pepperhead212's 2020 garden

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Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:08 am

Very nice looking pepper plant—lots of peppers. Great haul on everything else.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:10 pm

I think I'm going to grill a lot of these tomatoes, then can them - good to have around for Mexican dishes. Surprisingly, I only knocked those 4 green ones off, harvesting all of these!
ImageProbably the most tomatoes I ever harvested in one day. 8-1 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

I've never had this kind - sounds totally different from most others, as the seeds are supposedly edible.
ImageThe Okinawan Pure White Bitter Melon, from Baker Creek. First harvest 8-1 by pepperhead212, on Flick
Later on I'll give my experience with those different tomatoes. All of those in the basket are from 5 determinate varieties, and a couple seemed good, while others definitely weren't keepers. Same with the indeterminates, as well. I'll find out more when cutting them up, as well as tasting.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:14 pm

Nice looking bunch of tomatoes! What is the white dust?
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 8:54 pm

That white dust is Surround, which is on most of my larger tomatoes - I try to keep it off the cherries, as it's a pain to remove from small tomatoes. I just rinsed it off of all of these (except for those in the basket - I ran out of drying space!).
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:13 pm

I got a lot done today - even though I really didn't want to be out in that heat and humidity, it was windy, so that made it bearable. I took my canner outside, to jar some tomatoes, without putting all that heat into my house, but first I cooked a bunch of tomatoes on the grill, for "fire roasted" tomatoes, to use in Mexican food. I got 4 quarts, though one didn't seal, so that's in the fridge.
ImageRoasting a bunch of tomatoes, for canning. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageTomatoes roasted on the grill, to make sauce. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageThe fire roasted tomatoes, for canning. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

I also picked many of my cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes, and tigers. I left the sunsugars for tomorrow.
ImageAbout 3 quarts of Sprite tomatoes. 8-2 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageAbout 2 quarts of Cherry Bomb tomatoes. 8-2 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageGreen and Lucky Tigers, 8-2 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

And a few eggplants, as usual.
ImageEggplants, 8-2 harvest. That whitish one is a neon I missed for a few days! by pepperhead212, on Flickr

I also pulled those 4 Red Bor kale plants, that were still out there growing, without bolting. I trimmed the leaves off all of the stems, and had about 3 full 12 qt bowls of it, before washing and cutting! But it steamed down to about 9 qts.
ImageThe 4 Red Bor kale plants, finally pulled up, 8-12 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageThe kale, after being cleaned, cut, and steamed, in a 12 qt bowl, ready to freeze. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageKale, Foodsavered and ready to freeze. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

I was going to make Thai grilled chicken, since I was using the grill, but I ran out of time! That will be early tomorrow, before the rain gets here.
ImagePaste for Thai grilled chicken. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageMarinating the Thai chicken. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:53 pm

That was a beautiful harvest and you did a good days work putting it up for future use. Your efforts are paying off nicely.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:03 am

Wow, you are definitely putting in a lot of work! I'm curious if you eat any of the leaves and shoots from the bottle gourds you grow. My Bangladeshi neighbors at the community garden do and so I just cooked up a bunch last night with a sauce made with black bean paste and soy and they were really tasty. I think I might like that better than the actual gourds, lol.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:46 pm

@zendog I have never tried the leaves or shoots, but I have picked the tendrils, which those bottle gourds have a lot of, on all those vines! The Tinda and bitter gourds don't have large tendrils, so they can't really be used, though they also have huge numbers of them.

I didn't do much today - just got everything I could put away, or weighted down, to get ready for the storm coming.

In the peppers, I did notice that my "chocolate" habanero is ripening yellow, so it much be a stray seed, and I haven't had a yellow variety for a long time. And the Hanoi Market and Thai peppers - both Vesuvious and Superthai - are ripening fast! All these other things I've been harvesting, and the peppers are just getting started! :o
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Tue Aug 04, 2020 2:56 pm

The only damage I could find that storm did to my garden was to two peppers - stems of about half each of a Thai Vesuvius, which was conpletely snapped off, and the Aji Dulce, which was about 2/3 snapped, but still hanging.

What I tried was putting them back together, holding them with grafting tape. I'll see if it works.
ImageThai vesuvius, totally snapped off by wind, and put back together with grafting tape. 8-4 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageAji dulce, snapped off about 2/3 of the way by wind, held back together by grafting tape. 8-4 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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