The driveway garden is now significantly different. Dead, dying or no longer expected to produce dwarf tomatoes in grow bags are no more, and those that still have some fruit were moved to more secure locations. Next task will be spacing out the peppers and eggplant, after which I can do a full assessment, including a video update and pictures. The pepper and eggplant plants are loaded!
Somehow, despite this difficult season, I've managed to save seeds from most every tomato grown in the driveway - and the side yard garden is now beginning to bear some ripe fruit (Ferris Wheel, Cherokee Chocolate, Tiger Tom, Whopper, and the early dwarfs in particular). We won't get a heavy yield - the sun exposure just isn't sufficiently significant any longer - but it will provide some good eating once the driveway tomatoes are long gone (which will happen soon).
We also just did another round of tomato canning - we now have 24 quarts put down (which exceeds my mid summer expectations by...24 quarts!). If the side garden decides to really kick in, I'd love to do another 7 quarts - one can never have enough canned home grown tomatoes over the fall, winter and spring!
A few things - I am getting ready for the Monticello Heritage Harvest Festival, over Labor Day weekend. I've submitted a blog entry, and have a few more ready to go. My knee issue left me unable to attend the final Zely and Ritz tomato dinner. After Monticello, there is a West Point at Eno program (Sat Sept 14 at 10 AM - I am doing a season assessment and wrap up, with lots of Q and A).
Once things settle down I will look back and assess the garden in this most busy and complicated season. One thing for sure is that the tomato flavors have been, for the most part, quite spectacular! I hope you are all eating well from your gardens!