Way too many 90+-degree days and way too little rain this summer. Is that why there is no tomato glut? Or is it more because this is the first year in a long time that we haven’t planted sungold cherry tomatoes?
The Early Girl tomatoes have been a disappointment. We planted various tomato plants in early May, had to protect them from that surprise killer frost just before Mother’s Day .. and what happened to that claim of fruit 50 days after planting?? Not even the first to ripen. Three months in, and the plant is still a disappointment, to be honest, as is the baby boomer cherry tomato.
Surprisingly, the beefsteak may be doing best of all. Thank goodness for the volunteer plants in last year’s tomato bed (now mostly peas, kale and chard) — we should have some generous cherry tomatoes later this month.
What’s gone crazy is this lemon cucumber plant. It’s taken over the cuke area and refuses to be confined. Not just to its section of the raised bed but to the raised bed, period. Only now are the deer starting to munch a bit, but it’s still sprawling outside and yellow flowers are everywhere. For all that flowering activity, though, there’s not as many cukes as I’d expect.
The cucumbers look like oranges as much as lemons, but there’s no citrusy zing to them. And there are too many seeds. Not a repeat in 2021.
Bush beans have been a winner this year. The pole beans, using seeds from a few years ago, struggled to germinate — maybe I should have started them inside? But now we are getting plenty of purple ones.
Kale is getting eaten by bugs, but chard has been abundant. We’ve even gotten some nice beets. Maybe the horse manure is really improving the soil?
I thinned out the black-eyed Susans in the fall and then the deer did some munching this summer. So that’s surprisingly tame.
Deer also munched day lilies. Oh well. I’ll divide them this fall and fill in gaps left by black-eyed Susans.
What I’ve loved, loved, loved this summer is the cluster of crocosmia along the front porch railing. I’m going to stretch it out this fall, all the way behind the lavender.
Some rose campion (another favorite) and coreopsis from earlier in the summer: