September 10, 2018

Harvest Monday, 9/10/18

The only bell pepper I'm growing this year is Carmagnola Rosso which have started ripening, four of them got picked yesterday. They have a great flavor, but they are super late.

If I was able to plant them outside earlier, I could probably get them to set fruit before the heat caused them to abort their blooms or sterilize the pollen. The last 2 years I've had to wait more than a month after the last frost to plant peppers because the ground was too wet to work.
Spicy pablano and jalapeno peppers. Most of the jalapenos have been getting cracks in their surface, likely from the stress of this year's hot dry summer.

I was planning to stuff the poblanos with cheese, coat them with panko, bake them and freeze the extra. The jalapenos will probably get stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in bacon, baked and frozen as well. I've never made jalapeno poppers before, but that's how a couple of friends prepare them using bacon.

The fall garden is so close to being planted. There's just three beds left to plant with greens, and once the sweet potatoes get pulled, fava beans will go in their place to overwinter. I did end up starting tatsoi, mizuna, mibuna, lettuce, and chicory in tubs, so at least they got an earlier start than usual. But we're supposed to get back into the 90's (32 degrees Celsius) at the end of the week. Ugh.

I hope everyone is having a glorious fall with lots of sunshine and cooler weather. Please join us for Harvest Monday hosted by Dave at Our Acres.

14 comments:

Sue Garrett said...

I think you may have given me clue as to why our peppers haven't set. I'd never thought of it being too hot. It's not usually something we have to worry about.

Dave @ HappyAcres said...

I gave up growing bell peppers here, though I do grow a couple of the mini bells. It's supposed to get hot here again too, but the cool spell has been nice while it lasted.

michelle hamer said...

Cooler weather is pretty much the usual here this year. And I can tell you that Carmagnola Rosso doesn't like the cool weather, I grew it one year and it didn't get very sweet, it wasn't good. This year I'm not growing any bell peppers, I've realized that they are my least favorite type of sweet pepper and I can buy them if I need them.

Kathy said...

We also have had such hot weather this summer, here in the UK, that it initially affected peppers setting, but things have improved a bit no with cooler conditions. Yours are really healthy looking and it is interesting to see how your use them: ways I would not have thought of!

Shawn Ann said...

Beautiful peppers. Mine started off really good but tapered off really quick. Only the snack peppers are producing well.

Phuong said...

Hi Sue,
If we can get the peppers in the ground early enough, we can get tons of peppers to set early on, but it's been a struggle to make that happen the last couple of years. If you mainly grow your peppers under glass, I wonder if they need help with pollination since they don't get help from the wind to drop their pollen.

Phuong said...

Hi Dave,
I'm kind of iffy on growing bells since there are so many other types of peppers that are more productive, ripen faster, and taste great. We'll probably mainly do sweet peppers next year as well, they've been a pleasure to eat in stir fries and such.

Phuong said...

Hi Michelle,
Bells just seem to take forever to ripen, and there's no point in eating them green since they taste just the same as green bells from the store. It's been really nice expanding my pepper horizons and actually getting ripe peppers earlier than usual.

Phuong said...

Hi Kathy,
They love their peppers and cheese recipes here. I'm going to try making a chile rellano casserole recipe I found for the poblanos and jalapenos, topped with homemade salsa. It's definitely been a hot year, I'm really looking forward to autumn.

Phuong said...

Hi Shawn Ann,
Peppers are pretty much all I've got going in the garden besides kale, leeks, and sweet potatoes. You're still getting tons of variety from your garden. I really enjoy the long growing season here in Kentucky.

Endah Murniyati said...

pepper is one of my favorite plant to be grown. I like your blog posts!

Phuong said...

Hi Endah,
You have a beautful roof garden, it is amazing how many plants you are able to grow in containers. A lot of my garden was planted recently so the plants are still young, hopefully the greens will be big enough to harvest in a month.

Margaret said...

Just catching up on my blog reading :) Looks like you will have a wonderful fall garden! This year, my peppers were again a bit of a disappointment. Unlike last years issues with all the slugs, this time round I messed up and didn't set the irrigation timer correctly when we went away. Of course, this was right after they were transplanted which, unfortunately, set them back permanently. But there's always next year!

Phuong said...

Hi Margaret,
Oh no! Water can be such an issue for baby plants, it's terrible they didn't come back for you. Next year will be better, that's what I always tell myself and in different ways it's usually true.