Monday, September 26, 2011

Harvest Monday

The peppers, cherry tomatoes and beans have started producing like mad with the cooler weather and shorter days.
Above, this is from one plant of 'Tennessee Spice' pepper and their are twice as many still green on the plant!
Above, I'm still getting some full size peppers along with lot's of smaller ones;
Above, 'New Big Dwarf' is still producing some full size tomatoes.  The bowl is one days harvest of cherry tomatoes.
Above, a mix of all the pole for the week.  It is well over a pound and a half.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Harvest Monday and the Mystery Bean

Peppers and pole beans were the theme this week.
Above, the mystery bean.  The color did not come out that well but it is green with violet shadings.  this week I took a good look at all of the pole bean plants.  I save my pole by color, ie. a white seeded, black seeded etc.  The white seeded is a 'Romano' type, the buff seeded is 'Trionfo Violetto' a purple bean.  Since the vine is in with the white seeded types it must be a variant of the buff seeded 'Trionfo Violetto'.  What ever it's origins, it is very productive and I've marked several pods to save the seeds and see what happens with it next year.

Above, the peppers are coloring up very fast now, but are much smaller.
Above, 'Cornettoe Largo Verde' pole beans- the largest are almost a foot long and still tender!
Above, more peppers, a few 'Trionfo Violetto' and 'Tennessee Greasy' pole beans.
Above, some flowers from the garden.  This year I grew two kinds of cockscomb, you can see the red 'Toreador' in the bouquet.  Both did great this year and were the most commented on flowers in the garden.  The only problem being I have not been able to get a good picture if either one!  the only  problem with cockscomb as a cut flower is that it sheds seed all over the table!
Above, a close up of the bouquet.  This is the best photo of the 'Sweet 16' cosmos this year.

Not pictured were the cherry tomatoes and another 'Muncher' cucumber.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Harvest Monday

No tomatoes this week.  We had seven straight days of rain, some of it very heavy.  The tomatoes did not split, they exploded!  Every tomato that was showing color looks like that there was a tiny bomb placed inside and detonated.  I've never seen this before.
Yesterday it finally dried up enough so I could venture out and for a small harvest.  Another 'Caserta" squash and 'Muncher' cucumber.  The pole beans are now starting to come in.  I was a little afraid the late planting, July 1, was to late but there should be a good month of heavy harvests now.

I do have a mystery bean.  With the exception of 'Tennessee Greasy', the rest of the beans were from saved seed.  It is among the section of 'Cornetto Largo Verde' which is a white seeded, white flowered, flat bean.  This bean has purple on the stems near the leaf joints, the flowers are lavender and the bean pods are round with a purple blush.  To me it looks like a cross between 'Potomac' and 'Trionfo Violetto'.  It is literally dripping with pods so I'll be saving seed to see if it comes true.

The rest of the garden is a disaster... just what you'd expect after a week of pouring rain.

Harvest Monday is hosted by Daphne's Dandelions.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Harvest Monday

Not much to report this week.  The tomato's are thankfully starting to slow down, except for the cherry tomatoes.
Above, peppers and tomatoes.  The cherries are 'Black Cherry' and 'Snowberry' my two favorites, finally enough for meals and munching!
Above, the pole beans are starting those are the longer ones towards the center and the first 'Muncher' cucumbers! 
A new visitor to the garden.  This black snake is huge at least six feet long and very ornery.  He must have been passing through as I've not seen him since.

Have a great holiday!

Harvest Monday is hosted Daphne's Dandelions.