Just an update post today. I am up to my eyeballs with harvest. The tomatoes, peppers, okra, and beans are all coming in.
I’ve done a half dozen pickled banana peppers, roasted and froze the hot peppers, diced and froze the bell peppers, and made several jars of salsa. We’ve been eating the potatoes regularly and have already started another bed. The okra hasn’t come in full force yet, so I’ve been making okra and tomatoes for side dishes. They are so delicious. Everything really is at its peak flavor.
The beans alas, were too few. I planted the few seeds my niece sent me. I don’t know what they’re called, but they’re over a foot long. Absolutely spectacular. Unfortunately, I didn’t leave any on the vine so no future seeds. If my niece is reading, send more seed. I am hooked on these beans!!
Aside from fresh eating, I’m dehydrating a lot of my tomatoes. I highly recommend dehydrating tomatoes. You get a whole new level of flavor from dried tomatoes. I don’t make mine super dry because I freeze them while they’re still flexible. They’re fantastic on pizzas and sauces.
The squash and cucumbers were done in by the squash bugs, but I might try a second planting since squash bugs are seasonal. The edamame isn’t quite ready yet. The luffas are just now flowering and fruiting.
My sister sent me some amaranth seeds. The plants are huge, but no flowers yet. I’ll have to be careful. I read that they self sow readily and I don’t want them to become invasive.
Needless to say, I’m hopping and dodging over hill and dale trying to get it all done before it spoils. If it’s not too sacrilegious, it’s the one thing about homesteading I don’t enjoy. It’s an enormous amount of work and one I usually bear alone, so it makes me a little frustrated.
Still, we’ve been eating good.
Has anyone else harvested their garden yet?