Veggie garden clean up was in full swing this past week and a good thing as there was a freeze warning for last night and when I looked out the window this morning there is frost on the roof of my shed. So glad I brought my containers of Okinawan sweet potatoes, Trinidad perfume peppers and window box bok choys into the garage for protection.
It seemed like just the other day when I was writing about the first harvest of the following crops and now I am writing about the last harvest. Where did the year go?????
Before pulling up and discarding the plants I harvested what was usable.
In the above basket, there is a little bit of this and a little bit of that, will need to be creative when preparing them.
Also harvested callaloo (amaranth) but forgot to take photos.
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Last of the Brandywine tomatoes. No more vine ripened homegrown tomatoes until next year. That is so sad as I will have to wait until next summer to enjoy tomato (I do not eat store bought tomatoes, yes, I am spoilt).
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Last of the cherry tomatoes. Both the Sweet 100 and the Black Pearl cherry tomatoes are very flavorful and I like both a lot but will not be growing Sweet 100 next year as they split very easily, looking for another yellow cherry. Definitely planting Black Pearl again.
Both the Black Pearl cherry tomato seeds and the Trinidad perfume pepper seeds were gifts from Dave of Our Happy Acres. Thank you Dave!
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Some of you may recall my writing about growing Ping Tung Eggplant among my annuals. While cleaning up the flower bed I came across the above 3 Ping Tung Eggplants hiding among the annuals. What a pleasant surprise!!!!! The one at the top in the above photo was badly damaged by critters and went into the compost pile. The other 2 are in the fridge as I cannot decide how I want to prepare them.
Very happy with the results of the Ping Tung eggplant among the annuals also liked how it looked among the flowers. Will be experimenting with planting more varieties of edibles among my annuals next year.
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Brought in all my Asian pears. Unfortunately most of them are deformed (like the one on the right), damage done by stink bugs. Did get about a dozen perfect ones (like the one on the left), it weight about 6 ounces (a pretty good size) crisp, sweet and juicy. Delicious!
Next year I am going to make some sacks (using netting from the fabric store) to bag the pears and hope that will prevent the stink bugs from attacking them.
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