Hello again from Eight Gate Farm. Sunday (yesterday) dawned with temperatures very close to freezing. As soon as I could, I went out to the planting areas to check. No apparent damage fortunately. The 10 day forecast predicts that this was the coldest we'll see. So no need to panic harvest, for awhile at least.
I managed one new harvest this week, the result of an experiment I tried this year. I started several varieties of determinate tomatoes on June 9 and transplanted them on July 15. The goal was to see if doing so would escape the diseases that always take down the determinates in midsummer. I chose varieties that were quick-maturing, 55 days or less. The thought was I could get a good harvest starting in September that would last until first frost.
I would not say this was a success. Some of the plants failed to get big, and the first harvest was a month later than promised, and will really amount to nothing. The first ripe fruits came from the "Glacier" variety, something I've grown in the past and whose taste was unimpressive. Same thing this year. But here they are:
|'Glacier' det. tomatoes|
|Final hot pepper harvest|
|Hot Lemon peppers|
I'm keeping the sweet pepper plants for now, in case the fruits put on any more growth. Sweet peppers can be used in any stage of maturity. I'll probably cut the aubergine plants this coming week as we've had enough of them too.
|Final eggplant harvest plus sweet peppers|
|Habanero and Sugar Rush Peach sauces|