Saturday, September 8, 2012

2012 Recap

Pulled the garlic in early July. Much better bulbs than last year, I think plant around Halloween is a good plan.
Garlic harvest
My glorious pepper harvest. Also have gotten some Long Thin Cayenne and Pepperoncini is close to ready. Habaneros haven't fruited yet.
Peppers clockwise from 12 o'clock - Jalapenos, banana, Hungarian wax, yellow
cayenne, Hungarian wax, Serrano, Anaheim
Picked 40 Jalapenos in one batch, more are growing.
Made Jalapeno poppers. Delicious!
Homemade Jalapeno Poppers
Jalapenos have done very well in 2 gallon plastic pails, as have the Hungarian wax peppers.
Jalapeno hedgerow
Basil did well in 2 liter bottles, did great in the part shady corner of the back side garden. I pulled all the plants at once since it was getting a bit overgrown and shading my beans. 3/4 of a pound of leaves, made 3 quarts of pesto. 

Only two of my ground cherry plants came up. But I got a number of fruit. Very tasty, be nice to have enough for a pie next year.
Top: Sweet basil, Bottom: Ground cherries
Elderberries are growing well, but not much fruit. Here was the whole harvest.
Got a nice haul of tomatoes, I'm very pleased with how well the tomatoes did at the Quaker community garden. Got a LOT of Amish paste tomatoes, and a much better crop of Cherokee purple than I got at home - I don't think the backyard garden gets anywhere near as much sun as the community garden. Tigerella and Early Girl did pretty well too (got the EG as a gift). Hopefully next year I will get a bigger plot and can grow more. I never had enough at one time to do serious canning, though I made sauce and tomato juice, plus peeled and froze some of them.
Tomatoes, zucchini, and other random junk

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