Finally, my harvests are “picking up.” The cooler weather has given relief, especially to my peppers. We also had quite a bit of rain in September, which helped. (Unfortunately, we have now had two weeks without rain, so out comes the garden hose again.) In addition to my pepper harvests increasing, my second crop of snap beans are now producing. This is in addition to my Dixie speckled butter peas and raspberries. Harvesting is my favorite part of gardening! This past week, I harvested 4.3 pounds of peppers, 4 pounds of beans, 3/4 pound of raspberries, and one tomato. (Hey, it’s October. I’m grateful I have ANY tomatoes!)
Produce identification is listed from the top, clockwise.
HARVEST OCTOBER 5:
My raspberries are starting to wind down. I have a few canes still fruiting, but the end is near. I can’t be too sad though because I have close to 7 pounds of raspberries in my freezer for making preserves next week!
HARVEST OCTOBER 8:
HARVEST OCTOBER 10:
I harvested my first basket of snap beans from my second planting. I love harvesting beans in the fall!
I harvested quite a bit of butter peas, too. Yummy!
While helping me harvest my snap beans, my Garden Wilson broke a branch off of one of my lemon drop pepper plants. No worries, though. The unripe peppers are still pretty spicy, so into the pepper relish they will go.
HARVEST OCTOBER 11:
I pulled up the summer savory and basil in one of my beds to make room for the turnips. The basil plants looked pretty worn out, but I was still able to get quite a bit of good leaves. I see pesto in my future!
My lemon drop peppers are the most prolific peppers in the garden!
Peppers and more peppers! Oh, and one tomato. 😉
What are you harvesting from your garden?