Eggplant & Peppers: Bumper Crop

Since I went and harvested almost everything that was ripe or remotely ripe ahead of Hurricane Irene, I figured it’s time for another garden update.  This year has been kinda rough for tomatoes – we got hit pretty hard with early blight:  I have plenty of tomatoes on my plants, but nothing else – the leaves have all withered and died, and the plants themselves are pretty much walking dead.

My peppers, on the other hand – were dominant.  Green peppers, jalapeno peppers, hot red cherry peppers, and what are supposed to be sweet red bell peppers (but none have ripened to red yet).  Check out what I harvested today:

Egglpant, Green Peppers, Jalapenos and Cherry Peppers

Eggplant were also awesome this year (interesting, because they were weak last year. But seriously – look at those f’n eggplant!), which will give me plenty more opportunity to make eggplant caponata.  Here’s a reverse view of the same pic so you can see the green peppers:

If anyone has a good recipe for homemade hot sauce using jalapenos or hot cherry peppers (the cherry peppers are hotter than the jalapenos, I think), leave it in the comments.

I also have piles of unripe and partially ripe tomatoes, which will, along with the other stuff, be turned into gazpacho, salsa and vodka sauce as they ripen:

This is about 1/4 of the Tomatoes that I picked

You can’t tell how huge this zucchini is, so I used the tape measure for scale:

 

Big Zuke

Yes, I missed “Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day” this year, but you can really do it any time in August.  There are rules, though however, namely, you are not allowed to sneak zucchini onto the porch of any neighbor who is already growing zucchini in their own garden.    About a month ago one of our neighbors stopped by early Saturday morning while my wife was outside in the garden with the dogs.  The neighbor said “Oh, I was just going to leave something on your door step,” and my wife joked, “Sure, as long as it’s not zucchini,” as we were drowning in zucchini at the time.   The neighbor’s eyes and shoulders immediately drooped, and my wife couldn’t believe that our friend was actually attempting a blatant violation of the Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Code of Ethics.

Our pumpkin vines got destroyed by squash borer beetles, but we got two pumpkins:

Finally, I managed to capture rare video footage of the thief that has been stealing picked cucumbers from our little plastic garden basket while we weren’t looking:


-KD

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