In spite of all the rain this year that has drowned parts of our garden, the tomatoes and peppers have continued grow. The tomatoes and peppers do well in their location on the south side of the house, the same spot we had them in last summer, and we already have lots of blossoms on the plants. I found four more volunteer plants, some tomatoes and tomatillos, bringing the total number of volunteers to eleven. There’s no room for them here, so we’re going to move them to another part of the yard to see how they do.
It’s hard to tell from the above photo, it was very bright out, but there are two rows of plants, shorter peppers and tomatoes in the front, taller tomatoes in the back. Michael built two sizes of cages, some three feet tall, other’s five feet tall, and some of the tomatoes have already topped out the five foot cages. If last summer is any indication, we’ll have them at the top of the balcony above, up to nine feet tall.
We planted both green and purple tomatillos and have blossoms on all the plants.
We have a few Sun Gold tomatoes already on the vine.
And true to their name, some Early Girls have set fruit as well.
The Miniature Chocolate Bell Peppers are the first of our peppers to set fruit. They are a short, stocky plant that produces colored stuffing peppers that turn a chocolate color when ripe.
The rest of the garden is swimming today from the sudden downpour we had this morning. We hope that the herbs will hold out, they are looking very yellow from too much rain. The last of the spring lettuces bolted, so I need to pull those and start another round of summer lettuces. Just like last year, we are having trouble with eggplant flea beetles, a pest that feasts on eggplants.
All of our eggplants look like this, but we’re holding out hope that some of them will make it. If not, then sadly we probably won’t plant eggplants next year as we’ve not found a reliable organic method to keep these pests at bay.