Sunday, November 27, 2011

Butter scotch pumpkin, Hawk's claws chillies, etc...

Was trying to dig out an azalea plant to make space for the 'Southern Cross'...   
Slipped, fell over and hit my head on the concrete steps... 
Next thing I knew was the sound of my own heavy breathing...
My missus came over to look me up...
Lucky thing, it was only a minor cut on the right side of the head...
Lesson learned: be careful and wear the safety helmet while working... 
(I often do so, actually, and today was one of the few instances that I didn't...)



Anyway, am happy to be able to do some harvesting...
My missus bought a butter scotch pumpkin last year from the farmers' market...
We like the taste of it and kept some seeds...
Am delighted that the plants produced 6 large pumpkins...
This one weighs about 900 grams... not too bad...

Similarly, we kept some seeds from the winter melon that we bought from the farmers' market last year...
We manage only one fruit, however... 1.7 kilograms...


The first time I ever planted potatoes years ago, we harvested over 11 kilograms from one kilogram of seeds...
Subsequent plantings were rather measly...
This time, only 3 kilograms from one kilogram of seeds...
Reason? I did not fully dry the cut-up seeds before I planted them, so most of them rotted...

Chillies this season... not too bad although it could be better... 
These finger-sized ones are called 'Taka no tsume', aka 'Hawk's claws'...
They are spicy and they taste good...

I got some okra seeds from my younger brother in Malaysia last year...
And I must say that they have adapted very well to our potager...
These are the last of the harvests for this season... 
Compared to the Japanese okras, these are gigantic...
Some of them were about 30 centimeters long...
And they were tender, super delicious and combine very well with curries... 
Will certainly grow them again next spring...