Sunday, September 26, 2010

More Garden Harvest and Updates

From a distance it looks like the garden is winding down, but there's actually still a lot of activity going on out there. Here's what's been happening over the past 2 weeks in the garden...

First, I harvested 2 beautiful cantaloupes. Both were a good size and Joe said they were delicious. Amazingly, there were no critter teeth marks on the skins. I'm not sure if the pantyhose slings had anything to do with it or not, but it's possible. These are the only 2 we'll be getting this season. Their vines are already withered and spent. The cantaloupes that were planted inside the greenhouse are still green and leafy, but no fruit. I just don't think there was enough direct sun for them in that location.

The tops of the red onions have finally started to fall over. So as they do, I've been pulling them and laying them out to cure. They vary in size from a couple of inches to 4-5 inches in diameter.

The corn is progressing nicely with 2 ears on nearly every stalk.
One of the things I planted for fall was a purple hulled green been. I only planted 6-8 plants to see how they faired. The plants are very small, barely 12 inches tall. But they are already producing well and the beans are beautiful!

Many of the pink-eyed, purple hull cowpeas were ready for harvest today, so I pulled and shelled them.
There were only 12 pods ready to harvest. They yielded an 1/8 of a cup of peas. That's ok. I only planted ~12-18 plants as a test run this year. I wasn't sure if they would grow in Southern CA since I couldn't find the seeds locally. But they are growing nicely.
I blanched and froze today's harvest and will add the remaining harvest to come as the pods ripen fully. Aren't they beautiful?!

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