Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Out of the weeds

I went out to my weedpatch garden in hopes of finding a tomato or two.  No luck; the vines are healthy and vigorous, but the tomatoes have rotted before they ripened.  Very depressing.  I might have known something new would come along to stifle my tomato-canning plans.
I glanced over the rest of the crabgrass and saw something red gleaming there.  Hmmm.  That's not the tomato patch.
Lo and behold, it was a beautiful, big sweet pepper turned red.  Then I saw a yellow one and a couple of green ones.  I went to get a basket because my hands were pretty full by this point.  The basket says "eight quarts" on the end, but is what I usually call a peck basket.


I'd almost be willing to bet there are that many more out there; you just can't see much for the weeds.  There are hundreds of jalapenos, too, for which I really have little use.  When I ordered a packet of mixed peppers seeds, they were in the mix.  Maybe my daughter would like some of these pretty peppers to grill with their next meal.
I had a little trouble navigating through the pepper plants because the twelve sweet potato slips Cliff planted right after I got home from the hospital have sent out treacherous vines.  Directions said to allow them six feet on each side of the row, which we did.  Those vines must be on steroids, because they've stretched out twice that far!
My cousin who visited last week brought us some huge sweet potatoes which we wasted no time in consuming.  One was so big we had to quarter it to get it to bake in the microwave.  Of course, sweet potatoes continue to grow until frost, but I decided to dig just one hill up and see what I had.  I wasn't expecting much.


Ok, so the huge one my cousin brought us probably weighed more than all these together.  Still, these are some nice sweet potatoes.   Again, it's an eight-quart basket. 
So although I've done nothing but complain about my garden of weeds, we got at least a dozen cabbages, a nice early crop of corn, better radishes than I have raised in years, beets, carrots, and now peppers and sweet potatoes.  I won't go into detail explaining the things that did not do well, since they probably made up 2/3 of the garden.  But hey, I got something.  I'm still undecided about whether to even put forth the effort next year.  But you know, when spring starts beckoning we all go a little crazy.  If only there were a guarantee that I'd get some tomatoes...

7 comments:

madcobug said...

If you like salsa those peppers would go good in them but then you said you had no tomatoes, bad deal. Helen

TARYTERRE said...

Peppers and Italian sausage are very tasty. Throw in a can of stewed tomatoes and some scallions and it's even better. Have fun, experiment.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I wouldn't complain about a garden like that for sure. Too bad about the tomatoes but wow the rest make up for it. I'm glad you have something to show for all that work.

darev2005 said...

Wow. You could open a roadside stand!

Leilani Lee said...

Your peppers are gorgeous. This was a good year down here in the southern part of the state for bell peppers too -- tomatoes and squash and a few others that everybody is usually "overwelmed with" did not do so well.

Lindie said...

Two years in a row my tomatoes have dissapointed me. But my peppers are ok. Try PW's recipe for the jalapenos next time you have family over I cut them in half, fill with cream cheese and wrap in half slice of bacon. (Take out the seeds!)I use the light cream cheese. Broil them until the bacon is cooked.

Rachel said...

Yes, please!