Last week was great, I harvested about 27 tomatoes. Lost a couple to pests. So far the count is 501 (excluding the ones we lost). The weather is awesome for the past couple of days, the plants are doing a happy dance :)
The temperatures are crazy here in So Cal. It's been windy, cold and raining. The tomato plants are still growing with new flowers. But I think as the cold weather sets in, the plants will slowly stop producing.
Last 2 weeks' harvest:
I removed all the leaves from the basil plant, cleaned and dried them. Added the leaves to the food processor along with some olive oil, made something similar to pesto and froze them. This will come in handy when I make pizza/pasta sauce.
The tomatoes are in abundance, so I have been freezing and also giving them to my neighbors. I haven't bought tomatoes in the past 5 months.
The tomato plants are still producing, some even with new flowers. The weather has been a bit crazy in So Cal with gloomy and 80F days. So far the tomatoes count is 394 from 8 plants, not bad right? Last week we harvested some tomatoes and purple peppers.
The eggplant plants are producing flowers but not a single eggplant yet, very disappointing :(
The mystery squash finally has a female flower, I am waiting to see what happens.
It's been some time since I posted. Life has been busy lately, but it will slow down end of november, I hope! Tomato plants are still going strong with new flowers on them. It's been raining and cloudy for the past couple of days. We have harvested 360 tomatoes so far and we lost about 15-20 to the pests. Next season I will invest in a weighing machine so that I know how many pounds the plants produced. Pepper plants are doing okay, I am behind on the fall planting. I want to try carrots and brocolli. Here are some recent pictures.
The tomato plants are loaded with heavy fruits. Even though they are caged and staked, a couple of them are ready to fall over. They are growing vigorously and are spread out. This season I decided not to prune them like I did last year.
We call this a tomato jungle :)
Pepper plants from last year are yielding. I also bought some new plants.
This year I sowed Okra and Eggplants. Okra plants have started flowering even though the plants are too small. Eggplants are too small, they are growing real slow.
The apple tree has 3 apples and they are of a decent size.
These plants has spread quite a bit since last year. They grow up to 9 feet and humming birds love them. I managed to capture a humming bird's visit. I would love to have another variety which has white patterns in the leaves.
I sowed the seeds in a pot in April and they started coming up in a few days. I transplanted them later and they grew so tall. These plants require full sun and they are a great addition to a garden with a splash of bright colors. So far in my cosmos bed, I see only purple and white flowers. I read that comos flowers attracts butterflies but so far none to be seen :)