This week was definitely all about the harvest! I can’t believe how many baskets I filled this week. I also planted Bloomsdale and Giant Noble spinach, Red Creole and White Texas Granex onions, and Italian softneck garlic on Friday. That night, the temperature dipped to 35 degrees for the first time (a little early for us), and I got nervous, but all was well. The temperatures are starting to rise again back to our normal of the mid-70s during the day and the mid-50s to low 60s at night. More growing warmth coming. Now, if we could just get some rain!
My lemon drop peppers are ripening by the dozens and dozens this week. I dehydrated four trays of these babies.
I harvested the first purple top turnips this week.
My fig tree has lost about half its leaves now, but the couple dozen figs left on it are still ripening. I think this was the last big harvest of the season, so I took that as my cue it was time to make fig preserves. (Recipe will be posted this Friday!)
I finally got to harvest two cucumbers this week! At this point, the pickle worms have eaten more cucumbers than I have! My green beans are slowing down, and a grasshopper I can’t seem to catch/kill has been eating the beans. Argh!
The chili peppers are still productive, and it’s time to make another couple batches of pepper jam.
I picked a couple bunches of cilantro, too, to make key lime guacamole and homemade salsa (recipe to follow soon).
IN THE GARDEN:
I found a cute baby Carolina Anole on one of my green bell peppers. I love these guys.
My peppers are still flowering. These are my pepperoncini.
A few carrots from my first planting actually germinated and are growing. (I have since planted more, waiting for them to come up.)
A few of my key limes are starting to ripen. They’re not as deep green, turning a lighter color on their way to yellowish-green when they’ll be fully ripe. A couple more weeks, I think.
It’s been a busy week with planting, harvesting, canning, and dehydrating. On Saturday, I submitted my raspberry preserves, pepper relish, hot pepper jam, and fig preserves into the competition for our county fair. They’ll be judged today, and I’ll know if I won any ribbons this coming weekend when the fair opens. Stay tuned!
What’s going on at your homestead?