Anticipating Harvest

Third Jane Doe

At this time last year, I was up to my eyeballs in lusciously imperfect tomatoes.

But, like almost everyone else this year, my garden’s been slow to blossom.  About 2 or 3 weeks ago I was finally able to start harvesting close to a handful of mixed cherry tomatoes per day.  Even though we’re now a couple of days into September, I still haven’t tasted the first full size fruit yet.

Unknown

As with the red ones above, I’m not sure what varietals these (and the one below) are.  I don’t recall planting any white varieties, but these tomatoes seem awfully pale to me.  Perhaps they might be garden peaches…

Another Mystery

What I do know is they are getting to a size that looks awfully tasty!  If I had to guess, I’d say this one might be a glacier tomato.

La Roma or San Marzano

I’m growing 2 varieties of paste tomato this year (if they both survived) so I’m not certain if these are la romas or san marzanos.  If I’m not mistaken though, san marz’ are a much deeper shade of red than this.

Green Zebras

I know for a fact that these are one of the two kinds of zebra tomatoes I’m growing (they’re either the green or black z’s).

Pink Zapotec

These shiny beauties are the highly anticipated pink zapotecs.  I bought what I thought was a few zapos earlier this summer at the market and found them mealy and flavourless, but I’ve since decided that they must’ve been another pleated variety.  I have a really good feeling about these ones, and enjoy running my fingers over their ruffly, hardened edges.

Baby Figs

After waiting all summer for it, I finally have two microscopic, rock-hard figs growing.  Who knows, I might get one whole fig out of these trees before the frost sets in (snerk).

Miniature Meyer Lemon

Ditto for the meyer lemon tree.  As you can see, compared to my giant fingers, this thing is skimpy.  I doubt there’s enough warm weather left to transform it into something that would be large enough to eat, too.

Jalapeno

Cooler weather also adversely affects heat-loving plants like peppers, and both of mine are stunted and measly from the lacklustre summer.  The jalapeños (above) and poblanos (below) have only just started trickling in, and by the time it’s all over, I might have enough to make a pot of chili.

Poblano

The celery has grown tall, but slender.  The beets are just about large enough to eat.  The artichoke plants produced one lousy artichoke, and truthfully, it wasn’t all that good.  The carrots haven’t grown enough to be worthwhile pickins’ and I’m pretty sure the shallots are dead.  The potatoes have been limp and lifeless for weeks, but the sunchoke leaves have stood proud and tall.  It’s been a really horrible summer for aphids in the garden, but somehow, some way the tomatoes still manage to soldier on.

Overall, I’m grading this summer and my garden as one giant bust, but am optimistic that the warmer weather expected this weekend might be able to coax a few ripened tomatoes out of the garden by the time I get back from Quebec City.  Here’s hoping!

Until next time…

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