Monday, November 14, 2011

Harvest Monday for November 14th, 2011.

Perhaps I should say Garden Status Monday instead of Harvest Monday since the only thing I harvested this week was four brown turkey figs! There isn't much gardening news here this week because my wife and I just returned from enjoying a wonderful visit with my mom and my sisters in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.

These four fig beauties tipped the scales at two ounces.

The Park's Whopper tomatoes are still trying to ripen on the vines. Since the next three days will be in the mid-seventies, maybe they will make it!

In the next few days I will be picking the last of the heritage red raspberries. Since they are right next to the house, that mini-frost we had on October 31st didn't bother them.

The buttercrunch lettuce is doing nicely. I'm actually thinking about harvesting some of it next week.

The broccoli and collards in my east plot are doing well. I thoroughly watered the entire garden today since it hasn't rained in a while.

There are also two rows of broccoli and two rows of collards on the other side of the giant marconi pepper plants. All are doing well and showing good signs of growth.

On the main side of the pepper plants in the west plot are four additional rows of collards. I guess it's pretty obvious that collards are one of our cool weather favorites.

That's all the news this week from my back yard organic vegetable garden.

Visit daphnesdandelions for wonderful pictures of delicious food from her garden and a great source of gardening information.

Thanks for visiting and for sharing your comments with me.

Have a wonderful vegetable gardening day!
Veggie PAK


  1. The mild fall temps so far, have definitely been helpful.

    Yes, I would say that you definitely love your collards!

  2. 4 figs are better than no figs and more figs than I'll probably ever harvest :-)

  3. Oh I'd love those figs. I can't wait until my fig trees get big enough to produce.

  4. Veggie Pak, you and I definitely have something in common - we plant our veg in straight rows. Bravo!
    I'm perhaps a little less keen on Collards than you though. :)

  5. I'm not the biggest collards fan either, but might try some next year and see if homegrown is better than what I've had before.

  6. Looks like everything is coming along good. We are going to get some rain today, then some nice weather which should be good for mine.

  7. Lots of beautiful healthy plants growing in your garden. I bet those figs were delicious.

  8. Robin, Our temps have been fluctuating quite a bit between what is our normally warm weather, to unseasonably cold. I hope our little frost on October 31st isn't a preview of winter to come!

    Bee Girl, You're right about four being better than none. I'm thankful for what we get.

    Daphne, I can't wait until my tree produces enough to make fig preserves! I love them!

    Mark Willis, I prefer the straight rows now. I tried all the different spacing recommendations and all that showed me was that it's hard to weed between plants that aren't in a uniform planting pattern. I'll stick with the old fashioned way that my grandfather used on his farm and I'll use straight rows!

    Mary Hysong, Give them a second chance and make sure you cook them until their texture is to your own liking. I don't like mine crunchy. I like them medium soft, not mushy.

    becky3086, Everything is doing well. The giant marconi peppers are doing exceptionally well! I hope the rain comes through for your garden. It seems like when rain is predicted lately, all we get is a misty mess that doesn't provide enough rain.

    kitsapFG, Thanks! Yes, they were.

    Thank you to each one of you for sharing your comments with me.

    Have a great gardening day!
    Veggie PAK

  9. In the 70's? Is that F or C? If it is F, I'll trade you. We are in Michigan USA and it is supposed to be in the low 30's to high 20's F here the next couple of days. Then a heatwave.....40 degrees F.
    Your tomatoes look wonderful- well, all the fruits and veggies do but I love garden fresh tomatoes (which we won't be seeing here for a while now :-( sad to say )

  10. Michelle, It is in "F" for sure! Sorry, but I WON'T trade! Brrrr!

    Thanks for your visit.
    Veggie PAK

  11. Your gardens are looking lovely!!


  12. Urban Gardens, Thanks! The tomato vines took a big hit from frost for three days in a row, so I'll be picking the remaining tomatoes and pulling the vines.

    Thanks for sharing your comment with me!
    Veggie PAK