Monday, August 31, 2015

Harvest Monday - August 31, 2015

First Brown Turkey Fig

Peppers, squashes, bitter melons, and tomatoes.

All the Black Krim tomatoes have concentric cracks on them.

The bottoms don't look any better, but we like the taste.

I'm playing with old spinach seeds again, both Alrite (2014) and Tyee (2010) are hybrids.  I soaked the seeds in room temperature water for 24 hours, wrapped the seeds in wet paper towel, put in a sandwich bag, and left them in the refrigerator for about 5-7 days, most of them sprouted.

Five year old Tyee Spinach seeds from Fedco --- 70% germination, fast growing and strong roots.

One year old Alrite Spinach seeds from Kitazawa --- 80% germination, slow growing and weaker roots.  

Now I know I don't have to buy new spinach seeds every year, I'd tested this method once before and it worked.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Harvest Monday - August 24, 2015

This is half of the figs I harvested from the old house, gave the other half to a neighbor.  

Kabocha squash, red jalapeno peppers, green cayenne peppers, and Spanish green onion bulbs, bugs got to the green onion leaves I cut them off and use the bulbs as baby onions.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Harvest Monday - August 17, 2015

Eggplants, bitter melons, various peppers and trombo squash female blossoms.

Not in the picture are beans and cherry tomatoes, I pick them every other day, both beans and cherry tomatoes are ending soon, I'll be pulling the plants and make room for fall planting.  The grafted Black Krim tomato is putting out another flush of fruits, will see how many fruits it puts out altogether.  

Spanish green onions, when I planted the seedlings they were too tiny and tedious to separate, I just tucked a few seedlings here and there, they grow on top of each other, the roots are shallow and tiny, they are sweet and delicious when grill in open fire.

Stovetop grilled Yummy sweet peppers. 

This is another one of my favorite pepper dishes -- grilled and sprinkled with sea salt. The green ones are Padron and Shishito.  It's weired I haven't had one single spicy Padron pepper this year, maybe it's due to above average rainfall we're getting in this region.

There are 3-4 pairs of hummingbirds in my garden, evening feeding is most fun to watch, they tend to fight over one or two of the feeders out of four.  This one is a Black Chinned female, she's not afraid of human, she buzzes around me and chirp chirp chirp as I work in the garden at dusk.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Harvest Monday - August 3, 2015

Indigo Rose Tomatoes -- it's a pretty ornamental plant and conversation piece, but it's not my tomato in the taste department, the fruit does not keep well, the taste is bland and mushy.  I decided not to deal with it anymore and pulled the plant.

More trombo squashes and white bitter melons.

Black Krim tomatoes, more bitter melons and trombo squash, in the center are first harvest of Aleppo peppers (seeds from Michelle, thank you.) and orange Yummy sweet pepper, (another one of my favorites), the medium size cluster tomatoes are Isreali tomatoes, bland tasting and do not keep well, another tomato plant got pulled out last weekend.

I continue to harvest more NZ spinach, Spigariello broccoli, eggplants, peppers, and beans, I usually pick them after dinner and there wasn't enough daylight to take pictures.

Three peppers garden vegetables stir-fry.
(Padron, Shishito, and Aleppo peppers, Ping Tung eggplants, Trombocino squash, and French Shallots).

I lightly stir fry each vegetable separately because they are different in density and texture, thickness and size, if they are cooked together the eggplant and pepper would be overcooked and mushy before the squash is done, the taste of the dish would be bland as in stew vegetables. Cooking garden fresh vegetables individually before tossing them together in a dish preserves their own individual characteristic and taste.

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Harvest Monday - July 27, 2015

Twin Ping Tung eggplant and NZ Spinach

 This is approximately the amount of beans I pick every other day.

Too many squashes from two Trombocino plants, I'm pulling one out when I have time to clean up the garden a bit.

From left to right --- Isreali tomatoes, Black Krim, and Indigo cherry tomatoes.

