As this past week progressed, we got more and more warnings about the potential for Hurricane Lee to possibly strike us. Toward the end of the week, it became more clear that the storm would veer east of us, and that's what happened, hitting coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes as a tropical storm. So on Saturday we just got showers and gusty winds. That's good, because no one needs a hurricane!
Some more "first harvests" rolled in this week, and that's where I'll start. The fiery hot Habanero peppers made their first appearance on Monday. This is a hybrid version called "Helios" from the Johnny's Selected Seeds breeding program, and it's earlier and more productive than the open-pollinated parent.
|Helios (F1) Habanero peppers|
Looking very similar, but with a much different flavor, is "Habanada." A friend gave me a plant last year and I saved seeds. It has all the floral characteristics of Habanero, but with no heat. As such, it's a good "seasoning pepper" for such things as bean dishes. Have to make sure not to mix them up with the hot version!
|Escamillo (F1) sweet pepper|
|Early SunGlow (hybrid)|
Last year a mystery squash grew out of my compost pile, and produced small white pumpkins. It must have come from a fall decoration composted the year before. I saved some seeds, and planted it this year. I think this variety is called Baby Boo, and I have to chuckle when I see them selling at the farm stands for $2 each.
The combination of severe February weather, and a hard frost in mid-May, destroyed much of the fruit crop potential in this area. For us, we've gotten no peaches, apples, grapes, or blueberries. So it's a surprise that we got pears. This is the entire crop, and they're small and lumpy, but they always are, as the trees were planted in a too-shady spot (not by me). Still, it's nice to have them.
|Monday general harvest|
|Community garden harvest|
|Fermenting Habanero and cayenne pepper mashes|