It’s been an interesting summer to get back into vegetable growing. I got my allotment garden planted by the end of May. Since then, it’s been a matter of weeding and watering. I could have been doing more of both.
It’s been very dry. Until Sunday, our rainfall for the month of July was 3mm. I was watering twice a week, but decided that with our heat and lack of rain, I really needed to increase that to every second day. I water for about an hour — listen to some tunes on my iPod, make sure there’s enough water to go deep into the ground.
Today I noticed some flowers on my Caspian pink tomato for the first time. It’s an heirloom variety, and hasn’t been doing much in the garden. I got it a couple of weeks later than everything else — it came from Urban Harvest, at the Leslieville Farmers Market.
I’ve had one zucchini — I harvested it young, about 5-6 inches long, cut it into spears and barbecued it one night along with some corn on the cob and a steak. That made for a tasty dinner. I haven’t had any others at all: I’ve had flowers, but no resulting fruit.
Here are some pictures of my garden from this morning’s trip.
These are San Marzano type paste tomatoes. An heirloom variety, true Italians would get riled and say that they can’t be True San Marzanos because they’re not being grown in San Marzano, and everyone knows that it is the terroir that makes it what it is. They’re right. But these were sold as San Marzanos, so I don’t know what else to call them. They’re not Romas, which I’m also growing.
This will be a sweet red pepper. It’s quite small — about an inch across — but you can get the sense of it being a pepper already.
This will be interesting. This is a Hot Portuguese. How hot is hot? To be determined!
Here are some eating tomatoes. Sandy’s bugging me about when I’ll be serving Caprese salad! Based on the color and size of these, it will be a while, yet. These are called Sweet Millions.
This is a medium-sized eating tomato — between heirloom beefsteaky size and cherry tomatoes. Just right for salad. Actually, these are the ones that I want to use in a Caprese salad (if I use cherry tomatoes, I’ll want to use those little pearl-sized bocconcini) . It’s very pale at this point. Name? Early Girl. Let’s see how early she is.
Here’s my Swiss Chard. Still only about 6″ high, so I’ve been reluctant to start harvesting it. Only a couple of holes munched in it — it has fared better than my mesclun mix, definitely.
One of my neighbours down at the allotment garden gave me some yellow beans to plant. I’ve almost got some ready to harvest! I think. How do you know when yellow beans are ready to eat?
This one’s not for eating. This is one of my two birdhouse gourd plants. I’m hoping I’ll get some gourds that I can dry and drill holes into, and turn either into appropriately-sized bird houses for cavity nesters, or some cute little bird feeders to hang from the lilac, sand cherry, and elderberry (because one can never have too many bird feeders). The leaves on the vine are quite beautiful.
I’ll post more pictures as things ripen. I saw a little bunny today. I hope it doesn’t eat too much of my stuff.