Monday, October 26, 2009

Tiburon Poblano Peppers

Last Friday was our final harvest of Tiburon Poblano peppers for this year. We sold a season total of 117 lbs from 60 plants, and we still have plenty for our personal use, neighbors and friends. They are sweet at the base and scorching hot starting about halfway up the pepper. As we pull out the plants to cover crop, we will string the stragglers onto ristras and hang them to dry. A dried Poblano pepper is referred to as an Ancho chili (from the Spanish word for "wide'). We use them in our recipes to remind us of hotter, drier times throughout the chilly, wet winter. It's hard to believe it's coming. We have a crystal clear 80 degrees here today.
The other pepper we sold this summer --yet to be mentioned on this blog-- is Italia. It is a sweet, frying pepper that gets 8-12 inches long when red and ripe. Essi sono magnifici!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I don't think the heavy stuff's gonna come down for quite a while...

This is what we woke up to at 7 AM yesterday morning. When all was said and done, 11.41 inches were recorded on our rain gauge. Needless to say, I was out there until midnight in the rubber ducky suit cleaning culverts, diverting puddles and making sure our trees were solidly tied down. Over-saturated soil, high winds and baby trees aren't the best of friends. The ducks were out as well, and thoroughly enjoyed turning our lawn into a pond. It's always incredible to me how fast our land recovers from these incidents. Today was very peaceful with intermittent sprinkles and all sorts of interesting groundscores poking out of the earth: broken glass, a neon yellow golf ball, a .22 caliber bullet, and a strange, broken owl/raccoon pottery piece that I found in a storm drain.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Lavandula x intermedia "Provence"

I just potted these cuttings up out of plug trays into 4" pots yesterday afternoon. There are 244 in all. We will allow them to establish their roots in the pots before planting them out later this fall. 'Provence' is a French hybrid lavender, or Lavindin. According to Ritcher's Herbs, where we bought our plugs, it is a: Vigorous, long-stemmed variety in cultivation since the 1950s and still widely grown for fresh bouquets, lavender wands, and potpourri. Very fragrant, with a sweet floral scent. Ht. 1m/3ft. This is how it is grown in France.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Apple Peppers

These beauties are sweet over sweet. I was eating the culls for breakfast as I harvested them Friday morning for the HGP's CSA boxes. We sold them 53 lbs, and there's still loads of fruit on the plants.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

And the Winner is...

Brandywine (Sudduth's Strain) picked today!
Our most perfect tomato this year.