Taste testing results:  Isreali -- bland, crunchy, will not grow again; Black Krim -- my favorite, nice balance of acid and sweetness; Indigo Rose -- bland and mushy but taste better than the Isreali tomato, will not grow it again.

Padron peppers, eggplants, and beans.

Padron peppers and baby anchovies stir fry.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Harvest Monday - July 13, 2015

Spigariello Broccoli, Kwintus Beans, Shishito Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, and two Padron Peppers.

 French Shallots

Garlic Chives, Isreali Tomatoes, Ping Tung Eggplants, White Bitter Melon, Cherry Tomatoes, Kwintus Beans, Shishito and Padron Peppers.

In the last photo I picked the tomatoes a bit early because I'm going out of town for few days, they will be ripen indoor when I return.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Harvest Monday - July 6, 2015

Juliet cherry tomatoes, Kwintus beans, Shishito peppers, Jalapeno peppers, Ping Tung eggplant, and Tromboncino squash.

Planting marigolds to combat nematodes in this bed, there are three tomato plants near the fence, the flowers are just as tall as the tomatoes.

Medium size Isreali tomatoes grow in clusters, don't know the name of this variety, I bought the seeds while traveling in California, there's no information given on the seed packet.

Black Krim tomato, this is a grafted plant, I bought a start just to see if it's more productive and disease resistance than other tomato plants.

Indigo Cherry Tomato, never grown this variety before, will report later about the taste and texture.

Super Sweet Cherry Tomatoes

Tromboncino Squash

White Bitter Melon

And the Cayanne Pepper bounces back from hornworm attach.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Harvest Monday - June 29, 2015

Chives, summer squash, apricots, and cherry tomatoes.  
The apricots are not ripe for fresh eating, the birds are pecking on them everyday and there's not many left so I picked them to make jam.

This is the last batch of fava beans, I've been picking them the last 2 weeks but didn't bother to take pictures.

Self-seeded New Zealand Spinach, they are going crazy since the temperature gone up, I cut back to just one plant, that's plenty for us.

Late June Garden

Two worms cleaned out my cayenne pepper plant overnight, I'm leaving the plant in the container, will see if it rebounds from the damage.

Shishito Pepper is always the first to mature.

Kwintus pole bean is the earliest bean to set pods and it is one of my favorite Romano beans.

Kabocha Squash is doing well, this year I experiment with 2 plants in a half barrel, I'm aiming for small meal size fruits, pumpkins grown in container are generally smaller than in-ground grown variety.

Ping Tung Eggplant growing in half barrel is happy and is setting lots of flowers and baby eggplants.

Two pots of sweet potatoes growing next to Kabocha squash, Okinawan SP on the left and purple SP on the right, both SP slips are from Norma, thank you.

This is a mix planting bed, French pole beans in the back, two Padron pepper plants in front to the left, and three purple sweet potatoes to the right.

There are more pictures I'm trying to upload but blogger is not working properly this morning, I'll leave them until next time.  What's going on in your garden this time of year?

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Monday, June 8, 2015

Harvest Monday - June 8, 2015

This is  a scheduled post, I'm taking some time off to visit family and friends, will answer your questions when I return.  Happy gardening to you all.

Spring Napa Cabbage --- Chun Yeon Gold
(from left to right)  2.3 lb,  2.8 lb,  and 2.0 lb
I never thought I can grow napa cabbage in spring until I found this bolt resistant variety in Kitazawa's seed catalog.  I was skeptical at first because I never had a NC didn't bolted on me in early March, this is a pleasant surprise, I wonder how much the unusually cool weather we had last spring contributed in part to its success. Obviously longer daylight is not an issue with this variety, I'll try again next spring to see if it still produces solid head in our normal warmer spring days.

First harvest from Broccoli Raab Ricci (seeds from Michelle), I have five plants, the side shoots are growing fast and furious, that's too many shoots for a small family and decided to remove three plants, I think two is enough for us.

Baby Turnips

I intercrop baby turnips with eggplant in a half barrel.

Before Harvest

After harvest, the eggplant is pretty happy in this location.

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