Right photo: Cross section of the luffa. There was no seed. Could have waited a few more days to harvest. Wonder how much longer it would grow?????
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Peeled away the ridges and part of the skin. Cut into wedges. Stir fried in a bit of oil, salt, garlic slices and Chinese chives flowers for a few minutes. So tasty.
Butternut squashes not quite ready, but given the situation with the angry critters, decided to harvest 4. They passed the nail test but may not keep well, needed to stay on the vine a bit longer. Left 2 on the vine to make comparison.
Having the eggplant wearing knee-hi’s kept away the critters but it also blanched the fruit. The eggplant in front was higher up from the ground so I decided it did not need knee-hi. Notice the deeper purple color.
Eggplant collection from my garden: Left, 3 ping tungs. Center, Japanese long purple. Right, Listada de Gandia. The Japanese long purple and the Listada de Gandia both have slightly thicker skin, may need peeling. The ping tung skin is thin and tender, never needs peeling, is never bitter, so no need to salt, my favorite eggplant.
Still harvesting: green and white bittermelons, sweet potato vines, Swiss chard, lettuce, kale, collard, blackberries and figs.
Days are getting shorter and nights are getting cold, plants will still be growing and producing but at a slower pace.
Too many pears in clusters, resulting in small fruits. Early spring, I was going to thin out the fruits, but the tree was self-thinning. Not knowing how much or how long this self-thinning was going to be, I worried that if I thin also I may end up with no fruit, so did no thinning, big mistake.
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