Even though the summer harvest season is nearing its conclusion, there’s still a bit more out in the garden to bring in. Last night and tonight we have temperatures down into the forties (degrees F), which peppers and eggplants in particular don’t appreciate. Their leaves all looked a little droopy this morning, so I am guessing that it’s nearly time to pull those plants from the garden.
My eggplants haven’t done as well this year as last, but the peppers have been performing like champs in more gardens than just mine. Gardeners all over the county are just about bursting with joy over the peppers. I am pretty sure I’m not alone in having many bags of chopped peppers in the freezer and many jars of dehydrated pepper-bits on the pantry shelves to make sure we’re well-seasoned all winter long.
This massive storage of peppers is in addition to the numerous peppers that we have eaten grilled, stuffed with cheese, just “on the side” of a plate of salad, Mexican-style beans & rice, and (on a very good day) mole’ chicken.
My little family is enjoying its late-summer fling with green beans, too. The little patch that I planted in August, that got tromped through by the workmen who were paying more attention to our house repairs than where they were walking (hard to complain about that …), has provided quite a few meals-worth of beans. They’ve been delicious!
The fall-planted garden will be providing more food for us soon. I’m hoping for a little more seasonal-overlap than just radishes, but we’ll see how it goes. Hope everyone else’s gardens are doing well!