Harvesting in mid-August

I went to my allotment garden this morning to harvest and water. I knew that my garlic was ready to be harvested, but wasn’t sure how everything else was progressing (especially since I hadn’t been there in a week, and we hadn’t any rain).

Things… are progressing. I’m sure they’d flourish more if I visited more frequently and watered more. But they’re doing OK.

One of my spicy globe basils has flowers – I’m taking this as a sign to start harvesting, and to strip this one plant of its flowers.


The rest of my basil (standard Genovese) I’ve begun harvesting, and have nipped flowers as quickly as I can. Beside it is the red leaf lettuce, which is bolting.


My cherry bomb peppers are slowly approaching ripeness, but still feel quite hard to the touch (and I think their colour could deepen somewhat). Next trip, maybe. They’re still very firmly attached to the plant. And woe betide any animal that chomps on these!

I did grab this little cucumber, though. Kinda bomb shaped, but looked like it was big enough to eat. How do you tell? I’ve never grown cukes before.


I also left the sole yellow squash that is growing. Definitely very small for harvest, about 3″ long right now.


What all did I get today?

  • Garlic (over 40 bulbs; I didn’t count. I did wreck some with the shovel. Oops)
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Basil


Time to hit a cheese shop for some fior di latte or buffalo mozz, I think. Plus I’ll have to use some of today’s harvest together with last night’s leftover chicken for dinner for Tony and I before he heads off to Italy tomorrow!

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About pat

Visual thinker, first got interested in digital imagery in the early days of Omni magazine, back when it used to review what had happened at SIGGraph. I worked in the 3D software field for 23 years. Lifelong enjoyment of gardening grew over time; I was a Master Gardener (briefly) and had a vegetable and herb allotment garden in Toronto to grow vegetables, as well as perennial gardens at home. Gardening and enjoying fresh produce also raised my interest in cooking with really good local food. As more restaurants in Toronto are offering local fare, I enjoy dining out and sampling the visions the different chefs have.

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