This past week was not one of the better harvest weeks.
Went to the garden carrying a basket to harvest some Asian pears and came face to face with the above sight (this is just a portion of what is on the ground). Also this sight on the right. Yes, this pear is still hanging on the tree and so are many more partially eaten ones.
The week before the tree was laden with pears. I was looking forward to a good harvest so I could share with friends.
Who is the culprit? Could chipmunks do this much damage? Did the deer get into the garden? The birds? Squirrels?
I did salvage a few but they were not the best looking ones nor the big juicy ones. Those were taken.
Decided to start dig in some sweet potatoes. Imagine my surprise when I came across this hole (above photo) and noticed the vines were not attached to any sweet potato. There were many more holes in the same patch and the vines were in the same conditions.
I knew something was digging and eating the sweet potatoes.
The past few weeks I have come across small tunnels and a few partially eaten sweet potatoes, but surely they would leave me some.
They left me some all right (these were actually very good size sweet potatoes).
Was so upset I did not bother to gather any of the tender vines for cooking.
Am going to dig the other sweet potato patch this week, hopefully the scenery is a prettier one. Will gather the tender vines before I start to dig, just in case.
I thought last year was bad (more than ¼ of the sweet potatoes were partially eaten) but this year is worse. I think last year’s critters returned with not only the family but relatives as well. Next year am going to plant my sweet potatoes in large container. Will this keep away the critters or will they climb up and in?
How do farmers manage?????
The Brussels sprouts plant is gorgeous looking, but for some reason, no Brussels sprouts formed this year. This is the first time where I have zero Brussels sprouts. Was this due to the extended heat wave we had over the summer? Must do some research to find the answer. I do see some tiny, tiny ones starting to form so will leave the plants and see what happens.
Bittermelons yellowing (about 1 dozen) at the baby stage (the one at top in the basket is a mature green bittermelon). Is this due to the low night time temperature (40′s) we are experiencing? Both green and white were doing so well.
This blue hubbard squash plant finally decided to set fruit. It is too late in the season but will leave the plant and fruit to continue to grow until frost is in the forecast. Maybe the immature squash will make for a “summer-like” eating squash.
The other blue hubbard plant has one fruit which I think (hope) will mature.
For the large amount of real estate these plants occupy and the meager yield, this is a NO for next year.
There is a happy ending.
Harvest the above beauty. A 5+ pounds pumpkin. It is a volunteer so no idea what variety it is. Maybe a sugar pumpkin. Do sugar pumpkins get this big?
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