Well, it’s been about a month since the last update, so it’s time to go back to the garden and share progress. As you can see, things are definitely growing. This is the most successful garden I’ve ever had – tomatoes and herbs galore. But this year is about learning, and I have so! many! questions!
Question. What the heck is going on with the tomato plants? I’m getting a pretty consistent flow of ripening tomatoes and I harvest them every few days to keep ahead of the squirrels. But the foliage itself is really patchy. I still can’t decide if it’s verticillium wilt or if it’s just the sun burning out the leaves.
Like I said, the tomatoes themselves are growing. But the leaves are not nearly as lush as I was expecting and a lot of them are brown. I’m pruning almost as many leaves as I am harvesting tomatoes. It’s very strange, and I also wonder if I’m getting as many tomatoes as I would if the leaves were all big, bright and healthy.
That said, I am getting tomatoes. This is still the best my tomato plants have ever done. I’ve never had them actually fruit before! (Except for one year in Elma, when the rabbits ate my entire paltry crop as soon as it ripened and I never got any.)
Enough about the tomatoes. (Although if anyone knows what the deal is with the crispy brown leaves, please do lay it on me.)
Question. What am I going to do with all of these herbs? The basil went nuts after I transplanted it and I now have a pesto factory on my hands.
The mint is finally growing, too, and I have to harvest and use some of it before it bolts. I was expecting this from the mint, but not from the basil. Seriously! Recipes, please! Especially for mint – worst case scenario, I can make and freeze ten pounds of pesto. But what am I going to do with all of these mint leaves?
The other herbs are getting after it, too. The parsley isn’t looking quite as robust as I’d expected, given that I once had a parsley plant survive the Buffalo winter outdoors. But I definitely have enough parsley for all the tabbouleh I’d ever want. And as for the rosemary and thyme, well, they’re off to Scarborough Fair.
It’s all very exciting, but now I have to figure out some recipes. Gotta use this homegrown produce!
Question. Why will my son eat tomatoes outside, right off the vine or out of the colander, but won’t touch a vegetable indoors?
He was shoving them in his mouth by the handful, saying, “Mmm-MMMMM! Mmm-MMMMM! Mmm-MMMMM!”
Well – there’s nothing like a vine-ripened tomato, just picked and still warm from the sun.
How are your gardens growing this year? Does anyone know what’s up with my tomato plants?