See? This is what I just picked and it's only beginning. The tomato plants are loaded with tomatoes and I need to decide what I'm going to do with them this year. I have some new heirloom varieties I can't wait to try. Some of my indeterminate varieties are now ten feet tall! The large tomatoes in this picture are Pink Brandywine and Granny Cantrell.
I've been busy battling the dang bugs and watering the garden since we've not had much rain lately. So far so good on the bugs except for the cucumbers; they are struggling even though I am spraying every other day with neem. Cursed cucumber beetles; they are soooo maddening.
I'll try to get a picture of the garden tomorrow for the garden watchers; I meant to today but was gone most of the day. I just walked down to check on the beans, hoping they'd gotten big enough to pick and like magic - they had! I planted three kinds this year and my rattlesnack ones are the earliest to mature. I also have some purple ones just coming out that are very pretty... you can see one in the picture. We've already eaten two eggplants and a few okras and we are totally impressed with our zucchini plants. They are - as everyone knows - prolific! I picked 13 today! I am shredding and "noodling" them and making fritters and grain free zucchini bread (that is very good... will post recipe soon). And freezing a lot.
Looks like I might have bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, beans, okra and zucchini. I won't know about the sweet potatoes until the fall but have my fingers crossed. Now the challenge is to not let any of it go to waste! I'd best pull the canner out of the basement!