Harvest Monday: Oct 1

October is bringing in abundant sunshine and it is quire rare here in Pacific Northwest. Fall has begun and we are appreciating everything this garden hhas been producing.

I have been picking so much over last week, here is recap:

beans

Sunday: Green beans and one small early girl tomato. Green beans are mix of Contender (Ed Hume Seeds) and from cheap seed packets of Harvester (American Seeds). Early girls come from seedlings I picked up from local drugstore early summer.h

tomatoes

Monday: few cherry tomatoes


summer harvest

Tuesday: More tomatoes, more green and wax beans and Muncher cucumber

blight

Saturday: Tomatoes (mix of Early Girl, Cherry and San Marzano with some blight). I checked remaining of San Marzanos of any of them showing blight and removed affected promptly.  More beans, un-pollinated Zucchini and more Muncher cucumbers were picked.
While walking our lovely Sammamish river trail, me and friend came upon this lovely Pear Tree loaded with fruits along the riverside. Us and few other folks did pick few fruits.

Harvest Summary for week:

Green/Wax Beans: about 45
Tomatoes: 17
Cucumbers: 5
Misc: small zuk and pears

Cold Garden

I am cold, my kids are cold, tomatoes are cold, even compost pile is getting cold.. in July. I am out wearing a polar fleece today. Summer is absent and Cliff Mass says it’s going to be absent for another couple weeks.  There’s persistent cloud cover that won’t budge, light is so dim we have to put indoor light on at 4pm. Only good news is I haven’t watered lawn at all this year, not even single time. Now who wants to trade spots with this part of the country? I don’t think peppers are going to survive this year, CVG doesn’t think either. Here’s walkthrough of garden – it’s cold and soggy.


DSC_0497Lettuce: (Black Seeded Simpson) in container. Seeds are from local ACE hardware shop. Sown on 14 June.

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Bush Beans: (contender and blue lake bush). Seeds are from trusted Ed Hume, sown on 12 June and 26 June. Last year’s beans were bountiful, I am growing them on same spot this year.

DSC_0495Peppers: (Nu Mex Joe Parker, Italia Sweet and Thai Orange) all of the pepper plants are bought from local Home Depot. Joe parker is getting big, ready to be harvested next week. Thai peppers are suffering from cold, yet to flower. Italia variety have 2-3 tiny peppers. Nothing looks promising in this cold. Heat loving plants like pepper and eggplant are definitely not loving this weather.

 

 

 

 

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Summer Squash aka Zucchini: (Black and Yellow) I sown 2 types, I don’t know which seedling is which, I lost track of what I sown. I guess I’ll find out in a month. Last year I was looking at zuk blossoms by this time, not sure what’s in store this year. Seeds come from Ferry Morse and Ed Hume. Sown on 13th June.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSC_0490Tomatoes: (Black Plum, Chocolate Cherry, Yellow Pear and Roma). Look at my tomatoes, they look pitiful. Can you even spot 5 tomato plants here? Errr…. tomatoes are hating hating hating this weather, they are hardly growing, blossoms are falling off in cool, not setting any tomatoes. I have least expectations from Black plum but cherry types should set tiny fruits (usually I have seen cherry types setting fruit even in cooler weather.

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Mix of all – Clockwise from top – Snap Peas (Super Sugar Ann) , Chavali Beans (Asparagus Beans), Cabbage (pinetree early cabbage), Beans (Yellow was). This bed is mix of all – mix in weeds too. Plan is to harvest peas first, beans will get good space to grow, cabbage will be transplanted to peas space then.

 

 

 

 

 

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Methi, fenugreek in back and Beets in front. Fenugreek seeds are from local Indian store. Beets are early wonder. Methi will be ready as early as next week.

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Cucumber (Mucher): Cucumbers are growing very SLOW. It’s been 2 months and these aren’t even second leaf stage. Heat is absent and cukes are not liking it. I won’t even bother putting in trellis for another couple weeks.

Beets are ready

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Purple/Red beet heads are peeking out of ground and ready to be harvested. These were started from seeds on 20th June , transplanted in a month and ready by 5th October. That’s 100 days till harvest. Not all of them are ready yet, some are still in ground, not sure if this depends on amount of sun or water they are getting.

Notes added later: I went back and checked seed packet information, these are – Detroit Dark Red. Packet says 60 days till harvest. (?, it’s almost 100 days now…)

I am finding that Vegetables in my backyard are typically taking plenty more or less time to mature than what’s on seed packet, it just varies. Peas and cucumbers were earlier than maturity days on packet. Peas (50 days, maturity days listed on seed packet – 70 days) and cucumbers (muncher, 45 days, maturity days on packet 62 days) . On the other hand, butternut squash listed as 90 days, I seeded those on 1st June, it’s 130 days today and all I have is tiny tiny green fruit that may never ripe. I think I just have to go by what works for me, make a journal of success/failure from this year.