Monthly Archives: August 2015

Tomatoes (5 varieties), Peppers, Pole Beans, Butternut Squash and Raspberries
Tomatoes (5 varieties), Peppers, Pole Beans, Butternut Squash and Raspberries

Harvested the last of the Edamame last Sunday, 8/16, could have done it a few days earlier. The Peppers are starting to turn red, we start eating them while they are sill yellow or green but they are at their best when red.

Still harvesting Raspberries, Pole Beans & Tomatoes.

The Late Summer crop of Snap Peas and Kohlrabi looks good.

Starting to look at cover crops for fall.

My fifth go at drying tomatoes, not yet happy with the results. Almost dropped the phone into the barbie taking this pic.
My fifth go at drying tomatoes, not yet happy with the results. Almost dropped the phone into the barbie taking this pic.

Drying tomatoes on the barbie, these are mostly the plum tomatoes from the garden, some Siberian and store bought plums also. This time I tried to keep the pieces all about the same size. I have the draft wide open and am trying to keep it around 200F, which is hotter than the last time. Drying some eggplant also, they come out real nice.

I quarter up the tomatoes, scoop out the pulp, toss w/ a little olive oil, chopped basil from the garden and a generous dash of garlic powder. The quarters are arrayed on baking grids set on the grill one deep and if possible separated. If the fire gets too hot, I throw some wet smoking wood chips on the coals. The resulting smokey taste is a plus.


We are eating well
We are eating well

The harvest is in full swing now, Fran doesn't go into the garden w/o coming back with a double hand full of pole beans.


This will make almost sixteen butternut squash pies. Life is good.
This will make almost sixteen butternut squash pies. Life is good.

Just picked ten butternut squash, about eight left in the garden. These ten made eight two cup bags. Each bag makes two butternut squash pies. Life is good.

Succession planting, the replacing of a spring crop by an autumn crop has started. The Cucumbers which failed after early success and the second planting of snap peas have been replaced with Kohlrabi. This if my first time for Kohlrabi, the flavor is said to be mild, sweet, turnip-like. I have also planted a third crop of snap peas where an early zucchini planting was, a sunny spot but a bit late.

Cabbage Update II. The plants are doing well, it seems that in spite of the tunnels some cabbage moths have gotten a chance to lay eggs to produce caterpillars, can't find them tho. The moths maybe got to them while they were in the starter trays that were sitting out for hardening.

I have started a third planting of Cilantro and Basil in pots on the deck. Next year also Oregano and Lemon Thyme.

First Butternut Squash and first late Summer Raspberries
First Butternut Squash and first late Summer Raspberries

I have started picking late summer Raspberries. Winter Squash soon. Shall I challenge Fran to cook a butternut squash / Raspberry pie?

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