hot Wax and sweet pickle peppers.

Jimmy Nardello peppers

Here is a pic of mostly tomatoes that I've already harvested in the past.


Two things stand out (or at least enough for me to point out) are (1) the yellow tomatoes: Dixie Golden Giant (I found them a bit bland) ...


And (2) the little zukes in the upper right corner are zapallito del tronco (unable to mature properly due to the squash bugs) but more than edible!


And more peppers which I used for a hot pepper sauce (recipe to be shared eventually):


Swiss Chard and Nero Kale:



Probably the last of the rhubarb:


More parsnips and carrots (which I pretty much roast every time I harvest any).


And more potato harvest, including Yukon Gold and Fingerling (drying in the cool basement).  More of these to come.


And now I'm trying to figure out how to harvest the sunflower seeds.  You can see that the critters are already getting to them (these empty shells are left on top of rhubarb leaves under the sunflower heads).


I have too many squirrels to keep them on the plant so I've cut them down and just keeping them in the screened porch to dry out ... hope that works?


This one is more than two pounds but already nibbled on.


Please visit Daphne's Dandelions for other harvests around the globe this week.

15 comments:

  1. What a nice basket of peppers! It's always a battle with trying to get sunflower seeds. My particular problem is the goldfinches, who should just stick to the lovely seed I place out for them in the feeders. The porch should work fine, if you don't mind looking at them for awhile.

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    1. Ahh, so it will take a while to dry the sunflowers then? Oh well, there is plenty of room for it to sit around for a few weeks (or longer??).

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  2. Too bad about the sunflowers. The birds always get mine. It's been a bad year for squash bugs here too. They are crawling way up the vines to get to the squash!

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    1. I'm going to focus next year on plants that are a bit more resistant, but was also thinking of taking a one year break. Lots of time to think about it!!

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  3. Wow - that's a big sunflower. Mine are way behind & a couple are sort of deformed with only half a flower head on them; I'm thinking it's the variety. Not sure if I'll even get any seeds from them, although that's the main reason I grew them. Looking forward to your hot pepper sauce recipe - I'm not sure if I'll be harvesting enough hot peppers to make any this time round, but there's always hope for next year.

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    1. That was one of the "Kong" sunflowers, came to over 10 feet tall. I'll give the hot sauce a few days to "settle" before sharing the recipe ... just in case!

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  4. I so rarely harvest my sunflower seeds. I only grow them because they attract the birds, but the squirrels get them too.

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  5. Nothing wrong with same old stuff, it's beautiful. I gave up growing sunflowers the year the squirrels started to steal entire heads, they were small heads, and munch them in the tree over my neighbor's driveway. I'm not sure the neighbors appreciated sunflower litter all over their cars.

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  6. Lovely harvest. Got to give the critters credit for shelling the sunflower seeds, would love to see them in action.

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    1. That would be a sight to see for sure!

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  7. Nice pile of peppers. I don't have enough hot ones to actually try making sauce. Gardeners around here usually grow the sunflowers for fun and leave them for the birds. Some creature decided to stash some in my raised beds, so this spring I had sunflower seedlings coming up everywhere.

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  8. Nice basket of peppers and tomatoes. I've never grown sunflower, there are enough critters to deal with in my garden and don't think our neighbors would appreciate random sunflower seeds and shells drop on their properties.

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  9. Glad to have found this happy harvest blog! Jealous of your potatoes as we stopped growing them last year... living through your potato happiness!

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    1. Ah yes, nice to hear from someone who shares my love of fresh potatoes. One of my faves from the garden!

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  10. Wowzers, thats a big pile of peppers! What a gorgeous harvest :D

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