Anyone who lives in New England remembers what last summer was like. May was cold and wet. June was cold and wet. July was wet and cold.
The only thing that I grew that did well was potatoes, and several things just up and died like my eggplants and corn and lima beans and okra. Admittedly, most of that was probably due to neglect, but the cold weather certainly didn’t help things. It was a challenging year to grow hot-weather crops, and combined with the late blight that spread quickly and wildly all over the eastern US, it spelled disaster for a great many Solonaceae. Our CSA had an embarrassingly small tomato crop last year, but we were luckier than some neighbors, who had to pull up their entire tomato crops.
I was certainly a little nervous to be growing primarily crops that need lots of hot, sunny weather to thrive, but I didn’t need to. This has been a GLORIOUS spring and summer for hot crops. Lots of days of very hot (for up this way, at least…) weather, full sun, and the occasional soaking rain. It’s been wonderful, and my plants are very happy because of it.
ALL of my tomatoes are fruiting, the big standout being the Arkansas Travelers, who have set a truly startling amount of fruit, even so early. And yesterday I noticed the first ones making the change from bright green to mild yellow. I’ll be seeing red soon!
The ones that will ripen first are the Sungolds, of course. We’re supposed to have hot, sunny days for the rest of the week. If I get lucky, I’ll be picking the first of these by the end of the week, I bet.
The biggest tomato so far is actually on a surprising plant- one of the last ones that went in the ground. These little guys are still quite short- just under 2 feet (the vast majority are up to about 3.5 ft high at this point!), but this Black tomato is biiiiig. I was tempted to pick it off green, since I should be letting this plant put energy into growing, not setting big fruit, but I couldn’t help myself. I want this one to ripen- and ripen early!
(I know, I know…I shouldn’t be touching wet tomato plants- but this was the only one that got handled and then I left the garden!)
Other things are happy, too. Check out my Serrano Peppers! These guys have grown like crazy over the past two weeks, and are dripping with flowers and eeny little peppers. These are the biggest of all of them.
And my first potato flowers! YAYYYYYY! I cannot WAIT for fresh potatoes! Soon, my sweets…soon…
Someone’s been gnawing on them…haven’t seen any buggies on these though- guess I need to take a closer look.
How’s about all that GREEN!? Isn’t it glorious? How’s the weather in your neck of the woods?