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Originally Posted by Craig
"halfway in between a nice parer and a useful petty"
Our basil is going nuts, as is the cilantro, parsley and arugula. But our tomatoes are doing poorly; combination of a late start + the soil mix we put into the new boxes is not all it should be. If we are lucky we'll have a crop in mid-August. Peppers are struggling as well.
Our next door neighbor's tomato plants are going great. He planted about 3 weeks earlier then we were able to, and his soil is primo. His crop is going to all hit at once, in about 1-2 weeks. We worked out an arrangement where he will share his July tomatoes with us, and we will share our August tomatoes.
Usually I'm making salsa a couple nights a week by this time of year. My nakiri is really upset with me.
Mine is really growing well so far. The cherry toms are starting to turn red, ate a few already that beat the rest to red. Have some beefsteak and san marzano that are ready and sitting on my counter. More will be ready soon. We have sandy soil in NJ near the shore, the tomatoes love it as long as I give them plenty of water. I don't think I can over water them with our soil. I would guess I have about 80-90 tomatoes growing now, not including the cherry ones. I expect about 400-500 by the end of the growing season if there are no issues with critters or disease.
Some of the cherry tomatoes look like they're thinking about turning...
i'm off to the races..racing with my squirrels to get to my harvest first.
making shrimp cocktail tonight (mexican version)
starting with some heirloom version i've long since forgotten the name of...
I picked two cherries and one orange sun gold last night. First ones are always the best. Starting slow but hoping for a great finish. Picked the only pepper that is growing so not sure how those are going to end up. Plants are still really low. Should have cukes by Sunday.
Picked the first Sungolds last night. Should have let them go another day, but couldn't wait anymore. They were really, really sweet.
More are on the way, and the cherry romas are starting to color up!
i jarred all my Romas last night. still having issues with cramming enough of them in the jar so i dont get that watery dead space. they shrink while in the water bath.
tonight, i am making tomato jam!! i have so many sweet heirlooms. dont want to waste them.
Still a long way to go:
made tomato jam last night. canned a bunch of it.
my harvest is winding down.
Got 3 plants, they are very big with loads of flowers and some green tomatoes. i don't think i can get many before the frost. i started very late :(