I just went out to once again water the tomatoes (they need to be watered every day, which I have to say I don’t mind doing). I just pulled a big bowl of cherry tomatoes of the plants the other day, and just took a bigger bunch out today. I guess all those green ones are ripening very quickly.
I think there is also something that have started to eat the plants. I just saw some fairly large droppings (a caterpillar?) and the plants are looking a bit yellow in the center. It also hasn’t been very warm here lately (which I think is typical of August in San Francisco!), so I suppose that doesn’t help.
I sprayed the plants when they were very small because something was eating them and that was before they even had blossoms. I’m a bit hesitant to spray them now. But even though the cherry tomatoes are just about finished, the regular tomatoes are starting to slowly turn orange. I would hate to have them eaten up before we can eat them, but then again, I would ate to eat pesticide as well.
In Sydney I tried growing tomatoes in pots and just as they formed nice looking green tomatoes, the plants started to die. I pulled off all the green tomatoes and they mostly ripened and those that didn’t, I made fried green tomatoes. I might have to do that if they start going down hill quickly.
The rest of the plants are doing well. The cosmos are just about finished and I think I will try and save the seed from one plant that grew about a foot taller and wider than the rest. I haven’t done that before, but I’ll wait a bit and then just pluck the seed-heads off and put them in a baggie until the spring. I wonder if I should keep them in the refrigerator or the freezer? I guess I can always look up that answer…
The mint, which I thought was dead, has sent out a branch that is now tunneling into the dirt. I know these things are invasive, but I think we can eat enough of it to keep it under control!
Our friend Harvey also has a thornless blackberry plant waiting for me to plant. We were just over at his place and ate a bunch right off the vine–they were so sweet. I guess when we move I can just dig it up…