Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Square Foot Garden Update: Some Like it Hot!

The tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant are definitely liking our hot August days. The tomatoes continue to roll in and show no sign of letting up. I have been using our surplus cherry tomatoes in Broiled Cherry Tomatoes. I am waiting for these beauties to ripen to start canning:August2010 199

We are harvesting peppers daily: August2010 182What I can’t use now I am dicing up and freezing for later. Peppers keep quite well in the freezer. This year I am growing Salsa Peppers, which are a medium-hot pepper:August2010 033My husband likes hot-hot peppers and I prefer sweet red peppers. The Salsa Pepper is our compromise. I used just one small Salsa Pepper in Spicy Sesame Stir-Fry and I could definitely feel the heat!

Have you eaten homegrown potatoes? They are so much tastier than store bought! I go out and dig up some potatoes whenever I need them for a meal. Our favorite way to eat them is in Herb Roasted New Potatoes.August2010 058

They keep very well in the ground, so I will leave them there until I need them. I will dig up the remaining potatoes before our first freeze and store them in the garage over the winter.

The last time I did a vegetable garden update, I ended with a green bean flower. This time I will end with a green bean:August2010 183 I am always amazed at how fast the vegetables develop after the plants have flowered. How are your plants getting along in the summer heat?

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13 comments:

Racquel said...

Yum look at all those tasty veggies. :)

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Glad to know I can leave my potatoes in the ground for a while. My plants died back and I was wondering if I should dig'em up or not. I'm still learning how to be a tater farmer, lol!

Jean said...

Your veggies all look super! I don't do a vegetable garden but your photos make me consider changing my mind! Jean

Sherry said...

I had planned to do more of a vegie garden this year. All I have is a few small tomatoe plants and lettuce from last years seeds. Your garden is making me hungry. I just love peppers and would always freeze chopped peppers for the whole year. Thanks for your inspiration.

zentmrs said...

Looks fabulous! I'm really regretting not planting potatoes. Next year definitely. Thanks for sharing!

thyme2garden said...

I haven't heard of a salsa pepper until I visited your blog today. Thanks for opening my eyes to yet another variety of peppers! What kind of tomatoes are they in your first picture? They look a little bigger than cherry tomatoes.

Alea said...

The first tomatoes are supposed to be Early Girls, which I have grown for several years. However, those tomatoes look like Early Girls on steroids. Early girls reach maturity in under 60 days, so they are perfect for my short growing season. They have fewer seeds than many varieties, but more than Romas, so they work pretty well as a sauce and salsa tomato.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

Your garden looks great--thank you for sharing all the photos!

Zoey said...

great looking veggies. I don't grow veggies, but I love that my neighbors share some of theirs with me. We had fresh tomato sandwiches for lunch yesterday. YUM!

Jami @An Oregon Cottage said...

Your comment about the Early Girl tomatoes had me smiling- mine are huge this year too, and some have the misshapen look of heirlooms! Definitely different than the previous years I've grown them. Wonder what's causing the difference?

Thanks for sharing this at the TGP and including links to recipes you used them in- great idea!

Isabella Cake said...

Those peppers look really great! I have also three kinds of peppers in my garden and they are all setting dozens of fruits! I love peppers and so as tomatoes. I have heirloom and cherry tomatoes setting up fruit as well. Thanks for sharing this post. More please!

rose forever said...

I am happy with your garden doing well in the summer heat. My tomatoes are surviving the summer heat right now. I just wished that it can produce many before it die. My potatoes are doing great also. I think I can harvest it after a week. I wished it is big like your potatoes.

Melanie Large said...

You got a lot of peppers there! Oh yeah, tomatoes plus some tomatoes, that would be a yummy salsa recipe already! The peppers you have is already enough to make salsa! Yummy! Actually, that is my favorite. Plus, all of the ingredients are fresh. That will make salsa really tasty!