Sunday, August 2, 2020


Well the tomatoes are done for this year.

Here are the tomatoes that ripened since our last harvest two weekends ago including a couple of green tomatoes so I pulled those too.  The plants are definitely done. Crispy leaves and no new growth.

We think by covering them with the freeze cloth (to keep the birds away) we extended our growing season just a bit longer.  They were protected from the heat of the blazing sun but didn't set any new fruit.  All that ripened were the ones that were already green.  A bit smaller than normal but we'll take it.  The squash has one small fruit on it but it looks done as well.  The peppers never set fruit.  Not sure what happened there.  

The basil has been nice and we've used a lot of it this season.  All in all, it was a nice distraction during the quarantine/pandemic.

Tomorrow an update on the weekend, including a near disaster in the orchard area.

Today NASCAR is back after a couple weeks off but of course, both of us being space fans, we are watching astronauts Bob and Doug and their return to Earth on the SpaceX capsule Endeavor.  Good luck guys!


  1. Around here, there are all sorts of cloths up on sticks, regular sticks, to shade tomatoes from the heat.

  2. So many gardens are biting the dust. It's so sad.

  3. spouse just picked his first 3 big boy tomatoes yesterday. we have already taken 20 cucumbers to the local food bank as we cannot eat them all.

  4. I didn't do any veggie planting this year but I do have a volunteer tabasco plant that is growing like crazy, ( up & beyond my waist) blooming and is loaded with peppers. Only thing is; I have to wait awhile to pick any peppers as they have to be picked just when they turn just the right color

  5. Mine is wounding down and fixing to put in the fall garden.

  6. Nice looking weekend harvest of tomatoes. I think your shade cloth did extend your tomato harvest by a few weeks. Are you going to enjoy them fresh or do you have other plans for them?

    I am sooo looking forward to starting my Fall/Winter garden - I really want some fresh, homegrown greens and vegetables. So in a couple of weeks, from mid to late August, I am going to plant seeds for green beans, squash, peppers, and tomatoes.
    Then right after Labor Day, I’ll plant seedlings of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, parsley, Swiss chard, and seeds for radish.
    When it cools off a bit in mid-September on into October, it will be time to plant seeds for beets, carrots, dill, lettuce, and spinach and plants for lettuce, mustard greens, and onions.
    To space out and extend the growing season, I’ll continue to make several more plantings every 7 - 10 days of broccoli, cabbage, and lettuce.


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