What's Happening Today - 2019 Edition


#1144

Having picked Empire today and finding them ripe, I realized I must bump up harvest for late apples 7 days due to more light in August this year than we’ve seen in a decade. Virtually no pall of smoke this summer: fabulous. So, will pick Connell (14 apples remaining) and just one Redfield in a week.


#1145

I picked the remainder of my peppers since we have frost forecast. I got 9 quarts of pickled hot cherry peppers done and 11 quarts of pickled jalapeno’s. Now I have Poblano, Cubanelle, Anaheim and Serrano peppers to process. Not sure what I’m going to do with them.


#1146

You must have an iron stomach!


#1147

The 10 surviving pomegranates, on my older ‘Grenada’, have ripened about as much as they are ever going to. I had to pull most of them - before I wanted to - because of the ‘rot’. The healthy parts were pretty tart - but good. A little waste on every one of them. This was the biggest. (Like ‘tumor’ measurements :grin:) . . . it was about the size of a very large grapefruit or ‘pomelo’. It was the largest that the tree has ever produced - but not the best. The calyx end was much more ripe than the top.

I have 2 more fairly good size ones, that are still hanging on the tree. Trying to have them ripen a bit more. Oddly enough - the best fruit this season was a very small one that fell off yesterday. It was the size of an apricot. No rot. And ripe. Go figure.

I got some fresh mulch, yesterday. Once all leaves fall, I’m going to rake all top dressing from under the trees and spray for fungus - then put new mulch down.


#1148

Saturday is big market day. Came home with some interesting things! Gambas and more huge raspberries!


#1149

Those prawns were large.


#1150

It is raining.


#1151

They are huge and taste like lobster.


#1152

An overcast day, too chilly to swim, but still 72F. Off to buy dinner. Pool is covered today.


#1153

So Mediterranean!


#1154

Lois, come visit, it is Mediterranean!


#1155

Picked the 2nd of my only 2 apples this season. First one was a few weeks ago, it had split. Noticed this one had split today. Both from the same tree, Stayman’s Winesap (M111 planted 2015).

No rain in ~6 weeks, so wasn’t a sudden infusion of water after a drought. The drought is ongoing, until tomorrow hopefully, predictions for 2" next few days. Finally… Anyway, the first one was very good but picked a little early. Hopefully this one is even better.


#1156

Looks like spring again


#1157

My wife’s uncle sent me these in the mail today. They have very little give to them. Will they ripen?


#1158

Wowwwwww🧨


#1159

I hate it when violets get into the strawberries!


#1160

Giving microgreens a try. A small batch of radish were great, so now I’m growing a bigger crop of pea shoots. These were started in the dark and I just put them under the lights to green and grow.


#1161

What do you do with them, make salads? I grow micros too but just curious. :slight_smile:


#1162

I’m not entirely sure yet, since this is my first crop of microgreen peas. The radish micros were great in salads and mounded high on sandwiches. These I plan to try raw, but expect to mostly use as a main green in a stir fry or even just sauté them with a little olive oil and salt and peppers, plus maybe a dash of vinegar at the end. They are supposed to taste very much like peas.

I’m open to any other suggestions.

I must say I wish I tried microgreens earlier. They are easy to grow, there are a ton of types to try, they’re very healthy and I expect it will keep me in fresh greens throughout the winter. I’m going to try some buckwheat and sun flower shoots next. What types do you like?


#1163

@zendog, @Katie_didnt_Z4b.

Where is a good source for seeds.