Someone told me that I am quoted in an article in the latest Our State magazine....I've not seen it yet.....
I am so tired of this extreme heat - it is taking a toll on my garden (and desire to go out there and work in it!)...but today I am going to suck it up and spend all morning watering, picking and rearranging things in the driveway. I am hoping that I will find the yet-to-ripen dwarf tomatoes changing color....anxious to taste the later ripening ones, like Dwarf Mr. Snow and Summertime Gold!
.....a few hours later - everything is now watered and picked. Just amazing how things are surviving this heat. I picked a slew of summer squash, cukes and beans - then delved into the tomato patch. I've now got somewhere near 200 tomatoes on our tables and counters, half of them from the dwarf plants. With the exception of a very few varieties, I've gotten at least one ripe fruit from the plants, which makes it a very successful season....I will be able to check off the seed saving and evaluation (appearance, size, flavor, days to maturity) check boxes. It is good to see the varieties I brought to Tomatopalooza back on our tables, because they deserve a bit of a more relaxed, detailed tasting analysis.
So the next few days will be busy with tomato processing - we will can either the uncooked tomatoes, or a big batch of roasted sauce. We've also started dehydrating summer squash and freezing green beans and baked eggplant rounds. Then there are Sue's pickles. This is indeed the opposite of last summer in terms of harvesting and preserving success!