It’s been a great year for peppers in my yard, but the season is just about at its close.
We’ll be pulling up the pepper plants (see pathetic plants in photo below) this weekend, because the cool nights have taken their toll on the heat-loving plants. It won’t help that the forecast includes a dip down into the mid-thirties within the next few days.
Other plants due for removal this weekend include the last of the eggplants.
If all goes well, I’ll get the garlic planted – it’s time – but it’s probably better if I don’t absolutely count on getting that done.
At this point, most of my cool-weather crops are looking very promising. The broccoli will be big enough to harvest soon!
The extra-cold weather heading my way can only help. There are enough of these in the garden this year to make several good meals-worth of the central heads.
If this winter is anything like last winter and we don’t get any hard freezes (with temperatures down into the teens or below), we could get more meals from the little side-shoots, too.
Joe, though, is looking forward to the cabbage harvest. He LOVES sauerkraut, and last year he wasn’t able to make enough from the cabbage that was available.
This year, we have a dozen of our own plants to add to any harvested from the little farm where we volunteer on the weekends.
He will have to wait a few more weeks for the cabbage, but the first heads should be ready by Thanksgiving. At our house, the best batches of sauerkraut are the ones that are made in cooler weather. I don’t know if that is because the whole process procedes at a slower pace or if it’s because the mix of bacteria/fungi in the air is different.
Regardless, we’ve figured out that he needs to make his sauerkraut in fall, rather than in spring, even though we can grow cabbages that mature in April.
We’ve been eating some of the lettuces and spinach (not pictured), too. I’ve fed some of the tiny lettuces – that were pulled to thin the bed – to my bunnies, but I’m planning for most of the lettuce to feed the humans in the house.
This year’s carrot patch is looking like it could be the best I’ve ever planted in this yard. If I am really lucky, next year when it’s time to plant the fall carrots I’ll be able to decipher my notes about what I did with the soil to make this happen. It’s always great to be able to replicate a success.
Weather reports are calling for some fairly stunning storms (can I use the plural form, when what’s really supposed to happen is a collision/combination of two?) north and east of here. I’m hoping for the best possible outcome for everyone in the affected areas!
May your hatches be safely battened down, your larders and water-stores sufficient to meet the need, and everyone make it through un-injured.