We picked almost two bushel baskets of Rattlesnake pole beans today. Very nice sized pods, some almost too big and beany. Going to can them tomorrow, ought to get at least two runs thru the pressure canner (7qt each time). We’ve already did 14qt of half-runners last week.
Corn has been vanquished by the beans that were planted with them, just a few stalks with ears ripening are left. Not doing that next year. If the beans had been planted like a month after the corn, it may have turned out better. Maybe we’ll just do corn next season, we have had two bumper crops of beans the last couple years, and the pantry is overflowing with all those beans.
Okra has gotten about 4ft high, with a lot of big pods that need to be harvested, along with other smaller ones. May do that tomorrow. We’ve mostly cut up, breaded and frozen our initial harvest. Did can about 3qt of pickled okra.
I picked all the good tomatoes yesterday, about 30# worth, we ended up canning 7qt last night. There are others on the vines, we’re waiting on them to ripen, need more for salsa.
Peppers are really coming on strong now, we have several bell peppers finally ripening up, some red and yellows. Habaneros are quite large and producing lots of pods. I tried some last week, they were quite potent, much more so than last year’s. The Balloon plants are huge, over 4ft with lots of pods on them now. Still waiting on those 7-pot pots to mature. It’s been very warm this week, in the low 90s every day so far, and more heat coming, so that ought to help get everything ripe quicker.
Hard to say how the taters have done, as the patch has been inundated with weeds. My wife harvested a few small spuds last week. We ought to get a modest crop this year, which will be more than we’ve got the two previous years (none).
Cukes are almost totally done, plants are yellowed and shriveled up, though we did find a few today while picking beans. We have canned prob 40qt of pickles this year.
So, not a bad year so far, except for the poor corn results. But, a lot of folks around here have not had a great year growing it. Deer haven’t been too bad a problem this year, they’ve got into the tomatoes and cukes a bit, but not too bad. Guess disease took out a lot of them last year.