Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday August 18

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.


Dave @ HappyAcres said...

Peppers have been slow to ripen here, and eggplants even slower to come on. But things are finally beginning to look like summer, and forecasts for this week are for more summer-like temps. Which the garden should like, but not necessarily me!

Mark Willis said...

Over here we seem to be in Autumn already - much cooler than normal. My chillis are just beginning to ripen in quantity now, so I have to decide what to do with them. Good call with the Swallowtail caterpillar. We have to give Nature a chance sometimes!

Daphne Gould said...

I usually find the swallowtails on my dill. It is one of the reasons I let it grow in so many places in the garden. They are such a pretty butterfly.

David Velten said...

Your peppers are looking healthy, hope they produce for you. I had a swallowtail caterpillar on my parsley a couple of years ago and dispatched it before I knew what it was. I'm less rash now.

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