While the fall garden is taking time to grow and battling pest damage (most likely slug damage, gathering from many helpful readers/commenters who contributed over the weekend), the weekly harvest continues to stay rather small. Even so, we still had some excitement this weekend in the kitchen garden.
Our first garden radishes! I've heard that radishes are supposed to be one of the fastest growing garden vegetables. That may be true if you're growing them under optimum conditions, but that was certainly not the case for these radishes.
I sowed the seeds for these Crimson Giant radishes in early July. They germinated just fine after 5-7 days, but then they stopped growing. Maybe they didn't like the hot summer in the mid-90s during most of July and August. According to the seed packet, these are supposed to grow to 1.5 inches across, but my radishes were only 0.75 inch across. I would have left them in the soil longer, but the leaves were getting infested with aphids (very yucky), so I pulled these two. The third one I pulled had about 2 inches of long/narrow red root that never bulbed up. I don't know why that one didn't grow. The two harvested radishes tasted fairly mild but still had plenty of "radishy" flavor.
I also harvested some cilantro from the indoor grow box and two more hot cayenne peppers so that I could make some fresh salsa. The cayenne peppers are still not showing any signs of turning red, but the green ones still pack plenty of heat for our needs. Since we didn't have any garden tomatoes for salsa-making, I had to rely on some store-bought tomatoes. Now, before you shake your head in disgust, check out these Kumato brown tomatoes I got from Trader Joe's.
I did some internet research, and apparently the company that developed these Kumato tomatoes has stated that it will never make the seeds available to the general public. The tomatoes are only grown in a few European countries and Canada by certain growers selected by invitation only. There's also some controversy as to where these tomatoes originated and whether they are open-pollinated or a hybrid variety.
After reading all this, I did something that any curious backyard gardener would do: I saved the seeds. Well, the seeds are in the processing of being saved and going through the fermentation process at the moment. It's my first time saving tomato seeds, so we'll see how it works out.
Anyway, these Kumato tomatoes were pretty brown/black/greenish in color and somewhat sweeter than "regular" red tomatoes. They made beautiful tasty salsa with our hot cayenne peppers.
Please visit Daphne's Harvest Monday for more fall harvests.