Harvesting Summer Well into Fall


Second half of October, a dreary day, non stop drizzle, and summer comes to my kitchen counter. This is how it’s been all week: tomatoes and more tomatoes, lots of tomatillos, beans, some eggplants and peppers, a bit of basil, a melon every other day, and dahlias. I’ve also been picking a steady supply of lettuce, onions and nopales.

I am now harvesting the vegetables that ripened during our most recent heat wave. There are still plenty of green tomatoes and peppers on the plants waiting for the next few hot days. There are melons ripening on the vines.

I am curious about the tomatillo plants: will they put out another flush of flowers and fruits? Hard to tell, but they’ve surprised me before. Such are the delights of the lazy gardener. A few weeks back I thought the tomatillos were done for good. The plants looked overpowered by powdery mildew and I was just waiting for a good moment to pull them out, clean and plant the next crop. I didn’t feel like it, I didn’t do it. Today I find the mildew basically gone and the plants heavy with new fruit. You can see them up there, on the counter, that’s a large salad bowl they are in.

I have Italian black and Russian red kale waiting to be picked in the garden too. I am not even getting close to them. I’ll have a long winter to eat kale. For the moment I’ll stick to the tomatoes, the peppers, the eggplant. For the moment I am not ready to let go of the fruits of the summer, and neither is my garden.

For more delicious pictures and stories of harvests and to add your own, head on over to Daphne’s Dandelions, host of Harvest Monday, and take a look at what other gardeners have been up to this week.

14 Responses to “Harvesting Summer Well into Fall”

  1. mac Says:

    Wow, colorful and varied harvest, nice to see some summer fruits this time of the year. The dahlias are very pretty.

    • Angela Moll Says:

      Thanks, I like the color of warm weather veggies. Fall is usually the warmest time of year in southern California. This year I am so glad for this extra period of warm weather since the summer was so cool.

  2. Michelle Says:

    It was dreary here also yesterday, but the summer harvests are continuing. I feel the same way about kale, although I did enjoy the first picking of it last week.

  3. Tyra Says:

    Impressive, congratulations to a wonderful harvest…and it is mid October WOW


    Fragrant and Tasty in Tyra’s Garden

  4. villager Says:

    That is a beautiful display on the counter! We’ve got kale ready too, but I’m waiting for it to get frosted on, which makes it sweeter tasting. I’m guessing that’s not an issue in your area. Does it sweeten with cooler weather there?

    • Angela Moll Says:

      You are making me jealous, our cole crops tend to be on the bitter side. We might get a night or two of barely frost late November, and it shows in the flavor of kale. Unfortunately it also leaves its effect on the citrus fruits.

  5. thyme2garden Says:

    That’s really a pretty display of your harvest all in one picture! You could certainly fool me into thinking that we’re still in the middle of the summer with that harvest. Very neat!

  6. kitsapFG Says:

    Lovely harvest this week and I would be passing over the kale for now too when you have so many great summer crop items to enjoy still. Kale’s moment of glory will come soon enough.

    • Angela Moll Says:

      Kale is this just in case vegetable for me at this time of year, but, as you say, soon enough it will have its moment of glory. A long moment, actually.

  7. Ottawa Gardener Says:

    Those are lovely dahlias. Yes, there are many benefits to laziness in the garden – most noteably, being able to watch as ‘experiments’ bare themselves out. Nice to have a heat wave this late in the year. I still have live tomato plants but the weather is too cold for fruit set.

  8. Daphne Gould Says:

    Your harvest really does look like summer. My summer garden is on its way out, but I’m still picking a few summer crops. Sadly the basil is turning black at this point.

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