I can’t seem to get any variety of canning/plum tomatoes to work in my garden. I’ve tried San Marzano. This year it was Opalaka. I can’t even remember what I did last year. And, I think there was a Roma in there somewhere. The always get diseased more than any other variety and if the ripen at all it’s very late. I think I got three tomatoes off of two plants this year. See below. Ugly!
I’m super behind in posting, but I wanted to get one out today. The first frost came super early this year, knocked out my fall green beans, the last of the tomatoes, and the peppers… before they even turned red. My fall pea plants have not produced a single pea. However pea tendrils are always delicious… if you have the patience to pick them. Here they are with sliced flat iron steak and parsnip puree from homegrown parsnips. The tendrils are sauteed very quickly with EVOO, salt, and pepper and tossed with lemon juice before serving.
When in doubt, make a tomato sauce and sear a chicken breast. 30 min = cacciatore…sort of!
Sunflowers starting to show signs of actual flowers.
The very first baby pole beans make an appearance.
Not sure if you can see it, but the ears of corn are starting to come together along the stalks. Much earlier than I anticipated.
Corn is staring to do it’s thing. Look like we might get two ears per stalk.
Tomatoes are making appearances even if they are hard to get in focus…
The sunflowers and the corn are taller than my daughter and about a day away form being taller than my son.
Overall I’m pretty pleased with the crops in my new beds on the berm. I’ve had to fight animals and people. But, what started as an almost throw away project because I didn’t want to grow grass there, has become something I’m excited about. Some of the corn didn’t make it. And I’m not sure if the replacments will have time to grow. The middle bed of sunflowers may have been a favorite place of the local pests… either the squirrels, dogs, or junior high kids. I replanted twice. They’re growing now. But maybe too late. Oh no. Now I’m invested in this throw away project…