Summer harvest


Well it hasn’t been a great year here in the Northwest for summer vegetables but got enough tomatoes and peppers to make some salsa and get stocked up with enough jalapeno pepper powder (been great on omelets) until next year.

With a larger abundance of ripe jalapeno peppers this batch of peppers have a more festive look to them.


Here are the peppers ground up, as you can see above this time I kept the seeds in for a little extra bite.


While picking my tomatoes I also picked some less ripe tomatoes which were not quite ripe but vines no longer were green.  I will let these tomatoes ripen indoors, though the flavors will not be as good as garden fresh tomatoes still better than what I can get in my local grocery store.


5 Responses to “Summer harvest”

  1. Keith Says:

    When you bring in your unrippened tomatoes, how do you store them to encourage ripening? I’ve had little success in the past. I’m not sure if I’m waiting too long to bring them in you if I’m hanging them too warmly. (I’m in Seattle).

  2. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Keith, I normally wait too long and they have some blight so I have had some of your lack of success as well. The documented method is placing on newspaper in layers and only choosing the most perfect looking tomatos

  3. Keith Says:

    Hmmm. I guess that’s my big problem too – waiting too long. I’m always hoping for that extended Indian summer.

  4. Ria Says:

    What a great idea for utilising the chillis – how do you dry yours? I think I recall hearing it’s a good idea to string them up somewhere hot and dry like in the greenhouse. I’m terribly tempted to have a go at chillis myself. Need to find a type to grow outdoors in our climate though, which may be problematic…

  5. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    In my case above it was jalapenos so I just sliced them in half and put them in my dehydrator at a pretty high heat to make jalapeno powder I do have some cayanne peppers which I am still hoping to change color soon (plants looks very healthy..though might have to move to grow box soon) which I probably would let them air dry in the garage for a little while then move to dehydrator.

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