SpaRRows, on the other hand, gave me its 'big'-est harvest yet yesterday - just a tad over 10#.
In the basket there are a handful of San Marzanos and 3 toms from the mystery plant.
The middle tray: Bush Goliath toms, a handful mix of blue lake & contender beans, a little cuke from the deck vine and all of the bell peppers that had started to color up.
The end tray is filled with San Marzanos from the deck pots.
There has been a persistent groundhog up by the deck and no amount of persuasion from the air rifle deters him so I thought it best to harvest toms & peppers colored up and bring them into the breezeway to fully ripen.
|Dwarf Red Robin|
|Bob Estler's Mtg Lifter|
The toms against the fence are starting to ripen - hopefully before the annual late blight ruins everything.
|Fence San Marzano|
The Bob Estler Mortgage Lifters (from seeds I saved last year) are HUMONGOUS! The San Marzanos are also on the large side.
I'd found what I thought I'd found the very last seed in an envelope sent from a friend in 2009. I was sure it was a Rose Quartz and since I'd recently re-connected with this friend who said he'd like to get some Rose Quartz seeds for his new garden, I thought it would be fun to grow out the last seed for him. So I did. So it sprouted. So I planted it.
It quickly turned out it was NOT a Rose Quartz. DANG! I LOVE Rose Quartz so that means no salad tomatoes for me this year. (Thank goodness for the Red Robins!) Well, the mystery tomatoes were small-ish at first and dark red when ripe so I assumed it was a REISENTRAUBE because that friend had also sent me seeds of that variety in that original envelope. Okay, I'd use them in sauce - they had a darker look and heavier flavor.
I've never grown a tomato like this before. I have no freaking clue what I'm growing. Thing is -- I'm really liking them. So I'm going to have to save some seeds and grow one next year. If anyone can clue me in on what I've got, sure would appreciate it.
Meanwhile, the fence cukes are struggling with mosiac but I still get an occasion half-filled cuke for salad. The deck cuke, free from the smothering embrace of that crappy lemon cuke, has gotten cocky and putting out some new growth. Gotta love an underdog. Maybe I'll get a few more of those pint-sized cukes before the mosiac takes the plant.
Speaking of stepping up - the contender & blue lake beans are reblooming.
And look, the onions are actually bulbing up even though they weren't planted out until June. How about that?
Those 3 med hot block peppers finally took hold. Wonder if I'll get more than the token 1 fruit/per plant I'm seeing now.
Well, that pretty much takes care of everything. The back volunteer sqash is doing well with 5 monster fruits turning tan. Really hoping the groundhog doesn't take a liking to them. It would be sad to have gotten them past the deer only to lose them so late in the game.
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