It is a week like this past one that makes me want to rage-quit gardening. However, with each hardship comes the opportunity to learn, grow, and become a better gardener. And tell Mother Nature [censored], [redacted], and [I want pie].
I went out on Tuesday to harvest my Fairy Tale Eggplants; it was time that they became part of me. ONLY THEY WERE GONE! The ones that were still on there had what looked to be teeth marks on them. I believe this little bugger is the culprit.
Don’t be persuaded by its cuteness. It is pure evil.
The second frustration came from the damn caterpillars finding my Ichiban eggplant fruit and a couple of my tomatoes. Compost city. I’ve tried to examine each of the fruits, every day, since then. However, with the dozens and dozens of tomatoes that are currently out there, it’s difficult to be diligent.
The last frustration is just the heat. I spent 15 minutes outside, and I come in looking like I went swimming. I’d gladly trade place with Holly and her non-summer. At least I have had NO allergy problems here, this year.
All right, on to the harvest!
Fairy Tale Eggplants
I pulled off whatever fruits were left. I at least wanted to try some before various creatures ruined my eggplant experience for me. They’re only a few inches long.
Note: I think I’m going to split them, cover them with various spices, and then bake/broil them to see how they work out.
Harvest: 4 eggplants Weight: 4 3/4oz.
Window Sill Green Onions
Note: A little while back, I bough a bunch of onions from an Asian market. The roots were still in good condition, so I cut the stocks off a few inches above the root balls. I put them in a glass of water on the window sill. And since, they have just taken off. I’m now on round two. I need to give them some nutrients, though.
Harvest: 1 Bunch Weight: 5/8oz.
This plant is just producing an absolutely insane amount of peppers. No idea what I’m going to do with them all. Making more pickles, probably. Haha!
Harvest: 13 Pepperoncinis Weight: 3 3/4oz.
Yellow Pear Tomatoes
I finally got some tomatoes. Eff you, grackles.
Harvest: 2 Tiny Tomatoes Weight: 1/2oz.
Red Beauty Bell Pepper
First bell pepper of the season! Woo!
Harvest: 1 Bell Pepper Weight: 4 1/4oz.
Patio Pickler Cucumber
No idea what to do with them all. So, I gave one to the neighbor. Currently, three others have been pickled, are spicy, and are delicious. I could probably eat them all, in one sitting.
Note: Skin is thicker than desired, for pickling. I tried picking some of these at a younger age. Oh yeah, plant dill for next year. And lots of it.
Harvest: 5 Cucumbers Weight: 35 3/4oz.
Dun dun dun!
Weekly Total (doesn’t include various herbs): 49 5/8oz.
2011 Year-To-Date Total (doesn’t include various herbs): 7.0703125lbs (113 1/8oz.)