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.
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.
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.
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.
I have started picking late summer Raspberries. Winter Squash soon. Shall I challenge Fran to cook a butternut squash / Raspberry pie?
We have eaten the pie. Mother in-law and Daughter agree, excellent. I, myself, think I need more sample pies to decide if it is better than Pumpkin Pie. We are able to get two pies out of each squash, and there are many Butternut Squash(es?) left in Fran's Victory Garden, so, we will have a decision by the end of the season. An added bonus, the seeds can be salted and roasted just like pumpkin seeds.
Anyway, check back for the final decision in this great quandary.
The Butternut Squash, a variety of Winter Squash is bountiful now, perhaps I harvested too soon, I think they get yellower. As you can see from the pic, pole beans are still coming in strong and the tomatoes are just starting. I have to pick the tomatoes when they show color, the squirrels like them. Recently, I was reading about Butternut Squash Pie, it is supposedly better than Pumpkin Pie. Fran is making two of them now, can't wait.
First EggPlant this year, isn't it pretty? Still can't go into the garden without a basket, might have to make several trips.
The Cucumbers look near done, I know they will surprise me once or twice yet. The Edemame will be big next week or the week after. The Cantaloupes will come all at once in a week or so, I love Cantaloupes.
The Fall SnowPeas are doing good, not yet reaching for the trellis tho. The Beets will need thinning & weeding soon.
Sounds silly perhaps, but, Cantaloupes in Hammocks. The Cantaloupe, a variety of muskmelon, love to grow on a trellis, but what about the melons hanging there? A little bit of old netting, a few feet of string, and abracadabra, a bra for a melon.