I'm way behind on my garden updates but it is finally tomato season! I didn't think these things were ever going to ripen.
Here was our very first tomato/pepper harvest. August 1st.
A few days later, we harvested our first Brandywine.
It was so meaty and delicious.
It became a BLT with basil and beet greens.
Adam wanted me to show you this angle of it... that's all I'm going to say about that.
Less than a week later, we were harvesting tons more tomatoes! Look at everyone I brought in yesterday.
They quickly became my favorite summer meal: Chop up all the fresh veggies you can get your hands on. Tear up some basil, mix in a little feta or manchengo cheese, and marinate in olive oil and white balsamic.
Scoop it onto a cracker or crusty piece of bread and you have yourself a delicious meal or snack.
Elsewhere in the garden, we have the Centennial Hop Monster.
Which is covered in hop cones.
We harvested a bunch and are experimenting with making some hop infused Tito's Vodka. It should be done in a few days - we'll let you know how it goes!
I wanted to show you all this one Yellow Pear tomato bush.
I don't think you can tell, but this thing is 10 feet tall and extends roughly 5 feet in each direction (including over the fence into my neighbors backyard).
Maybe this pic of him next to Adam (who is 6 feet tall) will help.
He is covered in adorable tear drop shaped tomatoes. At least 200 on this one vine! (I have another yellow pear planted and he's only got 15... something crazy must have happened to this guy.)
These are cherokee purple... none of them have turned purple yet but we ate a red one yesterday and it was probably the best tomato I've ever eaten.
This branch weighs at least 10 lbs. I've tied it up multiple times but those tomatoes just keep getting bigger.
Lastly, take a look at my baby eggplant butts. Aren't they adorable? These were a total experiment, I'd forgotten to plant my seedlings and in the beginning of july I decided to throw them in a bucket on the side of the house. They seem pretty happy! I'm guessing I'll have one to eat in the next week or two.
On a sad note... i think my squash is done. I never even got any zucchini, but look at him:
I'm pretty sure it started out as powdery mildew. I thought I'd cured it with the baking soda/water/oil trick but now he looks like this. What should I do? Pull him? See if he recovers?