Tomatoes are coming in now. I picked a few Anna Russian Pink, Purple Russian and Paul Robeson Black. The Green Zebra are also starting to ripen now and I picked a couple of those yesterday. The San Marzano's seem a bit behind this year. One of my plants is struggling, but hopefully, I will get plenty from the other plant.
The green ones are from a San Marzano plant that I pulled out this morning. The plant looked sick, I don't have space for sick plants!
Mortgage Lifter is loaded with green tomatoes. The Ponderosa plant that is on the driveway bank is over 8 feet tall now and has more tomatoes on that one plant than I see on any of my others. Although, Southern Night and Cherokee Purple are not far behind. I picked about 6 Southern Night yesterday afternoon.
Persimmon Orange only has a few tomatoes on it. I don't understand why, last year this variety gave us a lot of fruit. This is in the same bed as the San Marzano so maybe the soil needs some boosting for next year. I have been fertilizing on a regular schedule of every two to three weeks and they all get the same amount so it can't be lack of that. The plants look good, just not much fruit.
Crimson Carmello is coming in now to and is loaded with fruit. German Queen and Gold Medal will be a little later, but have a nice amount of fruit.
I planted 3 more San Marzano plants today, and another Cherokee Purple. I had the plants and couldn't bring myself to tossing them. I still have more plants and if I can find space I will plant them. I think we will have a long summer this season. The plants I have in now will be ripening very soon so these will be my backups for September harvesting.
I also planted a few pepper plants I had , a Mexico Chili and a Sweet Pimento pepper. These I planted in bed 4 after I removed the onions.
This is an 8 foot table. Small ones on this end and the larger ones on the far end. I was up until 9:30 last night cleaning and removing the greens. I let them dry a few days in the ground first, and now they will dry and cure a few more weeks. I will be putting them on drying racks today so the air will circulate under them.
I grew all of these from seeds that we started last fall. We pulled a lot for spring onions, then left the rest to grow to full size. I do have a lot that are small and may plant these again later on in the fall, they were crowded. I need to leave more space for them next year. I am pretty proud of these because onions do take a long time to grow to full size and you must fertilize often as they are high feeders. And keep the weeds out too, I have found that they don't like weeds!
Tons of summer squash this year. This is just a sampling of what we have picked, I generally get 10-20 every couple of days and have been picking since June. The Scallop squash has been incredibly prolific this year. I have been cutting them in half and roasting on a sheet pan at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes. This gives them a nice caramel color and are so yummy, then I put 4 or 5 in bags and freeze them. I think I have about 20 bags in the freezer already, just of the patty pan!
I grate the zucchini and freeze it raw, this works fine for muffins and breads when the winter months come around and I want zucchini bread. I also grate the other squash when I find the ones that have grown too large for cooking.
My new idea: When the tomato plants get so big and spread over the cages I have a hard time getting to the tag that I have in the ground. This year I decided to make some tags that I could staple to the racks, up high so I can read them. This is working out nice and I will do this again next year. I don't have a laminator so I used packing/mailing tape to double wrap the label, so far it is holding up.
And poppies flame in the rye,
And the silver note in the streamlet’s throat
Has softened almost to a sigh.
It is July.