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What a week its been... terrible thunderstorm on Tuesday night that knocked out power to 17k+ people in Point! We got out electricity back at 8pm Wed, too bad that was the hottest day of the year! I had to spend the majority of my day in the restaurant feeding the masses without electricity to cook their own food! At least the water was up and running so I had enough to water the plants, nothing bit the dust. The tomatoes are growing well, there have only been 5 total with blossom end rot, my neighbor has 90% of her tomatoes with it (I must be doing something right!). I'm not so sure the middle is a grape tomato anymore, more like a mini roma. There are so many blossoms on it, and its in a container I'm sure they just aren't growing to full size. We're still waiting for the sunchoke to flower, hopefully its putting all its effort into growing more, larger tubers for me to eat, but I wouldn't mind a few flowers.
Here's a closeup of the 'mini romas' as I've been calling them. I sliced one open that had blossom end rot, and it was meaty, like a roma, not mostly liquid like a grape... make sense? Some of them are 1.5 inches long. I'm not a tomato connoisseur, but I've never seen a grape that large, or meaty.
I was planning on making more pesto this week, but the storm threw those plans out the window... now look at the basil, in desperate need of a trim!
And right next to the basil is the purple bell pepper 'purple beauty' I believe. It was from seed in a mix called, carnival. The only type we haven't had out of the packet was the ivory... maybe next year! I am a little worried about the size... I've read that after they turn purple, they keep growing. The plant is still young, the pepper just starting at the top of the pic is the only other, but there are a lot more blossoms.
The winds from the storm did a number on the pea plants :'( They are still alive and producing, its just a pain to harvest! Next year I'll have to add a bit more to the trellis so I can weave the vines instead of relying on the tendrils to hold them up. The strawberries have been delicious! They are a little smaller, but that just means there's more flavor packed into a bite-sized package! I don't know about you, but I could use a break from the heat, enjoy!
Everything has been growing well and this cooler weather is great! I don't have to water my plants twice a day anymore! The cherry tomato from the in-laws is growing tall, but I'm a little dissapointed in how few blossoms there are, maybe around 30-40. I remember my dad's cherries nearly toppling over the cages because they were producing so much fruit. I don't have any complaints about the mystery tomato, which I believe I can safely say is a grape! I was excited a couple weeks ago when I thought there was 200 blossoms forming... now that number far surpasses 300!!! I'm really going to have to step up the worm castings tea production to make sure they all grow to a decent size! The sunchokes aren't growing like a weed, but still a few inches a week, maybe its getting ready for flowers!
And here is what the 300+ blossoms look like! I'm going to have to get some bamboo poles to keep this cage from collapsing! What's a good way to use hundreds of grape tomatoes... I was thinking salsa, any other suggestions?