Harvest Monday, October 5, 2015 – Flowers + Container Eggplants & Beets

Thought I would give you a glimpse of what’s still blooming in my garden.

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Zinnias & Victoria Blue Salvia

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Red, White & Blue

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Fall Blooming Daisies

The above bed of fall blooming daisies is surrounding my mailbox. I hope they brighten my mailman’s day when he puts the mail in my mailbox.

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’

The photo of the Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ above was posted on August 24 (click on link and scroll down), the photo below is of the same Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’ taken few days ago, the color has changed from white to pink and later will change to a pretty copper color, an amazing plant.

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Hydrangea paniculata ‘Tardiva’

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Look at all those buds! Can you picture what the plant will look like when all the buds open?

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My container Ping Tung Eggplant is coming to an end.

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Container Grown Ping Tung Eggplant

Harvested 3. There is one small one on the plant as well as some flowers but it is doubtful that they will produce any fruit.

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Container Grown Ping Tung Eggplant

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Had to cover the beets with bird netting to keep away the critter/s (they chewed away some of the leaves) fortunately the plants bounced back. The initial seeds were direct sown in the garden on June 15, the plants in the foam ice chest, below photo, are thinnings from that sowing.

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Container Grown Lutz Beets

In the photo below you can see a beet root peeking out, it’s about 2 inches in diameter.

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Container Grown Lutz Beets

Beets are very hardy and since they are in a foam ice chest which is easy to move I will bring it into the garage when a killer frost is in the forecast and bring it out on good days. An experiment to see if it is possible to take it through the entire winter. Who knows, I may be harvesting fresh Lutz beets in the spring. Just the thought is putting a smile on my face. Little things make me happy.

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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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38 Responses to Harvest Monday, October 5, 2015 – Flowers + Container Eggplants & Beets

  1. Kristy says:

    Norma your garden is still so colorful! I love it! I can just imagine how lovely all the flowerrs are in the autumn sun. I bet everything just glows. Lovely!

  2. Lutz beets are long keepers. Once you move the ice chest inside, I think you could leave it in the garage all winter, harvesting as needed. You might want to clip off the foliage and keep the box relatively dry. It is kind of turning the ice chest into a mini-root cellar.

  3. Beautiful flowers, Norma. How do you keep the deer from eating your hydrangeas?

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Dave,
      My hydrangea was in a fenced in area until last week when I removed the fence. Over the years I pruned the shrub into a tree form and it is now at a height where the deer cannot reach the foliage.

  4. Flowers and eggplant (everything really) look great!!

  5. Saskia (1=2) says:

    Crazy beautiful colours Norma, especially the eggplants and zinnia.

  6. Margaret says:

    You did so well with your Ping Tung grown in a container – I think I harvested about that many fruits from each of mine that were grown in a bed. I love all of the beautiful flowers – there is not much flowering in our garden right now, so I will unfortunately have to wait until next spring to enjoy another round of colourful blooms.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Margaret,
      Yes, my container Ping Tung surprised me, harvest a total of 9. With winter just around the corner, my flowers will not last much longer but spring will be here before we know it.

  7. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    So colourful and beautiful! Those ping tung eggplants are so gorgeous.

  8. Norma, you have the most exquisite garden! So much love and colour! Wonderful. You as always are such an inspiration.
    Have a beautiful day.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  9. wok with ray says:

    What a beautiful and colorful garden you have. It shows how much you take care of it. Have a good week, Norma. 🙂

  10. Those eggplants make me want eggplant jam and those flowers are gorgeous. What a beautiful time of year at your place.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Maureen,
      Never heard of eggplant jam, need to learn about.
      It’s a beautiful time of year in the Hudson Valley and the entire Northeast, fall colors are a tad late this year but it is coming and will be gorgeous, my favorite time of the year.

  11. I love Asian Eggplant so much! Yours turned out gorgeous. I wonder what you will be making with your little garden harvest.

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello Bam,
      I just sauteed the eggplant chunks in a bit of oil with garlic, scallion, fresh chili and flavored with soy sauce, Chinkiang vinegar and sesame oil, simple.

  12. milkandbun says:

    Love all the produce!

  13. My goodness, but your garden is just glorious! What great photos!

  14. hotlyspiced says:

    You have so much vibrant colour in your garden. I love the zinnias and hydrangeas. The eggplants are such a pretty colour and so uniform in size. I’ll be interested to hear how you go with keeping the beetroots going through the winter – good to know they are very hardy xx

  15. kim says:

    I have beet envy, I am doing something wrong and can’t seem to get them to grow!
    Love those huge multi-petal zinna’s do you know their name?
    Autumn in the Hudson Valley, nothing is more beautiful!

    Happy Gardening Norma

  16. ChgoJohn says:

    How very nice that your garden’s blooms are still so vibrant. Mine are past their prime, to say the least. Your zinnias have such a pretty shade of coral and how sweet of you to think of your mail carrier and to plant flowers around your mailbox. 🙂

    • Norma Chang says:

      Hello John,
      To date my garden’s blooms are still vibrant, not sure how much longer they will remain that way it is getting cold in my part of the world especially at night.

  17. Bill says:

    Growing beets in the Styrofoam cooler is such a great idea! We tried Lutz beets for the first time this year and were very pleased with how they did. They’re keepers. 🙂

  18. Your garden is still popping! I like the idea of growing things in styrofoam boxes, we have a bunch of empties from a few years back, I will absolutely have to get them cracking again. Are there certain vegetables that will not grow in them?

    I got so much out of your posts during our winter, I went forth a few weeks back and my garden is very slowly starting to show it’s beautiful face, my zucchini is the most exciting. 🙂

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