Garden Bloggers Bloom Day shows off all the blooms in my garden on August 15 2011. Even more than blooming, this month is about what happens after the bloom. The produce, fruit or seed that is created after the flower.
I am trying to stay ahead of the of the zucchini production by picking them small, like the two little ones on the right. The blossoms are still attached to these Clairimore variety. The bigger ones became chocolate zucchini cake or zucchini and black walnut cake with lemon glaze.
This year, is not a good year for my garden. I couldn’t water enough to keep up hardy production.
The garden plants are stressed and more suseptible to insects and disease. Flea beetles are eating up the plants faster than the plants can produce eggplants.
I only got in a couple of pickings of green beans before a gang of bug thugs moved in and trashed the bean patch.
I’ve planted a few more beans, hoping to get in a late crop of haricots verts (skinny and tender French
green beans) And a couple more cucumbers and squash to replace the ones killed by insects. It’s just a gamble to see if they produce before a killing frost. The space was empty and I had extra seed. We shall see.
Tomato plants did not set blooms because it was so hot. So, I will have a smaller than anticipated harvest. I’ll make some tabouli and a batch of gazpacho. Plus, I have enough to share with neighbors.
I won’t have enough to can or put up as salsa. But I did have enough for a couple of taste testings with the nine different varieties of heirloom tomatoes. I’ll eventually review them all in my HubPages. There is a lot of good tomato information.
Next year, I’ll grow a few of the best tomatoes from this summer. And, I’ll grow some heirlooms I’ve never tried before.
The real reason I grow thin skinned, rich flavored, juicy heirloom tomatoes is simple:
Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches and