Aside from all the death of the herbs in my kitchen windows, and other windows throughout the house… yeah, I’m really not good at keeping things alive…, the garden outside is doing quite well!
My plan when I first bought the two little lonely plants on clearance, the aubergine or eggplant whichever you prefer, and the butternut squash, my plan was to plant them, tend to them to get them started growing and then leave them to defend themselves and grow if they were going to grow, or die, if that was their fate. But to my surprise, the aubergine plant died (ok, that was not too much of a surprise) and the butternut squash plant really took off! The leaves blossomed in the past couple days and have grown to look like large lily pads with soft, tender yellow and bright green blossoms strewn throughout the reaching vines. I’m very excited at the prospect of its growth! If it keeps growing as it is, there is a chance that we may get three or four butternut squashes to pick! I don’t know how big they will get, as we are getting one of the last full weeks of warm weather before fall really starts to set in, but any growth is a success in my book!
The tomato plants are doing quite well, the cherry tomato plant produced exactly five tomatoes, grew about two and a half or three feet tall and now, most of its leaves are turning yellow… so I’m not expecting much from it
anymore. I picked the two red tomatoes that came from it first and they tasted mushy and grainy and one of them was split underneath, so I guess it was overwatered. The other three semi-green, semi-orange tomatoes my friends ate and they had the same experience. So not entirely sure what happened to those tomatoes, but that’s all that is going to come off of that plant so we will have to try again with that same type next year.
But the money-maker tomatoes, of which is Doyle’s home, is growing out of
control and there are more little green tomatoes coming in than I can count! It’s really very exciting! I haven’t picked Doyle yet, who seemed like he was at a standstill for a while, at bright green and unchanging, but in the last few days he has started to take on some color! I have taken a not so great picture… he used to be at the very top of the plant and he is now more at the bottom, covered in tomato leaves and it is hard to get a good picture of him while Patella kicks her soccer ball into my feet and Mei is bouncing around in my arms trying to play with Patella, but you can see his color coming through.
The yellow tomato plant is hidden behind the plant Doyle is on and I can no longer get good access to it, so I can’t see if there are tomatoes on it or if they are turning yellow or not, so hopefully my hubby comes home soon to help me move the huge pile of sticks that is blocking my access to the rear of that plant, or I might have to get down and dirty with the sticks one day soon when Mei is down for a long nap.
All in all, I’m excited for the tomatoes and thrilled to see they are growing… if they dont get very big, I might just make little fried green tomato poppers!! That could be fun and delicious! In the meantime, I’m going to see if a local farmer has some green tomatoes that have fallen off the vine that I could have.
The chives that I have left outside to try to grow chive blossoms is at a standstill and not really growing nor is it really dying. It’s just at a stalemate. The pepper plants have little teeny, tiny peppers on them that don’t seem to be growing, so we will just have to see what happens with them. They havent grown any taller though – not much may happen with them before the winter comes. The leaves have already started to fall off the trees, beckoning fall.
Until next time!