Last Harvest


Well, this is it, the last harvest of the season. Huge basket full of bell and poblano peppers. They were predicting frost for last night, and I decided to just pick all of the peppers that were remaining in the gardens and not try to keep the plants going any longer.

Ironically, the pepper plants are doing better now than they were during the height of the growing season. They really seem to like cool, fall weather. The dopey things are still blossoming out there.

The peppers are easy to deal with. Just wash them, cut off the stems, take out the seed pods, then dice them up, stick them in containers and freeze them. No blanching or anything else is necessary.

I don’t know if it actually froze last night. It’s still dark as the inside of a cow out there even at 6:30 AM. (Why in the world do I get up this early, anyway???)  The remote thermometer says the low last night was 37, but it’s in a sheltered location near the house and out in the yard it’s often colder.

It’s really time to start prepping for winter. I need to rearrange the stuff in the garage, get the motorcycle put away so I can get the snowblower out. This semi-annual game of shuffle board is a pain in the neck, but that’s what happens when you have more stuff than storage space.

I’ve been hearing the “S” word popping up in the weather forecasts. Yes, snow. The chance of us getting any are close to zero. It looks like it’s going to be mostly in the far north of the state, but you never know.


Author: grouchyfarmer

Yes, I'm a former farmer. Sort of. I'm also an amateur radio operator, amateur astronomer, gardener, maker of furniture, photographer.

2 thoughts on “Last Harvest”

  1. Snow. In Cincinnati, a dusting of snow will cause people to hole up like snowpacolypse has happened. We get a big snow about 4x a year. And by big I mean it’s more than 2″ on the ground and it stays. But mostly it’s just gray and cold and dismal.

    I would rather there was snow on the ground from frost to melt. Otherwise there is nothing specific to struggle against, but it’s remains constant and wearing and bleak. It’s easier to identify the enemy when there is snow on the ground.


    1. I must confess we find it a bit amusing when we see news reports about entire cities being shut down by a couple of inches of snow. But we tend to forget that they aren’t equipped to deal with that kind of thing the way we are. We’d have to get at least 4-6 inches of snow and serious drifting before they start canceling school here, but we’re equipped to handle it. We have enough snow plows, salters, etc. to deal with it.

      I’d much rather see snow than the dull browns of dead grass and bare ground also. Everything looks dull and dirty until we get the first significant snow of the season.

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