Harvest Monday, August 4, 2014 – A Few First Harvests + Sugar Pod Peas Transplant

eggplant & tomato (06560)Had a few first harvest this past week
Left to right: Ping Tung eggplant, San Marzano Tomatoes & Stupice Heirloom Tomatoes
 Sun Gold Tomatoes (far right) are not first

cross section of tomatoes (06564)

Cross Section of Tomatoes
Left to right: San Marzano, Stupice & Sun Gold
As you can see from the above photo, the San Marzano is not as juicy as the other 2 varieties

I read that San Marzano makes delicious sauce so decided to grow them this year. Hoping for a bountiful harvest.

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stupice heirloom tommato (06544)

Stupice Heirloom Tomato in Container

Stupice Heirloom tomato is an early variety and the tomato is supposed to be 2 – 3 inches across. The largest of mine was only 1½” across, not much larger than a cherry tomato. May be it is because I planted it in a container. Would a larger container give bigger tomatoes? Don’t know.

This is the first time I am growing this variety, don’t really care for it as the skin is quite thick, but for a first slicing tomato of the season it is not bad. Will try a different early variety next year.

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Ping Tung eggplant in container (06546)

Ping Tung Eggplant in Container

Decided to plant my Ping Tung eggplant in container this year and did not have any flea beetles damage. On the plants there are quite a few baby eggplants and lots of flowers. Planting in container was a good decision.

Planted 2 plants in a 20″ x 14″ x 13″ foam ice chest. Both plants are doing well but appear a bit crowded. Will put only 1 plant in the container next year. The small plant under the eggplant is thyme. Read that thyme is a good companion plant for eggplant. Wondered if that is the reason I do not have flea beetles damage.

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kohlrabi (06555)

Not sure of the variety as I lost the tag
This is also a first. A late first, but better late than never.

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Chinese (garlic) chives (06580)

Chinese (also known as Garlic) Chives & Chinese Chives Flowers 

It was a challenging and interesting week as a result most of the above harvests went into the fridge or shared with friends.

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suger snap peas seedlings (06549)

Sugar Pod Seedlings

Pulled up my spring planted sugar snap peas plants. Enriched the area with composted cow manure and organic granular fertilizer and transplanted the sugar pod seedlings I started in 4-inch pots on July 8.

First time replanting the same thing in the same location. Am I making a mistake? Will find out soon.

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grasshopper (06557)

Ending post with this beauty!

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About Norma Chang

I am the author/publisher of 2 user-friendly Chinese cookbooks: "My Students' Favorite Chinese Recipes (updated edition)" and "Wokking Your Way to Low Fat Cooking" A gardener who enjoys cooking and eating and loves to think outside the box A garden volunteer at Locust Grove Heritage Vegetable Garden Conduct hands-on cooking workshops for teenagers Conduct cultural programs for children and family Conduct healthy cooking classes for adults
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64 Responses to Harvest Monday, August 4, 2014 – A Few First Harvests + Sugar Pod Peas Transplant

  1. I love that purple kohlrabi! Chinese chives I grew last year were so tiny…not sure why..maybe they didn’t get enough sun?

  2. I haven’t had much luck with tomatoes until this year – not sure why and my garlic chives always seem to do well.
    I love your eggplant!
    Have a wonderful week ahead Norma.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  3. My grandparents grow tomatoes but they are never like this 😛 So ripe and fresh!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. San Marzano tomatoes are one of my favorites for making sauce. I’ve had a time with early blight this year and even though the San Marzano plants have leaves dying, they have still produced lots of tomatoes. I hope yours do well!

  5. Jenny says:

    Very nice harvest, and yes San Marzano doesn’t have as much liquid/seed which makes it perfect for sauces. Though i prefer to use other varieties as SM always come all at once and die off too quickly. I’d rather have vines that keep producing till frost.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Jenny,
      Thanks. I did not realize SM dies off quickly. However that would give my other tomatoes more room to grow. I do like the fact that they all come at once.

  6. dvelten says:

    That’s a nice Ping Tung eggplant. Fortunately, this year the flea beetles have not been too bad, maybe the nasty winter killed off a lot. My Ping Tung plants on the deck were untouched, but once they got transplanted in the garden, they started showing some damage. I kept them covered for a while. Now they seem to be big enough to weather the attack.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello David,
      Thanks, glad your Ping Tung are growing well. Yes, I think this past extreme cold winter killed off many nasty bugs, a good thing for us gardeners.

  7. daphnegould says:

    Lovely harvests. How is the kitchen going? Have all your problems gotten taken care of?

  8. Michelle says:

    I hope your remodel isn’t the reason why you gave away most of your harvests, that seems to be an unending project. Your harvests were lovely, the recipients are lucky to have you as a friend!

  9. Karen says:

    Lots like a nice harvest. Funny about the stupice tomatoes not getting very big. I’m having a similar problem with my shallots…half are about the size of golfballs right now and the other half are about the size of marbles. Hopefully the small ones will eventually catch up.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Karen,
      Thanks. Are all your shallots planted in the same location? I find the same item planted at different location in the garden can make a big difference in growth rate.

