Garden Update | So many peppers and tomatoes!

Peppers - October 2012
Being a Midwestern girl, it still boggles my mind that I’m getting tomatoes and peppers from the garden in October here in North Carolina. I tried to leave them on the plants for as long as possible, but towards the end of the month, I decided it was time to pull out the remaining summer plants so the fall seedlings could get some sun. There were mushrooms and mosses and all kinds of crazy things growing under the shade of my tomato plants. Crazy things!

Rotten Tomato - October 2012 I was a little bit bummed that a lot of the tomatoes I was letting ripen ended up getting all moldy and gross after we had a few days of rain. This tomato is still good, right? We can cut out the bad part? Right?

Green Tomatoes - October 2012 And the tomatoes that weren’t burst open and nasty were green. This is what I had left of the green tomatoes this week, but I probably had almost double that when I first picked them.

Tomatoes - October 2012 …and some of them ripened!

Like last year, the fall veggies seem to be getting off to a slow start. I’m planting them when I’m supposed to, so I’m not sure what’s going on. Not enough sun, maybe?

Dwarf Bok Choy - October 2012 These dwarf bok choy are supposed to be ready to eat after 25 days, but as you can see, they are definitely not ready to eat and it’s been over a month since I planted them.

Carrots - October 2012 I need to go out and thin these carrot seedlings soon!

Cabbage Worm Damage - October 2012 As usual, the caterpillars are having a field day with all the cruciferous veggies.

Mustard Greens - October 2012 When I was buying transplants from the farmers market, they offered a deal if you bought an entire flat, so I figured, hey, let’s try mustard greens! And now I have four ginormous mustard green plants and no idea how to use them. So feel free to share your favorite mustard green recipes with me!

Strawberry Flower - October 2012 The lone flower on my strawberry plants is a little bit battered and bruised from Sandy.

And speaking of Sandy, I hope those of you on the East Coast are hanging in there. We got some wind and rain here, but nothing like what hit New York and New Jersey. Stay safe!

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Kiersten Frase

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  1. says

    That is awesome that you’re able to grow so much. We have lots of big pine trees surrounding our yard and get very little sunlight, so basically nothing grows in my yard.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I think my garden would do better if I had it on the other side of the yard–mine gets a lot of shade. But the greens always do well! You should try growing greens!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      My parsley is doing really well too! You know, I almost think you end up saving more money growing your own herbs than veggies. You only get so many veggies from each plant, so unless you have a HUGE garden, it’s impossible to grow enough that you don’t have to buy any. But you can easily grow enough herbs to cook with–and those suckers are expensive at the store!

  2. says

    Gorgeous veggies! Those peppers just pop off my screen! I am SO excited…will be planting my first garden soon, since my husband surprised me with the best anniversary present ever…he and his father are building me a veggie garden for our rooftop deck (which has been on my wish list for awhile). Luckily we have a long growing season here in S. California, so now I just need to decide what to plant. Any suggestions?? P.S. just pinned your veggie loaded nachos-they look fabulous!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      A rooftop veggie garden?! That will be amazing–no rabbits, deer, or squirrels to contend with! I’ve always had an easy time growing peppers and kale is one of my other favorites–it seems to thrive on neglect. :)

  3. says

    My little black thumb is so envious of your green thumb! These shots are beautiful and I am so glad that aside from windy conditions you weren’t affected by Sandy. Man, she was vicious! As for those mustard greens, I am so excited to see how you use them. I have no clue what to do with them!

  4. Istuke says

    Put your tomatoes in a cardboard box with a few apples, close the top, and wait for them to ripen! (Check every so often to be sure your apple is still good and pull out the ripe tomatoes)

  5. says

    I am still getting tomatoes from my garden, but nothing else. I have covered my tomato plants with a transparent tarp to save them from getting rot .
    I like those peppers.

  6. says

    I picked some green tomatoes also and still have a few baby tomatoes growing, but they won’t amount to anything. We had rain and snow yesterday and it has gotten cold, plus no sun. My fall stuff isn’t growing very well, or at all. Like you said, maybe not enough sun. We have a lot of rain, but they need sun also.

    Another gardening year almost finished, a lot more learned.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      We’ve had a lot of rain and gray days here too, so I think that’s definitely been a factor. Well, at least my greens are doing well–there’s that! :)

  7. dani says

    I get organic produce delivered to my house–and I LOVE IT! However, sometimes I get certain veggies that I am not sure how to make a meal of them and I hate seeing produce go bad so I started vegetarian feast dinners! I’ll sautee a little of this, roast a little of that, blanche some of these and with some good cheese and bread or a bowl of rice or quinoa it magically is a delightful and filling meal. I’ve found that even if the veggies don’t make a recipe combined, or seem to “go together” eating in this format is always delicious. Then, any leftovers can be mixed with the quinoa into a salad with added beans the next day for lunch!

  8. says

    Beautiful, Kiersten, except for that one tomato. LOL Curtis freaked out about our tomatoes last year so he gave up on growing them. I really really want to start a real garden next year!

  9. says

    Beautiful veggies!! I’m in Florida so I understand about the extended growing season. I still have lots of basil and culantro & chives I’m working through. I haven’t had time to plant anything for fall/winter, I wonder if its too late to try greens.
    I’ve never tried mustard greens, but I’ve cooked up collards before southern vegetarian style from a recipe I found from sunshine anderson on food network. Very good!

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Well, if you’re in Florida, I bet you still have time to get some transplants started! Kale is my favorite to grow–it’s super easy and ours lasted through frosts and even a little snow. I’m going to have to look for that collards recipe! I’m still trying to get my husband to like them. :)

  10. Amanda says

    I envy your surplus of mustard greens. They’re so fantastically peppery. You should try the Curried Mustard Greens with Kidney Beans recipe at All Recipes. It’s easy and oh so tasty delicious.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      I found a recipe for pasta with greens and caramelized onions, so I’m going to give that a try tomorrow. But if I have any greens left, I’m going to check out that curried greens recipe! Thank you for the idea! :D

    • Kiersten Frase says

      They are like stalled or something. :( The tops grew about 2 inches and then they stopped. This happens to so many of my veggies, I don’t understand it!

  11. says

    I’ve never made mustard greens, but I can’t wait to see what you do with them. I wish things were still growing here! The temp dropped down to 28 one night. Ugh.

    • Kiersten Frase says

      Our peppers did that too! I’ve never seen plants shoot up so quickly like that. I probably could have left them in a little longer too–we were still having days in the 70s last week.

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