An email from a local nursery (SummerWind Campbell) suggested that Now is the Time to Plant more tomatoes. Well, how could I say no to that.
Our summer in Silicon Valley has been the coldest in 40 years. I have these huge GREEN beefsteak tomatoes. We have the occasional spikes up to 90, and then I’ll get one or two red ones, but it’s been a disappointing summer crop wise.
I had planted 20 summer squash, and was never overwhelmed. I barely canned 6 pints of Zesty Zucchini Relish!
So, when the email promised extending my tomato season, I jumped! I bought one each of Champion, Glacier, Siberian, Stupice, Jetsetter, and Manitoba.
I’d grown Stupice from a seed last season and they were very sweet and about the size of a grape tomato. I’m looking forward to trying Glaciers.
This weekend, I need to go out and pull the squash plants that are done, and the grape tomato plants that aren’t going to produce any more. (let’s hear it for determinate plants). And then I’ll plant spinach, chard, peas and turnip seeds. I’m feeling curious so I’ll try to plant broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts from seeds rather then starting them in the house and transplanting. My husband is getting annoyed at losing the dining room table for weeks at a time.
Keep your fingers crossed that we get a few more heat waves. My bean poles are lush with beautiful green vines, barely any flowers, and me wanting my blue lake beans.