Well, the Celebrity, Better Boy, Roma, Early Girls, Yellow Pear, (all transplants) and mystery volunteer tomato that sprang from my compost are all producing nice tomatoes. Lovely tomatoes. Best tomato harvest I’ve ever had.
But the Brandywines, Black Krims, and Mortgage Lifters that I grew from seed are not producing. They are lovely, vigorous plants with a few green tomatoes on them.
But the tomatoes aren’t getting ripe and no new fruit is setting. In frustration, I sprayed all of their blossoms with Blossom Set, a plant hormone that increases fruit set. Almost the only tomatoes on the plants are the result of the early season spray that I gave them. I love Blossom Set. It has really increased my tomato and bell pepper success.
Now if the weather will only cooperate, I should get some more tomatoes setting fruit. We’re due for hotter weather next week. While I won’t like it, the tomatoes will.
Just to show you how bad my garden is, I’m not even getting any squash. I had to accept some from a fellow gardener. That is the ultimate humiliation for a home gardener. But gift zucchini are better than no zucchini. The Lebanese-type zucchini was fabulous dipped in a batter of egg and flour and fried in olive oil. Yum, yum.
We’ll have the Ronde de Nice zucchini today, probably cooked Sicilian-style by sauteeing it along with some garlic in olive oil and finishing it with a splash of basalmic vinegar and topping with Parmesan cheese.
And that’s how my garden grows this week.