The Trionfo Violetto pole bean is vigorous and attractive with its prolific purple flowers, leaf veins and stems, but so far I am waiting for a few beans to sample them. Fortex is only half the height now though planted at the same time. At least the always reliable Provider bush beans are producing, and the Jade beans are not far behind even though I had to completely re-seed them. Below are Provider beans with an assortment of tomatoes, including a small Big Beef, a couple of Gilbertie, and a Striped Roman on the right.
Some Golden and Boro red beets with peppers and beans.
I finally pulled all of the Copra yellow onions and they are now drying on the back porch. They are not as large as I would like but I am still pleased.
The Beedy’s Camden kale is being its prolific self. It is shading my carrots but it grows back as fast as I trim it. My MIL is visiting from Mississippi so I also cut some collards. She has been enjoying the variety of greens coming from the garden and is helping me eat them up.
More beans and shoots. My mustard is now deciding to bolt after the 2 weeks of hot weather so I am snapping off the flower stalks and throwing them in the stir fry with the broccoli shoots.
Another assortment of peppers and tomatoes. I got my first Green Zebra tomato. I think it was ripe, it was yellower than the photo shows. Kind of tangy, would be a good salad tomato. My two small Cherokee Purple tomatoes were coloring up so I picked them. Both were so badly split they were spilling their insides, so I did not photograph them. The plant, a $9 grafted plant, is only two feet tall, a real disappointment. I thought, that’s it for CP, I’m done with it. I sliced off some pieces to salvage what I could and we had a little taste test with the Green Zebra. Wow, what an excellent tomato flavor the CP has, no wonder I have been planting it every year in the hopes I get a few. The Juliet tomato, however, is as amazing and reliable as ever. The early, heavy fruit set is now ripening, but the plant is still adding height and setting new fruit. The plant is healthy and the tomatoes have been BER and crack resistant.
The rest of the garden seems to be in slow motion. The summer squash and cucumbers are finally starting to grow and put on some size. The Sunburst is now flowering but just male flowers at this time. The Green Finger cucumber is also flowering but no fruit so far. The peppers I am harvesting are from the initial fruit set. The hot weather shut them down but a few are starting to flower again. Since we had Fall-like weather the past few days and you can tell the sun is now lower in the sky, it makes me wonder if I will get anything before cold weather shuts down the warm weather crops.
That is what happened in my garden last week. To see what other gardeners around the world are doing in their gardens, head over to Daphne’s Dandelions.