Monday, August 23, 2010

Harvest Monday August 23, 2010

It’s Harvest Monday at Daphne’s Dandelions! Come join the fun!
It seems like the only thing producing well in the garden this week are the Habaneros and Juliet grape tomatoes. I think I may cut off the Juliet! It is just taking up way too much room and producing more than I want or can use! So, I might just trim it up real good to make room for the other tomatoes to try to do something cause they are having a real lull right now! Every day I go out hoping to bring in a bucket of slicers, and most days I am quite disappointed! Especially if the ONLY ripe one out there has a worm hole in it! I’m also not patient enough to wait for the tomatoes to fully ripen on the vine and so all my tomatoes have to be pictured upside down so that you will see that they have begun to turn pink! Ha!
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Oh, I only have one cilantro plant out there. Don’t know why they haven’t germinated, but I have picked off a couple of sprigs this week out of need for it, but it has not been nearly enough. Grow Cilantro! Grow!
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Picked another pumpkin. Made cookies the other day, which I posted the recipe for, and they were YUMMY! The kids ate the rest of it, pureed! What good eaters! Such a healthy treat! Also had a Serrano showing a bit of red here. It was fully red when I gave it to a friend.
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Great Habanero harvest this week. After I moved the plant from the somewhat shady spot over to the sun, it had orange peppers on it practically the next day! They look quite different from the other Habaneros I have been picking. The ones shaped like saucers are from Seeds I planted. The smaller more orange ones are from a plant I bought at the garden center. Seems like the saucer shaped ones might be some kind of Scotch Bonnet Habanero maybe.
I was very tempted to pick these Butternut squash today, but I wasn’t sure if they were ready. I haven’t grown Butternut before. So If someone has some tips about when I should pick them, let me know! They have turned tanish, they might have a few greenish veins in them still. These are my only two so far. Still hoping for more!
Harvest Total 2010

Variety This Weeks Total Season Total
Lemon Cucumber 3 23 ea
American Genuine Cucumber 1 11 ea
Oregano 1 baggie dried + 1 quart
Spicy Bush and Reg Basil 1 baggy 7 baggies dried +2qt
Sebring Zucchini 5 ea
8 Ball zucchini 17 ea
Black Beauty Zucchini 21 ea
Bush Beans 1 pt 25 quarts, 1 pt
Lettuce (mixed pckg) 2-4 lbs
Bright Lights Chard 8 Bunches
Cabbage (mixed pckg) 4 ea
Evergreen Bunching Onion 6 26 plus a few cuttings
Yellow Onion 12 70 ea (small)
Broccoli 4 heads
Juliet Hybrid Grape Tomato 78 435 ea
Red Cherry Tomato 45 202 ea
German Johnson Tomato 3 6 ea
Pink Girl Tomato 28 ea
Prudens Purple 26 ea
Rutgers Tomato 1 22 ea
Big Boy Tomato 1 21 ea
Strawberries 2 ea
Cosmic Purple Carrot 4 ea
Sweet treat hybrid/Petite ‘n Sweet carrots 7 61 ea
Jalapeno Pepper 5 ea
Purple Beauty Bell Pepper 1 ea
Habanero Pepper 17 39 ea
Serrano Pepper 2 5
Lincoln and Alaskan Peas 2 cups 1/4 cup
Ambrosia Melon 3
Harvest Princess Pumpkin 1
Small Sugar Pumpkin 1 4
Cilantro 2 sprigs 2 sprigs


  1. Oh, I just love pumpkins! Also, on the butternut squash - they are ready when you can't dig your thumbnail into them.

  2. I do the fingernail test on them too. Their rind has to be hard before they are ripe. Usually they have no sign of green on them at all but are a nice tan all around.

    BTW your cookies look delicious. I love oatmeal cookies and think that pumpkin in them would taste wonderful.

  3. So those habanero peppers, can you pick and eat them at all stages, from green to orange? Or are their flavors and/or spiciness affected by their color? When did you plant your cilantro? From what I understand they are a sort of a cool-weather plant, and do not grow in the kind of hot weather that we've been having. Love your hanging squash!

  4. I’m impressed!! Really informative blog post here my friend. I just wanted to comment & say keep up the quality work. I’ve bookmarked your blog just now and I’ll be back to read more in the future my friend! Also nice colors on the layout, it’s really easy on the eyes.

  5. Thanks EG and Daphne! I'll be sure to check.

    thyme2garden, I have never tried a habanero in any other color, but I don't see why not. You can with any other pepper. I've tried planting the cilantro a few time since spring. I've never had a problem growing them in summer in the past. They are a summer herb. I usually have them ready about the same time as my peppers and tomatoes to make salsa with. Just haven't had any luck with them this year. Placement I guess.

    Thanks LSC.

  6. About the cilantro (coriandrum sativum)...I'm surprised you haven't had problems in the past growing them in the summer in KY because here in central NC, cilantro grows only in the spring and fall. There's something called vietnamese cilantro that's similar to the type most people are familar with that will grow in the summer here but it's not a true cilantro (it's from a different genus)...

  7. hmm. Well, I don't know. It is/was coriander seed. The books I had said to have continuous summer crops, grow successively and so I did. They also said it was a summer crop. Maybe this year was just too hot for them. Maybe it was just silly luck. I'll keep trying again next year though. There are so many seeds that come off a plant, it doesn't hurt to try.