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.
The snap peas are amazing and bountiful. The green beens a coming in gangbusters and are still delicious at almost a foot long, so the yield in terms of portions is off the charts. Variety: Fortex. Also was my best producer last year. The broccolini is starting in too and I literally don’t know what to do will all the squash—and that’s just from two squash plants!
I love the variety of snow peas I grew this year. They are an Asian variety that is yellow and really easy to see to pick. They’re about 3-5″ long and super tenter. They’s so good that my 6 year old begged to eat them raw right off the plants and to go in his lunch. They came quick and put out quick. Now they’re on their way out. I’m going to pull them soon and then plant a second round for fall harvest. You can tell the bottoms are already turning yellow and the peas aren’t as nice.
Beet Greens looking healthier after culling the rotting ones. Beets seem unaffected, though growing a little slowly
Raspberry bushes are caning like maniacs. We should have nice fruit next year.
Some of the tomato varieties are really starting to get big.
Between the Squash taking over the world and my cukes having issues, I added on an extra trellis for my vining little friends. and they are starting to reciprocate my love… Despite some cucumber beetle spottings and some signs of wilt. We’ll see how long they last.
I grow thyme, sage, parsley, basil, mint, (try to grow oregano and rosemary,) and grow an amazing Italian herb called Nepitella. Think of it as a cross between mint, oregano, and sage. It is wonderful with mushrooms and I imagine, great with lamb. It is actually in the catnip family… for what that’s worth.
The important other things to know about it are that it is perennial and grows like a weed. I’ve already had to cut it back hard and started drying it out. on my pot pack. Works great for drying hard herbs. Looks like every one is getting dried Nepitella for Christmas/Hanukkah this year!
My Thyme is flowering and out of control already too. I just made a nice bouquet in a rocks class that classed up the house visually and in an olfactory way.
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.