It was a slow garden week for me because I was fighting a summertime cold. Temps were not that hot and we did get a few thunderstorms. They made impressive rumbles and flashes but actually produced very little rain, so the garden remains very dry. Thursday I did manage to get some of my brassicas planted and covered in a bed freed up after the onions were harvested. This week we are supposed to have days in the 90s and no rain until maybe Friday, so that means lots of watering. It takes me two full hours to completely water my two plots since I have to pump and carry the water, so a little rain here would be welcome but not going to happen until maybe Friday.
More zucchini was picked. The plants are looking like they are close to done for the year and the powdery mildew is getting worse despite my spraying.
Lots of tomatoes were picked but a lot of the cherries and Juliets were not photographed. In this photo on the left are three orange Sunkist tomatoes (largest was 14.5 ounces, 411 grams). The pink tomato with the crack is a Pruden’s Purple (13 oz., 370 g.). Three Opalka tomatoes that avoided the BER. The first Chocolate Pear tomatoes are coming in now (they are always the last to develop and ripen, and they cracked badly after the rain). A lot of the Jaune Flamme cracked as did one Sweet Treats cherry. Not a single Esterina cherry cracked, and I picked lots of them. That is why I plant them rather than Sungold, whose taste I slightly prefer.
The peppers in the photo are two Jimmy Nardello, two Hungarian Paprika, and a Yummy Belle. The Yummy Belle is a nice little pepper but I only have gotten two peppers from two plants. With that kind of productivity it is not worth the effort and space they take. I may try a different seed source next year. The paprika peppers were dried and added to my stash to try grinding my own paprika.
To see what other gardeners around the world did last week, visit Daphne’s Dandelions, our host for Harvest Monday.