I got back from vacation on Wednesday and my townhouse mates didn't pick anything so the cucumbers were desperate to be picked. Since I had so many they were made into pickles. Yum. The beans were overripe to be picked. Some were eaten as shelling beans as opposed to green beans. And the big news was of course the first tomatoes hiding behind the rest of the bounty. I picked Chocolate Cherry and GabrielleAnn (Sungold F3). I'm finding both varieties a bit sour this year. They don't have the wonderful sweet taste I associate with tomatoes. I just hope they get sweeter with age or I'll be quite unhappy with them. On top is the first tomatillo.
Then a few days later I decided I'd better deal with the basil. I cut it back by about a half. I was really starting to try to bloom and I just have to stop that. Once basil blooms it never quite produces anymore. The big question was what to do with it all. I have enough frozen. I dried a bit more. Then I put it out on the internet to my friends that I had tons of basil to give away. No takes. Ah well. Right now a lot of it is still in glasses of water on the counter.
Then it was time to deal with the chard. In the photo it doesn't look like much, but that is quite a few meals for me. I think I'll probably freeze it for the winter. I want to freeze about twenty servings and so far I just have four.
More tomatoes have started to ripen. At the top are the weird looking ones. These are Romeo Roma. So far they have been getting blossom end rot as you can see by one that was picked. I don't think I'll grow this variety again. It has very sparse foliage and any tomato that is susceptible to BER in even a high pH soil is not something I should be growing. At the bottom I have a couple of Heinz. This is my early determinate paste tomato. I can't wait for enough tomatoes to get in to make salsa and tomato sauce. I wonder if I have the pots to pull off a sauce taste test for each variety. Also to be picked is Principe Borghese which look like red cherries. It is a tomato that is traditionally sun dried. Some reviews I read said it wasn't good for fresh eating because it was too dry and the flavor wasn't right. Well I heartily disagree. These tomatoes taste sublime. They have a very intense and complex tomato flavor that you don't often get from cherries. They taste more like a real tomato. I keep wondering if the seed I have is not the same as other Principe Borghese seeds. Whatever they are, I'll save seed and grow them again next year.
- Beans 0.83 lbs
- Cucurbits 7.28 lbs
- Greens 1.63 lbs
- Herbs 1.35 lbs
- Tomatillo 0.12 lbs
- Tomato 1.63 lbs
- Spent this week: $0
- Total harvested this week 12.83 lbs
- Total for the year 52.36 lbs
- 2010 Tally -$59.75
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