the summer growing season

Summer is coming to an end, and we’re now seeing tomatoes on our plants. The summer started with tomato plants growing slowly and when they showed flowers, they didn’t set fruit. The flowers withered or dropped. It wasn’t until late into summer that the tomato flowers began to set fruit and eventually signs of tomatoes were popping up all over the place.

Heirloom tomatoes Early stage
Todd County Amish 
Green zebra Heirloom tomatoes

One of the black zebra variety finally ripened after hanging on the vine all summer. TH and I enjoyed it sliced into wedges, with a bit a quality fruity olive oil, basil, and salt. It was the best tomato we have had in a long time! So much so that’s it got TH excited and pleased. Before he was a bit annoyed that the tomato plants weren’t producing tomatoes.

 This guy finally ripened and he looks beautiful! He tasted even better; a little bit of sea salt and fruity olive oil - yum!   This is one of the zebra varieties that we bought. Isis Candy Heirloom tomatoes

The chili pepper plants have done well too. The jalapeno plants didn’t produce to many peppers. The cayenne pepper plants are full of hanging cayenne peppers. They’re long and still green. They should be turning red soon. And it’s still producing flowers! The cherry pepper plants did well and produced some nice red peppers. Unfortunately, they were not producing enough to collect so I can pickle them. And it was susceptible to spider mites, too! And they too, continue to produce flowers. And the habenero plants are finally producing flowers, which will in turn become habenero peppers. I’m looking forward to collecting these hot babies!

Cayenne

 And lastly but not least, one of our pots of strawberry plants are producing another round of strawberries. This time, these are bigger than the last ones I collected. However, they lacked flavor and sweetness. Regardless, the fact that they are still producing fruit is welcomed.

Strawberries
Winged insect

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