August in the Garden Vegetable Picking

Look at all the vegetables we picked in our NYC garden in August. Come join me to learn how to grow your own food! It’s easy, anyone can do it!

Hey all,   

It’s the end of August which means we’re spending a lot of time in the garden picking vegetables.   Tomatoes, peppers, kale, carrots, onions, beans, eggplant and so much more is being picked!  This is the time of the year where tomatoes can turn quickly, so we need to keep on top of the vegetables with a couple picking sessions a week. 

Here’s what we’re picking right now!

Vegetable Picking in our NYC August Garden. Quite a haul of veggies!

And here’s 45 pounds of things I grew… one of them weighs 29 pounds.  I’ll let you guess which one! 😉

Enceladus and Vegetables from our garden

Vegetables to Pick in August

This year we grew 2 types of tomatoes, instead of our usual 3. We forego the beef tomatoes to make more room for our favorite tomatoes: cherry and roma/paste.     The goal is to always make enough tomato sauce to last us until next Summer, so we’ve been busy in the kitchen making Cherry Tomato Sauce (it’s my favorite sauce).

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August! 

We decided we were going to grow San Marzano tomatoes for the first time this year.   We had a bit of a blossom end rot issue in the beginning but besides a couple, they found their groove and are now growing beautifully. 
San Marzano Tomatoes from our garden

We did a sauce taste test between cherry and San Marzano tomatoes and even though you guys know I love my cherry tomato sauce,  WOW! The San Marzano tomato sauce was so good! Matthew and I both liked it so much we decided next year we were going to grow double the amount!

If you’re looking for a new tomato to grow to make sauce with next season, try San Marzano! I think you’ll love them!

San Marzano Tomato Sauce

On the pepper front, we’re picking Anaheim, Sandwich Box and Green Bell Peppers. You can watch me pick peppers here!

We had a pretty good bell pepper season this Summer.   Some years our bell peppers don’t grow that big, but thankfully this was a good Summer for them.  I’ve been using them up in lots of recipes (like Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs). 

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

We’re also picking tons of Anaheim peppers.  They always grow great for us!  Like tomato sauce, I make a big batch of diced chiles to freeze for Winter. 

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

Anaheim Peppers

Another first, this Summer we grew Sandwich box peppers for the first time.  You might know them as mini sweet peppers like they’re often called in the grocery store.   I love mini sweet peppers and snack on them like a crazy woman.  Now I have Enceladus hooked on them too (she thinks they taste like “candy!”) so I think next year we might need to grow double the amount!    

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

Gorgeous sandwich box peppers!

Here’s some carrots we pulled out a few weeks ago.  I have a Carrot Casserole recipe that I can’t wait to share with you!  Usually I chop these up for Slow Cooker meals or roast them in the oven.  I always use the full plant, using the carrot greens to make homemade vegetable broth

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

Even though some of the carrots great grew, some of them were stunted because they didn’t get enough light.  We have very limited space in our Brooklyn garden, so they were stuck between some tall kale and our pea fence.   Next year we’ll have to organize better.

We did just plant a couple hundred carrot seeds this past weekend for a hopeful second harvest.  Here’s to hoping they grow before first frost! 

Brooklyn Community Garden

Now let’s head over and see what we’re picking in the Community Ag Bed.  The Community bed is taken care of by a few different families.   Everyone grows a different vegetable, and then we share the harvest.  It’s kinda like a small CSA.     This is great because besides our small 8×8 plot where we grow our usual vegetables (the one I shared above), this gives us a A LOT more room to grow things. 

For example, we’re about to dig up close to 50 potato plants that we grew. We could not grow that in our small plot!    So being part of this Community bed helps us grow more vegetables,  work with our neighbors and try some vegetables we might not have grown.

As you can see, it’s a mix match of a bunch of different vegetables that we got from the Community bed this week!

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

Eggplant isn’t a vegetable we usually grow.  To be honest, we’re not huge eggplant fans, but goodness gracious, I made some delicious Eggplant Nuggets over the weekend and they were so good we might need to start growing them!  Anyone want the recipe?  Let me know in the comments!

Eggplant from garden

We also got a nice sized bag of green beans, fresh off the plant.   We’re going to sauté these up with a little butter and salt.  Yum!
What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

And more tomatoes! Because honestly, there’s no such thing as too many tomatoes!     Even though we grow lots of tomatoes, I can never say no to extra tomatoes. Tomatoes = tomato sauce!  We ALWAYS need tomato sauce.  So to recap, I’m a girl who will never turn down free tomatoes!

What we're picking in our vegetable garden in NYC in August.

Beautiful heirloom tomato.

And that’s what we’re picking in the garden right now!  

August Recipes

Here’s our favorite August recipes using our garden harvest.

Tomatoes:
Cherry Tomato Sauce
Homemade Diced Tomatoes
Stewed Tomatoes

Kale:
Kale Salad
Potato Kale Salad

Peppers
Slow Cooker Chicken Thighs
Stuffed Pepper Casserole 
Sweet Pepper Soup

Onions
Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
Slow Cooker Onion Dip
Baked Onion Rings

Eggplant
Roasted Eggplant Soup

Green Beans
Slow Cooker Green Beans
Chinese Green Beans

What’s in the near future?  Soon we’ll be digging up potatoes, picking pole beans and planting Brussels Sprouts.  Stay tuned for September!

Brussels Sprouts seedling plant

Baby Brussels Sprouts plant

Let me know in the comments what you’re picking in your August garden! 

<3
Pamela

 

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  • Your garden always amazes me. My roma tomatoes are finally starting to ripen on the vine and I am still picking purple beans. My peas are done for this year and my cucumbers are just tiny right now so I am waiting for those to get bigger. My carrots are just about ready to be picked but I usually wait till after the first frost because that makes them taste sweeter (but I have snuck a few out already – for quality control 🙂

    • Hahaha, quality control! I love it! It’s a very important step in the picking process! Sounds like quite a great harvest, thanks for sharing Monica!

    • Thank you Marilyn! We should be doing another big tomato harvest tomorrow in the garden. Looks like Sunday will be sauce day!

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