Harvest Monday (2012-May-14)
At last! Peppers! And my first tomato!
I’ll admit I’m still experiencing the learning curve on all of this, and I do mean ALL. I am not sure when to pick the squash, whether to let them keep growing or not. There are some I’m going to pick today, I guess (and count next week) simply because they don’t seem to have grown much even though I have left them alone for a few days. These tend to be squash that were pretty large before they were pollinated. I don’t want them to get big and seedy, but am not sure when that is. I guess I’ll leave one too long and know.
Maybe you just pick them a day or two after pollination no matter what size they are?
No freaking idea. And wait, that can’t be it because most people don’t know when something is pollinated. Well, they do know when it blooms, maybe, because the bloom is still on it, if shrivelled… I dunno.
The Benning’s Green Tint are still sending up many males and no females, as is George the Costata Romanesca.
I’m waiting for the eggplant to bloom, the peppers to make more peppers, the beans that are blooming so prettily to make beans, and the tomatoes to ripen. The single ripe tomato was the only one on that plant that wasn’t green-green.
So, what you’ve been waiting for. The weigh-in:
.1 oz pepperoncini
2.6 ounces green bell pepper
1.2 oz purple pepper
1 oz Supersweet 100 tomato
I could have harvested more ruby chard but I haven’t done anything with the last batch. Gotta get busy!
Speaking of learning curve…
Not only did I misjudge when I decided I could put two “vining” squashes in my 4′ x 4′ raised bed square foot garden, but I put in the two Georges side by side, and they are clearly giants. Add in eggplant, and, well, this is a jungle back here and my basil is now growing under a canopy, and I’m not even sure I’ll be able to reach in to hand pollinate George, so the critters better do their jobs, damn it.
And that, my friends, is the report from the garden!
As usual, all roads lead to daphne’s dandelions when it comes to Harvest Monday. Go enjoy all the bounties from many parts of the world. It’s fun to see how different the harvests can be.