The Garden Experiment: 2 months!

Everything in the garden is still growing well, but while we were gone this past weekend, the tomatoes went nuts and decided to pull their cages over. The weight of all the branches and new tomatoes is too much for the tiny cages, apparently, and there's no way for me to prop them up unless I put a bunch of stakes all over the place. I decided just to leave them all crazy, in true "experiment" fashion.

Here's a close-up shot of the Superfantastic plant, which is attempting to pull its cage completely over the edge of the bed. We got our first reddish tomato from this plant a couple of days ago, and it's ripening happily on the counter with a handful of cherry tomatoes.

I can't get over how different the Brandywine tomatoes look, all squatty, with their very pointy leaves at the top of each fruit. There are about 15 of various sizes all over the plant at this point. Yay!

Kent's still having a lovely time helping. He only picks the tomatoes that aren't green anymore, but today, that meant he picked one that was a slightly greenish shade of yellow. Eh, it'll still ripen on the counter.

Check out the sunflower. It opened up on our arrival back home, and Kent is thrilled to pieces. He keeps saying, "K eat SUNFLAAAAAHHHHHHH!" I guess since we're eating everything else in the garden, he thinks this is edible too. I wonder what he'll do if it makes it to seeds and I hand him a pile of sunflower seeds.

Some of the eggplants are getting really big, but we still only have the one pepper, which my grandmother informs me is NOT a bell pepper, as I suspected. Her best guess is a banana pepper. Oh well. We can still eat it, and our CSA has no shortage of bell peppers for us for June and July. I also picked the first okra a couple of days ago but I still haven't eaten it yet. Soon, I think. Maybe tonight.

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Wow, everything looks great! We dealt with wild tomato vines last year too. It worked fine, just wasn't as pretty (which my obsessive self had to work to accept!). The only caveat is if the tomatoes start resting on the ground too much, critters will get them, they can rot quicker, etc -- and that would be a waste of precious homegrown tomatoes! So, if that happens, you might want to consider staking them or supporting them to hold them above ground.

My word is "ovella," which I think maybe means a novella about eggs. :-)
Hey, those banana peppers make good chili rellano. So enjoy!
I love the picture with Kent standing at the raised bed garden, because it looks like the lion on his shirt is peering in to see what's going on as well. :)
I'm entertained by the banana peppers - my mom got several "bell" peppers from a neighbor and they have all produced banana peppers!! :) Apparently it must be difficult to tell the 2 plants apart...
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