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The Official End of the Summer Season

October 28, 2012

The forecast for a freeze tomorrow night has abruptly cured my winter-denial-procrastination state (and it was so nice having peppers and broccoli coexisting in the same garden…….)

So today I got busy and harvested a few jalapeno and poblanos, and was much less discriminating than normal about their size since anything on the plants will be toast in 36 hours.

The poblanos surprised me; I hadn’t harvested many by the time the unusual heat of mid summer had set in and temporarily shut down pollination. The same occurred in August after a modest break but my single plant kept growing throughout thanks to the drip irrigation system. This nice specimen of a plant had quite a bit reserve production capacity by the time September’s cooler weather arrived.

Capacity? Production?

I harvested all of these off of my one poblano plant today:

The same was true with the four small jalapeno plants scattered around the garden this year. The plants were smaller than last year but absolutely covered with clusters of beautiful peppers:

The 5 gallon bucket sharing this picture with the poblano harvest offers “proof of jalapeno bounty”:

I realized I still had beans to harvest and turned my attention to finding all of the “christmas” lima beans hidden within the two bean towers, even employing a ladder to reach the tops (sample below):

After a few minutes combing through the thick leaf cover it dawned on me that there was no need to avoid damaging the plants (duh) so I just cut them at the base, toppled the towers, and then cut and combed through the vines for the last harvest.

Afterwards, we had the yellow bucket filled with mostly mature limas for my best lima sheller to work on, plus the view past the shed to the back has been re-opened:

Darkness beat me to the finish so tomorrow I will pluck the last okra of the year from these scraggly, towering plants:

Hello winter…….

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. namastemama permalink
    October 28, 2012 10:33 pm

    Did you cover anything? Last year was our first for a 3/4 season harvest. We don’t have the cold frames up yet for the lettuce. Also have some carrots still out. We have a freeze warning tonight.

    • October 29, 2012 5:40 am

      I will cover the younger greens with row cover and the two artichokes with something mor substantial but I’m letting the cold take anything else (it is all done for the year, ie the warm weather stuff).

      I will have my hoop house up in a week or so hopefully in time for the “winter” temps…

      FYI Leave the carrots alone, they can take it until the ground actually freezes. Taste better too…..

  2. Brent Eamer permalink
    October 29, 2012 4:31 am

    I have three poblanos still in my greenhouse up here in PEI, we are forecasted to go to 17c (I think 64F), So I am pushing my luck as well

    • October 29, 2012 5:41 am

      I am in awe of what you do with peppers that far north my friend…..

    • Brent Eamer permalink
      October 29, 2012 3:44 pm

      It’s not easy, I have to start them indoors around March 1st, Under lights, then put them out in June and keep some in containers and move them into the greenhouse. But man it’s worth it

    • Brent Eamer permalink
      October 29, 2012 3:47 pm

      Next year, more poblanos, more Jalapenos, less Ghost…nice to look at but dangerous as hell; there is innuendo in there somewhere.

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