I am not happy with the photo above. It was early morning, and the shutter moved so slowly that I blurred it. By the time I realized my mistake, I had already committed the blankety-blank tomato hornworm to the netherworld. I am only including it as representative of my garden as a whole this summer. The spring veggies were great, but summer not so much. Plagued by tomato worms (and other creepy crawleys), lack of space for the sprawling summer veggies, June weather that thought it was August, and now August weather that thinks it’s fall, I am throwing in the towel. I hate to focus on the negative, so this is my last letter about vegetables. Carry on without me if you will. I understand.
I am sick of cucumbers, and honestly, there was never enough to share with our local food bank through Plant a Row for the Hungry. Just enough to make me not want to eat them for awhile. I like cukes, but I’m not in love with them. I pulled the vine from the ground yesterday.
The tomatoes are still green, but quickly growing. For largest tomatoes and largest plant, the winner is: ‘Giant Belgium’. It is six feet tall and has resorted to leaning against one of the crapemyrtles for support. I hope I get a tomato from it. I don’t like fried green tomatoes, so I’ve decided to make tomato pickles if the silly things don’t ripen before frost.
The melons are still rambling with no fruit. This tells me pollination is still down in spite of the flowers.
About the space issue, I’ve already discussed it with HH, and we are going to make a new garden for the veggies this winter and let it sit. I told him I need it before February. However, that isn’t entirely true. I have enough space to grow spring lettuces, spinach, kale, radishes and chard in the garden, so if it’s later, that’s o.k. too.
As for a fall garden, I am just not in the mood. Continue harvesting your veggies girls, and adios to the letters, but not to you. I’ll try again next spring.