South Jersey caners have been busy canning tomatoes and sauce already. We're about ready to join the fun. Our San Marzano's are beginning to ripen even though they are shaded somewhat beneath passion flower vines.
Even without the San Marzano's, we finally have enough tomatoes to make our first pot of pasta sauce this weekend! We plan to use some of our heirlooms too: Cherokee Purple and Goldman's.
Other veggies, herbs, harvests and updates in our garden include:
- Italian Parsley (huge and blooming now too!)
- heirloom Chocolate Cherry tomatoes
- very small, current type, French tomatoes: Leslie's Petit Moineau
- Rutgers Select
- Pattypan Squash - picked one HUGE one so far (shown) - we plan on cooking it tonight
- Oregano (let air dry and store in spice jars)
- no onions this summer!! they were a bust
- didn't see many grapes either this year... have to go look again
- Cow peas and Franchi Fagiolo Rampicante Anellino giallo climbing yellow French beans are coming along...
We could use some rain. This morning, chattering catbirds enjoyed cooling off under the garden sprinkler while perching on willow branches.
The PB shrub is really more like a small tree and doesn't look at all like a shrub. I was told the blooms would be a favorite for hummingbirds. And, friends from Dave's Garden were right! I've been watching hummingbirds (and butterflies) loving it. The blooms remind me of an azalea blossom.
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