Wednesday, August 3, 2016
My tomatoes are just beginning to start ripening. I planted about 30 of them--all different varieties. Some years, I am deluged with tomatoes, and other years, not so much. It is the way my garden was built. Too much rain is a problem for my tomatoes. Anyway, that hasn't been the case this year. I am hoping for a lot. I plan to try and make tomato sauce, and if I get enough peppers--salsa. I like to dry the cherry tomatoes in the dehydrator for sun-dried tomatoes, too. I can't ever get enough of them.
Above you will see one of my Tomatillo plants. I planted them last year when I got them from the Seed of the Month Club. I didn't know what I would end up doing with them, since I had never even heard of them before. Turns out they are a sweet/sour fruit. At first I was hesitant to even try them, and then I discovered how wonderful they are. I made up a recipe with them that is combined with zuchinni, and it is terrific. I can't wait until they are ready. I will be planting them every year, now. I just toss the seeds in the ground and they are pretty care-free from there. I also tried some ground cherries--a relative of them. I only got a few of them to germinate, so we'll see how they go. They are supposed to be sweeter.
My green beans are going well. I have bush beans in green a purple and some pole beans. I really don't like green beans that much if they are plain, but they are fine in casseroles. I try to freeze as much as I can for the winter. I love growing and picking them more than eating them.
These are my towers of pole lima beans. They are growing like crazy. I grow King Limas and Calico Limas. They both have huge seeds. I really like fresh lima beans, a lot. If I get as many as it looks like I will, I will also be freezing them.
Here is a close up of my bush lima beans. They are doing great, too. I should be eating some in about a week or so. They have smaller seeds than the pole limas, but make up for it by producing a lot.
The last few years, I have been experimenting with dry beans. You let the beans mature and dry on the vine, and then you shell them and store them in jars. I am finding that these beans do well on the less productive end of the garden. Next year, I may expand them all the way through that area and see how they do.
I also have peppers that are not doing much, eggplants that are just starting to bloom, zuchinnis that should start to produce soon, cucumbers that are giving me a few here and there, basil,carrots, beets and kohlrabi.