      • Karen says:

        Norma they are planted in the same row with just four pepper plants between them…all with the same about of sunshine. It is almost like something is missing in the soil that surrounds them. I fertilized them again yesterday, I’ll see if that helps before it is time to pull them.

      • Norma Chang says:

        Hello Karen,
        It could be the pepper plants, with their roots spreading, are taking nutrients from them. Fertilizing should help.

  10. ChgoJohn says:

    Love seeing how well your tomato plants are doing, Norma, as well as the rest of your garden. Using a container for your eggplants really did pay off for you. I’m not having any luck whatsoever with my tomatoes. This season. I may try a raised bed next year, though that will pretty much take up what little lawn I have remaining, I don’t have to decide now, thankfully.

  11. Very nice harvest this week, Norma and I envy you your tomatoes. I love that you used a foam ice chest as a planter! What a brilliant idea. I’m stealing that one next year.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Betsy,
      Thanks. The foam chest is light weight and was cheap, picked up a bunch on clearance end of last year at the garden center for $1.00 a piece. Glad you like the idea.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Beautiful harvest! I am growing Pingtung eggplant as well and am finding it to be a great producer. And I like that the smallness of it is good for a single serving.

  13. cheri says:

    Hi Norma, Your tomatoes look wonderful, I have such a hard time growing them here. That’s a great idea to use a container for some of the plants you have trouble with, I will try that myself. Thanks!

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Cheri,
      Thanks. I am really liking the idea of growing plants in container. I will be posting more about my window box and container gardening experiments in future posts.

  14. mac says:

    I’m grow Stupice for the first time as well, don’t care for the taste, but it’s the first to bear fruits and can be grown in a container.
    I have an eggplant growing in container it’s doing as well as the raised bed plants.
    Hope your kitchen returns to normal soon.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Mac,
      I am not going to grow Stupice again, not worth the effort. I too do not care for the taste.
      The only problem with container plantings is the watering. Keeping irrigated all the time can be a challenge.

  15. I think the San Marzanos are meant to be very dry which makes them so good for sauce. You’ve done so well with them – ours didn’t survive the fruit fly. Can’t believe how well everything grows in containers for you, Norma, such a green thumb! 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Celia,
      Thanks for the compliments, not everything grows well for me, but whether it be success or failure I always learn something from the experience and always have fun.

  16. Wonderful looking vegetables. I’m sure you’ll prepare some lovely dishes with them. 🙂

  17. Margaret says:

    I’m going to be planting peas in the same spot that I just pulled the sugar snaps from as well. When I was trying to plan for crop rotation, I found it easier to stick with one type of veg (or one from the same family) in the bed for each season and then do crop rotations on an annual basis (instead of trying to incorporate multiple crop rotations into a single season). Of course, it’s not possible to do that with some beds like garlic & onions so I am replanting those with fall crops in the cabbage family just because it’s convenient.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Margaret,
      Glad you are successful with planting veggies of the same family in the same bed in a single season. Makes me feel so much better about my peas as now I know I will be getting good harvest.

  18. I’ve grown eggplant and peppers in containers before, but never in an ice chest. What a great idea! I think I grew Stupice many years ago but I can’t remember anything about the size of it.

  19. Beautiful harvest, Norma! I think a sauce is a great idea for the San Marzano tomatoes. I could eat the heirlooms off the vine!

  20. I grow San Marano every year. Mine are longer and narrower though. Yours look nice and meaty. I bet they will make a wonderful sauce. I’ve read that thyme and catnip helps repels flea beetles so maybe it helped. ~ Rachel @ Grow a Good Life

  21. San Marzano are the best tomatoes! I hope you get a great crop.

  22. wok with ray says:

    I don’t mind having smaller tomatoes for as long as they’re grown naturally like yours. I planted heirlooms in the container and they ripe the same size like yours. I guess it is the container. Thank you, Norma. 🙂

  23. wow,, i want to stir fry the chinese chives flowers with my thinly slice wagyu beef…

  24. hotlyspiced says:

    I don’t like the look of the grasshopper! Everything is looking very summery and I’m glad you have a good variety of things to harvest. Your tomatoes look wonderful xx

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Charlie,
      But it is wearing such a pretty green.
      Yes I do have a variety of veggies to harvest. I tend to plant many different varieties but only a few of each due to limited space (and energy).

  25. Eva Taylor says:

    What a great harvest Norma, the tomatoes look delicious. Wish I had planted some this year.

  26. Norma Chang says:

    Hello Eva,
    Thanks. Nothing like homegrown tree ripened tomatoes. You have been busy with work where would you find the time to plant anything?

  27. I’d love to collect my own tomatoes. Norma, you rock! You motivate me to start my own garden and I will.

  28. Theres nothing like fresh produce. I also grow vegetables. You might like my ‘What’s in my kitchen – August’ post and my lavender and lemon shortbread recipe. Take care. Emma.

  29. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says:

    I must get some big pots and give growing vegetables in pots a try. Your eggplant looks outstanding.

  30. Norma Chang says:

    Hello Maureen,
    You will have so much fun and enjoy the results.

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