Why did she pick these tomatoes while green? they ask. Tsk.
That's why! she says, and gnashes her teeth.
Blossom end rot. *&%%$!!*^%!
Cherry tomatoes are fine. Truth is, I am not an experienced tomato grower. I'm more a perennial, herb, shrub and fruit sort of person. Ahem. Yes, I know. Tomatoes are fruit. Picky, picky fruit.
Fruit bad, so no picky!
Funny thing is, I started this 'farm' last July - very late to start anything, I thought, apologetically. And I was harvesting produce at about the same time, last year. Except that this year I planted in...April? March (seeds)...Lesson. Not worth it. I understand why I did it. I couldn't wait! I was itching to start.
The aubergine (eggplant, OK) are very happy. These are growing in my milk crates lined with plastic bags with holes punched in the bottom. Wonderful containers.
I have four Sugar Baby watermelons and this one is about bowling ball size (I have never been bowling). I do not have a single Charentais melon. I still remember the hope, the pride, the anticipation of sweet melons when planting out those precociously successful seedlings (the watermelons took forever and sickened with cold). I will remove them next week and plant something else.
'Thing' wrestles with the cucumber. I just want to see how big it can get. They have produced very little and every third one is more bitter than the waters at Marah.
And later we are off to Fire Island for a short weekend. I look forward to seeing what the beach plums and wild cherries are doing in the Sunken Forest. I have been threatened with paddle board lessons. We get to ride on another ferry. I like boats.
Have a good weekend, wherever you are, whatever you do.