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Old 09-05-2019, 06:57 PM   #661
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My modest Harvest today

Tomatoes winding down, although some of the bigger varieties still have some on the vine to ripen.

Cukes all but done, did sneak in one more quart of pickles

2nd and 3rd planting of string beans kicking int, already got about 3 gallon sized bags blanched and frozen in the freezer.

Late variety potato plants still look good, so not ready for harvest yet , which is good cause haven't come close to eating the first harvest from the earlier varieties.

Butternut squash vine has a lot of smaller squash, hope there is enough time for them to ripen fully.

Peppers finally kicking in, along with the tomatillo's

Eggplants have 2 more on the plants but the plants don't look healthy so those are probably the last of the bunch

Okra did really well this year but the colder forecast upcoming, they'll probably stop producing

looking forward to harvesting sweet potatoes and peanuts next month.
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Old 09-05-2019, 08:06 PM   #662
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Nice bed! How tall are the sides? And what kind of wood are you using?

My beds are simple 4'x10' 2x8 pine. Yeah, they won't last as long as cedar but they're cheap.
I just got pine, too, since I didn't want pressure treated in the garden, and cedar and cypress are just way too expensive. The sides are two 2x8s side joined with 3/8x3" dowels, using gorilla glue. I put a coating of Titebond III, the waterproof one, diluted with water 4:1, to seal it up. Then I put 3 coats of the solid color Behr stain (and 6 coats on the ends, since I had to flip them after drying each side) , which is a lot more than I did to an old bed I made for my herb bed, which started rotting after 25 years. So I don't think that I will have to replace this!
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Old 09-05-2019, 09:58 PM   #663
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Then I put 3 coats of the solid color Behr stain (and 6 coats on the ends, since I had to flip them after drying each side) , which is a lot more than I did to an old bed I made for my herb bed, which started rotting after 25 years. So I don't think that I will have to replace this!
Smart idea! Didn't think of doing something like that. I guess when my beds start rotting, I might just put new boards to enclose the old rotting ones.
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Old 09-10-2019, 11:38 PM   #664
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Besides all the stuff I was doing with the raised bed (it's almost 3/4 full), I harvested a few tomatoes, eggplants, and some more of those long beans - those increase daily, and I got 20 of them today, which was just over 10 oz. However, I did not harvest a single pepper today! Not because they weren't there, but because I had nowhere to put them! lol Tomorrow, I'll harvest those, and there will be a lot. Here's what I got today:

A few larger tomatoes, and a single layer of sunsugars underneath. 9-10 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

2 qts of cherry tomatoes, 4 eggplants, and 20 Thai Long Red Beans. 9-10 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Almost all of my fall seedlings are germinated - only 2 types of chard, which are even slower than the other chard. All of the brassicas and lettuce already have one set of true leaves.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:53 AM   #665
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Looks great, Dave!

I'm hoping tonight that I will pick more raspberries. Maybe I'll harvest another bed of potatoes. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to do much gardening the next two weeks since I'll be in Chicago and then Florida.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:11 PM   #666
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Another large pepper picking! As I figured they would, the chocolate habaneros became the largest habanero producer, despite being the slowest to start. It is an indeterminate pepper, and it just keeps producing until frost, so there will be a bunch of green ones still there, like the tomatoes. Red savina is determinate, which is why it got that huge number of flowers again a couple of weeks ago, after producing more in the beginning.
The hot habaneros - Chocolate, Red Savina, and Gold Bullets 9-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Jyoti is another indeterminate; again, not as fast in the beginning, but now they keep getting more ripe ones every time, and there are peppers of all different sizes.
Jyoti 9-11 Not as many as other times, but still loaded with unripes. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Thai Vesuvius is a determinate pepper, getting a huge number of peppers at about the same time, ripening is over a short period, then they produce another flush of flowers. Now, I'm getting the second batch, which are just starting to ripen, but I pick the full sized green, and freeze them, for Indian, Thai, and other dishes calling for greens. And this is also when I freeze some red ones, for the SE Asian recipes calling for fresh ripe chiles. Drying the early crops and freezing the later crops has them frozen for less time.
Jalafuego, Hanoi Market, Green Thai, a few Red Thais, and Aji Dulce 9-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

The Mosquetero Ancho seems indeterminate, as well, and has a huge number of peppers of all sizes. They are sort of small, for poblanos, but they have much thicker flesh than others I've grown. I might try to grow them 3 weeks earlier next year, to get them started earlier.
Poblanos, Aleppos, and just a few Longhorns 9-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Going back out now to do some more!
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:51 PM   #667
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Here is a picture of the raspberries and strawberries that I harvested. My favorite is the golden raspberries,, very sweet. The only issue is that there are lots of yellow jackets flying around them.

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Here is a shot of the watermelon patch. If you look closely, you can see a large striped one in the slightly lower left corner. There is a solid green one in the upper right corner. I harvested a striped one last weekend that came out good.

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Here is a picture of my cauliflowers surrounded by the watermelon vines

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Here is a picture of a flock of turkeys among the garden beds in my front yard.

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These are Chinese garlic chives. I like them because they produce all season and then flower at the end. The honeybees love these flowers. I donít see them on the raspberries but I do see lots of bumble bees there.
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Old 09-13-2019, 07:20 AM   #669
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Made 15 jars of smokey peach hot sauce, and 10 jars of sweet peach. Much of the garden didn't produce as well this year, but hot peppers keep pumping out at a good clip. I've dehydrated a bunch and made several hot sauce batches.
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Old 09-13-2019, 04:01 PM   #670
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I saw all of those chocolate habaneros ripening out there, having just picked all those two days ago that I didn't even need(!), and I decided to take them up to the Mexican Grocer/Restaurant in town, and give them to the owner. I picked another 20 or so, and put them in a bag with the 40+ from two days ago, along with 9 or 10 red savinas, and took them up there. The owner knew that I had something for him, and his eyes lit up. I asked him if he likes habaneros, and he got a funny look on his face, and started chuckling, as if to say "You have to ask?" And looked in the bag, and couldn't believe all those peppers! I told him about the varieties, and the heat in them, and he said that he'd try them later, after they close, and "treat the guys in the kitchen", which he said with sort of a devilish grin on his face.

Before I could ask, he told me that the tomatillo plants I gave him did great - I grew a six pack of plants from seed, but only needed two, so he got two green and two purples. He lives upstairs of the place, and has a small garden out on the roof - like Bayless, though nowhere near the size.

I got my usual things - some corn tortillas, some Mexican cheese, and some canned chipotles. He gives me the "employees price" when he rings it up. Same thing I do with the curry leaves at the Indian grocer. Too bad there isn't a place like this I could take all those kaffir lime leaves to, when I trim those, before bringing them in.
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