It's the middle of June and the star of the show? Why the tomatoes, of course!
But, not for long I am afraid! It looks like this weekend I will be trimming back the tomato plants to try to salvage the baby maters that are left on the plants. The stink bugs have gotten so bad, and the heat and humidity are taking their toll. It's not likely that any more of the blooms will set fruit. :-( So with a heavy heart the plants will be pruned to only what is left with fruit set. Then new plants will be started. I think I'm going to look into more determinate varieties for the fall and for next year. I've got 18 plants and still not getting as many tomatoes as I should be getting. That is just not right, and I am not happy about it. I should have enough of them to make several batches of sauce already, not just one. *pout*
Other harvest this week include my first ever pole beans! (Thanks Daphne!) It's a whopper of a harvest, too. 2 beans. Yup. Count 'em again. 2 beans. :-D Ah, well. It IS over 90 each day now so I don't know if they will set in this heat or not. But, I tried anyway. I got 2 beans so not a complete and utter failure, right? Besides, I absolutely *love* watching them climbing the poles and the corn stalks in the garden. I hope that next year the pole beans will go in earlier and have a permanent place in both my spring and fall rotations.
1lb 5.8oz cucumbers 6.4oz zucchini and 8 cayenne peppers for .7oz round out this weeks tally. With the heat the garden is pulling back. It's time for things to start changing up again but meanwhile a lot of the harvest will fall off. I'm just hoping to limp by for a couple weeks here until the next wave of harvest pick up. I know that the limas will bloom soon, and the tomatillos skin will split and be ready for harvest. Meanwhile it's hot and humid so I'm staying busy inside!
'Till next time!