I cut up the eggplant plants today. Yesterday I realized that many of them were overripe, although only a couple were full-sized. So I picked those, might do something with them, might not. They will be bitter if not done right.
And today I picked all the rest and cut the plants apart. Now the jalapeno and serrano peppers will spread a bit more, and continue on their merry ripening way.
A couple weeks ago, I counted 16 tomatoes on the forlorn Lemon Boy plant. It was hit first and hardest by the septoria. Before today I'd picked 4, and today I picked 5, so there are 7 left to ripen on its Charlie Brown Tree remains. As soon as they are sugared-up enough, I'll pick the rest, and pull up the plant. Next to it, the septoria has done far less damage; different varieties are more or less prone to it. But all six planted in that area will have a short harvest life.
Did you think about how I appear inconsistent in using words or numerals for numbers? Actually, I am not, even though I don't always follow protocol. I do them a bit like books and chapters, albums and songs.
The Royal Burgundy snap beans are the most prolific I have ever grown. This week I'm planting more wax beans, and some Kentucky Wonders, but Royal Burgundy will definitely be back in the spring.
Indigo Rose tomato plant has done very well, and so has the wild currant tomato. But I am less likely to plant them again next year. I might do the wild currant in a new spot, just for interest. I've picked about a quart of those little guys, but they are more novel than useful for lunch.
The Cherokee Purple has a few fruits that are just starting to turn.
It was kind of an afterthought, and I'll probably skip it next year, as well as the Black Krim. Both are always low-producing for me, and I'll have to focus on heartier, hardy varieties. The Cherokee is hardy but not hearty. If that makes sense. The Krim tends to be neither, although those guys taste amazing. I'll find Rutgers again, and Early Girl, and definitely stick with a Brandywine or two. I haven't decided about the German Queen. It's a gorgeous plant, but also not a high producer, and if I plant fewer plants, I want more fruit from them. The Queens have a little less flavor than the Johnsons, too, although they are still pretty nice, and rather more reliable.
And Mister Stripey, well, I love that guy. He's always hit or miss, but always welcome by me. Hopefully I'll have pictures of what he ripens to next week.