Finally a little relief. I picked just one squash this week from the lone summer squash plant. Bean harvests have slowed down also. I picked a few more Provider bush beans from the patch that has been producing a second harvest. Then I sent the plants to the compost bin - they had lots of rust and other ailments at this point - small wonder since they bore twice. The Fortex pole beans have also slowed down. These plants are beset with Harlequin bugs, at least that's what I think they are, and many of the beans are deformed.
Still, I got a bit of many things. Three large Diva cucumbers, some tomatoes, beans, one squash, a few okra. This pic was this mornings harvest:
I collected the garlic drying in the pole barn rafters - a little under two pounds, about twice last year's harvest:
A total of just over 15 pounds for the week:
I was beginning to worry about the pepper harvest. I plan to make one more batch of salsa and some chili powder. But with the rainy mild weather we've been having I was concerned that the peppers may not ripen. Well now the Marconi, Bullhorn and Ancho peppers are developing a bright red color, and the Joe Parker chilis are showing some red. The sweet peppers will be grilled, deskinned and deseeded for the next batch of salsa. I've found that mixing sweet pepper pulp into the tomato base makes a fine salsa. There are even a few bright red serranos on the tallest plant. More tomatoes should be ready in a few days:
I found a black swallow tail caterpillar on the parnip. If it was on the parsley I would have picked it off, but decided to leave it on this plant. How much can it eat? And they are a terrific butterfly, beautiful coloration and a strong flyer.