Friday, September 20, 2013

Garden's Still Producing

Slicing cucs have always done well for me and this year is no exception.  The cooler weather now has definitely slowed down the rate of growth, but I still have as many cucs as I want.


We eat them in one form or another once or twice every day, and I've given lots and lots away.  By the looks of this current cache, I think I'll see if Chicken Mama wants to take some to work with her tomorrow for her fellow employees. 

The above peppers are the first ones I've picked, and I did so today because I want to experiment with a new recipe for Stuffed Green Peppers.  Even though my pepper plants have remained dwarf size this year, they are loaded with as many peppers as I've ever seen.  Go figure.  This recipe I want to try . . . the only seasonings in the recipe are garlic powder, salt and black pepper.  Do any of you put in any other seasonings when you make stuffed peppers?  If so, I'd love to know what you use.  (The other ingredients in the recipe are rice, ground beef, onions, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.)

We haven't had even a slight frost yet, let alone a killing one.  I do have the cucumbers and peppers under a cold frame now, and I could/should put one over the two beds of cherry tomatoes . . . but I don't think I'm going to.  Chalk it off to laziness and our fill of cherry tomatoes.

Next post I'll do an update on the Painted Mountain Corn I grew for the second time this year.

12 comments:

Sandy said...

We also put Hatch mild green chiles in with our stuffed peppers.

Susan said...

Oh, how I wished we lived closer - for many reasons, my desire to take a few of those cukes off your hands being one. We've had two frosts already, although I think we're in a holding pattern for a few days. My cukes are long gone. I know what you mean about the cherry tomatoes - please remind me to put in only one plant next year?

Sue said...

Your stuffed pepper recipe sounds like mine. The seasonings are simple--and that's how we tend to like things. The only difference is we use a combo of MonterayJack and Cheddar cheese.

We've gotten a boatful of rain in the past two days. I could have used that in June/July, but I guess what we got did the trick. It was a good year this year...aside from the great Green Bean Disaster. And corn. And cauliflower. Hmmmmmm. Never mind!
LOL!

Stephanie said...

My pepper plant the landlord gave me is FINALLY flowering, so should have a good batch of them soon. I think it went into shock when we moved it. Didn't die off or anything, just kind of hibernated a bit. When I make stuffed peppers, it's just rice mixed w/ground beef and onion. Put inside peppers, and bake.

Mama Pea said...

Sandy - Oh, yeah! I can definitely see adding a little zing to the stuffed peppers!

Mama Pea said...

Susan - Hrumpf! I don't know about a friendship built on the strength of cucumbers! ;o}

I planted two plants of the Washington Cherry tomatoes and two of Matt's Wild Cherry. That was about 3-1/2 plants too many!

Mama Pea said...

Sue - I like the idea of using the combo of cheeses. (Don't have any Monterey Jack right now though. The stuffed peppers are on the menu for tonight.)

I STILL have both yellow and green beans out in the garden. Our neighbor M came over twice and picked since hers were a bust this year. If they are still looking good this coming Monday, I'll take a grocery bag full to a meeting. (Or send them to Michigan!)

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Your stuffed pepper recipe sounds very simple. And often, simple is the best!

After I set my pepper plants out early this summer, I think they got smaller before they took hold! Then they got blossoms before they even started to grow. I'm amazed that they are actually turning out nice peppers since they're still so small. Some plants just have a strong will to survive!

Ruth Dixon said...

My cucumbers are doing the same, way over here on the Oregon coast. In the last month and half there hasn't been a week, until now, that I picked fewer than 40, out of 3 hills. That's crazy... they've been harder to give away than zuchinni, luckily the sheep love them.

Mama Pea said...

Ruth - Yes! Harder to give away than zucchini . . . that's what I've been thinking! Our chickens will eat them, too, but at this time of year they're so full of garden leftovers they run the other way when they see me coming with a bucket!

The Weekend Homesteader said...

Your corn looks beautiful! I have been experimenting with corn the last few years. Last year I grew some blue sweel corn, and it turned out pretty good. I saved most of it for seed. This year I grew a small patch of green dent corn and the weather really affected it. I did get quite a few cobs, but most of them seemed to mildew with all the rain. I'm saving what I managed to grow for seed.

Mama Pea said...

The Weekend Homesteader - It's a gamble, isn't it? We just never know what we're gonna get out of our garden each year. I was glad I tried the Painted Mountain corn for the first time last year (with good results) 'cause if this was the first year I'd planted it, I might have labeled it a bust and never planted it again!

P.S. That green dent corn has always piqued my interest.