I wish I could say that I did a ton, out in the garden this week. However, it was busy for me. On top of that, Mother Nature was gracious enough to gift Baltimore with record rain, which saved me from having to water, and again caused me to regret not having rain barrels. Eventually, I’ll get one of those giant 500 gallon jugs, to save rain and snow water.
I’ve also done a lot of research, these last couple weeks, on hydroponics, aquaponics, and bubbleponics. I definitely think that I’ll be doing some growing, next year, using these methods. In the back of my mind, I hope to one day never need soil and the problems that it can bring…
Bush Early Girl
Note: These instantly became part of salsa, along with many of the pickings from last week. Although the salsa looks delicious, it looks more like pico de gallo. I, again, continue to be pleased with these Bush Early Girl tomatoes.
Harvest: 2 Bush Early Girls Weight: 9 7/8oz.
Sweet Million Cherry Tomatoes
Note: I think this plant is on its last legs. With all the rain that we’ve received, over the last two weeks, here in Baltimore, its leaves have yellowed and started to shrivel. It’s probably a fungal infection that I don’t feel like dealing with, this late in the season. I’ll probably plant multiple of these, next season. Pleased with the output and taste.
Harvest: 6 Cherry Tomatoes Weight: 1 1/4oz.
Patio Pickler Cucumber
Note: This plant only has one fruit left, growing on it. I think that it has slowed down to the point where I’ll probably retire it, soon. However, it still has one more giant yellow flower on it. So, I refuse to give up on it, quite yet.
Harvest: 1 Cucumber Weight: 10 7/8oz.
Note: These will join the others that are drying, in the basement.
Harvest: 3 Peppers Weight: 7/8oz.
Note: Oh yeah. Time for round two of Jalapeno poppers. This time, taco-style. I reddened two of the peppers so that I could harvest the seeds to start more of them, next year.
Harvest: 14 Peppers Weight: 5 1/8oz.
Red Beauty Peppers
Note: These were quickly gutted after picking, being prepped for stuffed peppers: dinner Monday night. My only regret so far is that I only have one of these, this year. I would have loved to have continuous peppers, over the course of the summer, rather than sporadically.
Harvest: 3 Peppers Weight: oz.
Early Sunsation Sweet Bell Pepper
Note: Definitely golden. Definitely not early.
Harvest: 2 Peppers Weight: oz.
The bell peppers were used for stuffed peppers, as I mentioned before. Since these bell beauties have matured, I feel comfortable saving the seeds. Previously, I’ve saved seeds from one each, and both of those produced maybe a few dozen seeds, total. The two yellows, from above, were seeded and saved on the right. On the left, the three reds generously shared. I look forwarded to being able to give these out to those that one them, in the coming months.
Weekly Total (doesn’t include various herbs): 47 1/8oz.
2011 Year-To-Date Total (doesn’t include various herbs): 23.8046875lbs. (380 7/8oz.)
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