Harvest Monday – Morning Edition: 08/12/2013

August 12, 2013  |  12 Comments  |  by Ben Czajkowski  |  Gardening
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Another pepper-tastic week in the garden. No major casualties to report.

Harvest Monday 08/12/2013

Ripening giant Aconcagua pepper

Last week, the giant Aconcagua pepper plant had a fruit that completely decayed, on the plant, during ripening. Luckily, I have one pepper on there that appears to be holding its own, for the time being; it’s beginning to ripen. There are also two other peppers that are still growing.

Scottish Kale

Picked Scottish Kale

In the kitchen, I had a few Kale plants that I kept tiny. From them, I picked leaves that I would add into the baby’s purees. Sadly, they were hit with aphids, and I just decided to cut and wash the leaves.

Leaving the plant outside overnight, most of the aphids decided to find a new home or were eaten. I still harvested the plants and have two more prepping in the Aerogarden.

Birds pecked into this Red Beauty Bell Pepper

Red Beauty Bell pepper ripening on the plant

Another bird got at one of my two remaining Red Beauty Bell peppers. What you can’t see is about 1/3 of it is still green-red. I picked it, and my wife cut away the bad spots. She fried up strips and put it them into her red beans and rice dish.

The remaining Red Beauty is being checked daily for problems. At the time of this writing, it’s in good shape!

Boston Pickling Cucumbers

The Kratky Method Boston Pickling Cucumber plant put out another round of cukes. The plant is suffering a bit. I cut off the dried leaves and tried to re-string some of the vines to increase airflow. So far, I’ve been very pleased with this method of hydroponics and cucumber plant, in general.

Mini Yellow Bell Peppers, Fish Peppers, and Chinese Five-Colored Peppers

Lastly, the hot peppers and mini bell pepper plants continue to put out a decent crop.

Weekly Weights:
Red Beauty Bell Peppers: 4 3/4 oz.
Yellow Mini Bell Peppers: 8 1/4 oz.
Fish and Chinese Peppers: 3 1/4 oz.
Cherry Bomb Peppers: 2 1/8 oz.
Boston Pickling Cucumbers: 1 lb. 4 5/8 oz.
Scottish Kale: 1/2 oz.

Visit Daphne’s page and to see others and share your harvest.

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12 Responses to “Harvest Monday – Morning Edition: 08/12/2013”

Jenny says:

What a wonderful selection of peppers you have! And nice cucumbers and kale harvest too.

Thanks! My baby loves the cukes and kale blended together in plain yogurt. So, I’m fortunate to be able to use it all!

Shawn Ann says:

What a nice variety of peppers. Hope you can keep the birds from your peppers. So frustrating!

I’d rather fight the birds than the damn ground squirrels…. mutter….

Norma Chang says:

Nice harvest. Wild life is a huge problem in my garden. What if you net the larger peppers?

That’s what I’ve been thinking about doing, actually. I’m waiting for this final pepper to ripen before disturbing the plant too much. I don’t want to accidentally break it off :)

Sharon says:

Wow those peppers look great, that is one crop I have problems growing,.

Thanks! I haven’t been as lucky as I wanted to this year (wound up with 2 of my 3 sweet bell peppers being hot pepper plants instead; one of my peppers last week decayed on the plant). But I can’t complain about the color, certainly, nor the mini bell peppers! They’ve been quite good to me :)

Patsy says:

Your peppers look fantastic! I rarely get any to the red stage, so I enjoy seeing those beautiful colors!

I grow all the colors of the rainbow :)

Dave's SFG says:

Nice pepper harvest. I have Aconcagua this year but still waiting for peppers. I think they are late producers. I had your experience with a tomato. Put my hand under and clipped the stem and the thing exploded into goo in my hand. No idea what the cause is. I have a Fish pepper but still waiting for it to even blossom. Another late one. And I’m growing (intentionally) some sweet red cherries. They are very productive and ripen quickly. My daughter likes the ones from the olive bar at the store, pickled and stuffed with mozzarella. When I picked my first one I very carefully tasted it, just in case there was a mix up!

Bee Girl says:

Your peppers are really gorgeous! I just love the colors! And, I have to say, I never thought about growing those mini bell peppers you see in the stores! Thanks for the inspiration!