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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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Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:34 pm

Today I realised that the branch that I tried to fix on the Thai pepper plant had died. I had tried sprinkling them with water frequently, and waited for them to come back, but it died, so I picked all of the peppers from it today, and there were a lot! The branch on the Aji Dulce, however, seems to have come back. The leaves will wilt slightly in the sun, but come back as soon as the sun is off of them.
ImageUnfortunately, the section of the Thai Vesuvius, that I tried to put back together with grafting tape, did not make it. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageAll of the peppers from the dead branch of the Thai Vesuvius. 8-7 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageThe damaged branch of the Aji Dulce, recovering well. 8-7 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

The habaneros are starting to ripen, but they are not chocolates, just some orange hab - must have been a stray seed in the pack. I'm sure they'll still be good.
ImageRipening habanero, supposed to be chocolate, but must have been a stray seed. 8-7 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Sat Aug 08, 2020 8:46 pm

A few more things later today:
ImageA couple of bitter melons, and some more tomatoes and eggplants. 8-8 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageTomatillos, and a few more tomatoes. 8-8 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageA really strange Amish Gold Slicer, all on one stem. 8-8 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

The cucumber plants looked horrible, after all this rain and humidity brought on some bad fungal disease. I picked my last 3 today, and pulled the 3 plants, planting 3 clones, after clearing all the vines.
ImageMy last few cucumbers - you can see why I pulled the plants out! by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Image3 cucumber clones, planted on 8-8 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Tue Aug 11, 2020 2:35 pm

It's pepper time! In addition to all those tomatoes, peppers are starting to ripen big time, though many of the Ajis are not ripening yet.
ImageThai Vesuvius, picked a couple of days ago,, ripe and ready to dry. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Image3rd picking of Thai Vesuvius. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageClockwise from TL- Hanoi Market, unk. Habanero, Aji Dulce, Superchili, Superthai, Jalapeño. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Post: # 27961Unread post MsCowpea
Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:30 pm

Great pictures of your super harvest. Your roasted tomato sauce looks fantastic. I used to cook sauce outside too on a camp stove. Better than my electric stove in the house.
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Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:00 pm

Thanks, @MsCowpea. I'll be making more of that fire roasted sauce tomorrow or Thursday, as I have even more than last time.
I went back out, when the shade was on the areas, and pulled every tomato, green and ripened, from those determinate ones, 6 varieties. It doesn't look like any of them are starting to flower much again, like some do after the initial picking, so I may be pulling those soon. Other tomatoes are still doing well, and the bitter melons and tinda gourds are loaded. I got some dark seeds from the largest tinda gourd - I'll see if a couple sprout, and save them for next season, though I still have a lot in the seed pack. The new white bitter melon is not at all bitter, and the inside is not red, like the photo in Baker Creek (my source for the seeds), so I assume that it's not mature enough, but when I leave them much longer, they start getting brown spots, and even those aren't red. I saved some seeds, but don't think they are mature enough - I'll find out.
ImageAbout 2 layers of ripe tomatoes, plus a lot of green ones on top, for pickling. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageAbout 2 more quarts of Sprites. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageBitter melons and Tinda gourds. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageThe new white Okinawan Bitter Melon, cut open. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageGreen bitter melon, cut open, and partly seeded. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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Tue Aug 11, 2020 6:00 pm

Thanks, @MsCowpea. I'll be making more of that fire roasted sauce tomorrow or Thursday, as I have even more tomatoes than last time.
I went back out, when the shade was on the areas, and pulled every tomato, green and ripened, from those determinate ones, 6 varieties. It doesn't look like any of them are starting to flower much again, like some do after the initial picking, so I may be pulling those soon. Other tomatoes are still doing well, and the bitter melons and tinda gourds are loaded. I got some dark seeds from the largest tinda gourd - I'll see if a couple sprout, and save them for next season, though I still have a lot in the seed pack. The new white bitter melon is not at all bitter, and the inside is not red, like the photo in Baker Creek (my source for the seeds), so I assume that it's not mature enough, but when I leave them much longer, they start getting brown spots, and even those aren't red. I saved some seeds, but don't think they are mature enough - I'll find out.
ImageAbout 2 layers of ripe tomatoes, plus a lot of green ones on top, for pickling. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageAbout 2 more quarts of Sprites. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageBitter melons and Tinda gourds. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageThe new white Okinawan Bitter Melon, cut open. 8-11 by pepperhead212, on Flickr

ImageGreen bitter melon, cut open, and partly seeded. by pepperhead212, on Flickr
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