Welcome to another Harvest Monday update from Eight Gate Farm. We had a number of "first harvests" this week, and said goodbye to other crops.
Starting with the firsts, here are "Thai Hot" peppers:
I love the way the fruit on the plant looks like miniature Christmas lights:
I haven't tried them yet, so I can't tell you how hot they are. The Kitchen Goddess wants to save them up to make Peri Peri.
We got the first "Rosita" eggplant:
And the first "Soloist" Chinese cabbage, on the left in the picture below. Also shown are the last (for now) "Brisk Green" pak choi. I set out another batch of pak choi seedlings, hoping to get one last harvest for the year.
The first and only scarlet runner beans (left) and the first and only "Kenearly" yellow-eye beans. I'm very pleased with the abundance of the runners, considering the plants didn't vine as much as in past years. The Kenearly is a disappointment. The plants never grew strong. They will dry in the sunroom until they can be shelled, then dried further for storage.
Some other harvests:
You may notice that in my corn harvest pictures the ears frequently lack silks. This is due (I believe) to my ongoing problem with earwigs (the dreaded "pincher bugs" of my childhood) eating them. Anyway, I often find them nestling in the damp place where the cobs meet the stalks. I've tried "Crawling Insect Killer" (diatomaceous earth) with no effect, and now spray with spinosad, not very effective either. It's not much of a problem if the cobs have already been pollinated before their silks are eaten, but if they haven't been pollinated, well, you get no pollination. If anyone knows of a good organic control, I'm all "ears" (chuckle).
I harvested the last of the "Sugar Buns" corn this weekend, about 20 small cobs. Wait, if I ever want to market my crops I've got to learn better terms. How about artisanal?
Some of the best were eaten on the cob, and the rest were cut and frozen for "niblets."
Still plenty of corn to go, which makes me happy. We've barely touched the Honey Select on the left, and the 4 taller rows of Silver Queen have not been picked at all.
Lastly, the remaining snap beans and tiny, whoops, artisanal beets were picked. Voles had their way with both.
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