Monday, September 12, 2011
Harvest Monday–12 September 2011
On Monday afternoon, the weather was good and I had a chance to spend some time in the garden picking beans and planting some more fall crops. The beans above are bush beans, both Provider and Jade. Most of these were blanched and frozen.
These are the first of the Blue Lake pole beans, I lost a lot of the early beans from some kind of insect or disease. At first I thought that this was possibly insect damage, since the pole beans have been bothered by beetles, but now I am not sure it is insect damage and not disease.
UPDATE: This is apparently a disease called Halo Bacterial Bean Blight. I’ll post more details on what it is and what to do about it on Tuesday.
This is a close up of the damage to the beans. These are some of the better beans. Some were so damaged they shriveled up and turned black. Anyone recognize this kind of damage? At first I thought it was insect damage, maybe Japanese beetles, but now I think it may be disease. A lot of the foliage is turning spotted and the growing tips are turning black and dying. This is disappointing because the pole beans took a long time to get to producing beans and we have weeks to go before first frost.
Not much is left of the tomatoes. Some Jet Star, Roma, and Sungold. The tomato on the right is a nice sized Cherokee Purple.
On Tuesday, a monsoon by the name of Lee arrived and we had several days of heavy rain. By Thursday, the garden was again flooded. It was worse than Irene, perhaps because the ground was saturated from the earlier storms. You can see the impact on the garden in my previous post. I had to go home and get some rubber boots so I could get around in the garden to harvest beans and tomatoes.
Some tomatoes, Cubanelle peppers, and a poblano above.
A bell pepper, broccoli and more bush beans, mostly Provider.
The rain moved out earlier than predicted and the last few days have been sunny. The tomatoes have lost most of their foliage and only a few green tomatoes are left. Maybe I should try pickling some tomatoes. But the cooler weather crops are perking up and my newly seeded lettuce and radish beds are up and growing. I have a second planting of sugar snap peas now about 6 inches high.
My third cutting of collards above, taken on Sunday. I could have cut twice as much, but I wanted to at least get the leaves shading the kale on the other side of the bed.
I got a pretty good picking of pole beans Sunday, with less of the damage to the beans pictured above. But the foliage continues to wilt.
An assortment of vegetables, including a few more chard leaves (the lacy one is artfully tucked underneath), bush beans, broccoli, herbs, and a few tomatoes. And tucked in among the pole beans was another cucumber from one of my long-dead cucumber plants. This one was attached to a vine that looked like it was greening up and starting to grow again.
To see what others are harvesting, go on over to Daphne's Dandelions