I am patient. I am patient. I am patient. This is what I say to myself every day. Soon, the garden payoff comes, right? (LOTS of photos after all the text)
Today I harvested:
12 oz. of onions. They were not growing any bigger, I have been watching, and I need the space for new crops. Next year I go back to onions in containers. Last year they did amazing that way.
8 oz of green peppers. I picked 2 peppers today. They are really supposed to ripen to red. I love red peppers. I am not too nuts about green peppers. I ate one of the ones I picked raw. I was not impressed. The walls were thin and not very meaty. The skin was not as crisp as I would like it to be, and it lacked a lot of flavour. I will let the rest ripen to red. These 2 were growing on the ground, however, and I wanted to get to them before the insects did.
2 oz of jalapeno peppers. I picked 3 peppers to test their heat. 1 has tiny brown stretch marks starting. I want to let some get red too, and test those.
1 oz. of snow peas. I picked a handful to eat raw. I have a bunch drying on the plants for seed for next year. I need to plant triple to quadruple the numbers of plants (6) I had this year for there to be enough peas to make things with.
2.33 oz of black beans. I picked a few pods too early and the beans were not black yet. I still have time to plant more, I believe, and I want to do that this week. There are still pods on the current plants, drying.
That is 1.6 lbs. harvested today.
The rest of the garden is looking amazing. Sadly I had to rip out 3 tomato plants today from the cupboard planters. All of the tomatoes were rotting from the blossom end from about 2 days after setting. I decided that variety, roma of some sort, is not a good candidate for containers, and I tore them out. I replanted those areas with carrots and spinach in one and squash in the other.
The Japanese Black Trifele tomatoes are looking amazing. All of the tomatoes in the ground that I grew from seed are well on their way to providing many tomatoes as well. The adopted plants in the 4X4 bed are doing quite well, it seems. I now have 7 tomato plants left from seed and 13 from the free plants – for a total of 20 plants.
The peppers are going insane! To date I have: 3 red pepper plants, 4 jalapeno plants (1 from seed), 2 chocolate pepper plants, 1 orange pepper plant, 6 golden pepper plants, and 1 Thai hot pepper plant. They all seem to be producing very well. It is now a waiting game for colour turning!
The eggplants seem to be growing nicely. I am hoping for some blooms in the near future.
I am not sure about the broccoli and brussels sprouts. They do not seem to be doing well either in containers or in the ground. I think the weather has been too hot, since very early, for them. I will let them go a bit longer, but soon they will have to come out if I don’t see production.
I planted some new swiss chard today as well. The mesclun tray pt. 2 seems to be growing nicely.
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