Garden Bounty ~ Week Ending 8/2/14

We had a brutal few days in the garden this past week! One day, the heat index reached 110; one weather report claimed it was as high as 120 in some areas around here. All I know is that it was bloody hot, and I stayed inside as much as possible! Because of the heat and my birthday celebration break, I didn’t harvest as much as I normally do. However, I did harvest 19 more ears of Glass Gem corn, a half pound of eggplant, over 7 pounds of squash, almost 7 pounds of peppers, and 3 pounds of tomatoes. (Lots of green tomatoes are on the vine though, creating round 2.)

In the photos, the produce is identified from the top, clockwise.

HARVEST JULY 28:

Emerald Giant green bell peppers, mini yellow stuffing peppers, mini red bell peppers, Mortgage Lifter tomato, Riesentraube tomato, Black Krim tomato, Listada de Gandia eggplant. In the center: lemon drop peppers

Emerald Giant green bell peppers, mini yellow stuffing peppers, mini red bell peppers, Mortgage Lifter tomato, Riesentraube tomato, Black Krim tomato, Listada de Gandia eggplant. In the center: lemon drop peppers

HARVEST JULY 29:

I harvested my first black futsu squash. I was waiting for it to get greyish-black and warty, like the pictures I’ve seen. Instead, mine went from very dark green to turning orange then tannish-orange. Seed catalogs state that they will turn tan when in storage. Maybe the heat here turns them tan on the vine?? Then again, my Seminole pumpkins are growing in the same bed. I thought they might be pumpkins, but they’re more deeply ribbed than the pumpkins I have growing on the end of the vine two beds over. That’s why I think these are the squash. Regardless of what they are, when I saw that the stems were dried, I figured they had to be mature and ripe. And they did taste yummy!

Black Futsu squash

Black Futsu squash

I harvested more Glass Gem corn. I have about half a dozen ears left on my stalks now. (The husks are still green, so I have to wait a little longer to harvest them.)

Glass Gem corn, Black Krim tomato, Rutgers tomato, jalapenos, cayenne peppers. In the center: Fish peppers

Glass Gem corn, Black Krim tomato, Rutgers tomato, jalapenos, cayenne peppers. In the center: Fish peppers

HARVEST JULY 30:

I love the harvest colors in this basket!

Cubanelle peppers,

Cubanelle peppers, red bell peppers, Riesentraube cherry tomato, lemon drop peppers, mini red bell peppers, Rutgers tomatoes, pear tomatoes, Emerald giant green bell peppers, yellow mini stuffing peppers. In the center: pepperoncini, fish peppers, Black Krim tomato, cayenne peppers.

What are you harvesting?

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