Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27 Roof Garden: Eggplant, Tomatoes, Peppers

No time for many words. But if you can't let pretty produce speak for itself at the end of July, what can you do?

July 27 harvest:
Eggplant Pingtung Long and Udumalapet
Tomatoes Kellog's Breakfast
(pretty green highlight, but they don't look like the photo at the link)
Black Cherry, Stupice, and Matina

This mystery Greek squash sent by Erik from Homegrown Evolution
has leaves that feel like suede.

I'd like to live under one
These rooster spur hot peppers grow upward. See the green one with its flower still on top? Click the link for the ripe look.

I dried these last year and they lasted me the winter+

Remember these
San Marzano tomatoes with blossom end rot?
Their dose of hydrated lime must have worked

Hey neighbor!
Need a tomato for that sandwich?

The Roger Federer hand-off prevents this early beauty from going 20 feet down and splat.

Peppers Santa Fe Grande are crashing the gates.
I like to blacken them in a cast iron skillet and add to mung beans.

Our 7 gal in 8 gal SIPs do have a nice large reservoir. Many of our tomatoes have some sort of funk on their leaves, but I'm not stressing over it (well maybe a little).

I'm certainly not pulling out any plants that are producing

Here's a second planting in the earthbox that once held spring peapods:
Endive Full Heart Batavian and Golden Purslane. The lemon and Armenian cukes at right should offer some shade.

Kellog's Breakfast tomato, redux

Eggplant Udumalapet on the vine

Last year Art installed these PVC arches, which turned out to be too slippery for the melons to climb. This year we wrapped hairy garden twine around them, strategically attached with a glue gun.

The scarlett runner beans love them
and are heading skyward

Moon and Stars Melon from Botanical Interests is an Amish heirloom. It may have gone in too late to produce, but we can hope.

The moon and stars all over the leaves
remind me of paint splatter

Black cherries line up in an orderly fashion,
ripening day by day

In the inimitable words of Warren Zevon:
enjoy every sandwich

Bob Hyland over at Inside Urban Green
will be demo-ing recycled sub-irrigated planters
on the Waterpod
(green with envy am I)


Russ C said...

H2 - Nicely done. My favorite is handing the tomato to your neighbor. Now that's what it really is all about.

Greenscaper said...

It was a very loooong day on the ever-rocking Waterpod. It now has 6 heirloom tomato bucket SIPs (with more SIPs to come) and it is I who am green with red, no yellow, no orange, no color other then green...but stay tuned, the game/garden isn't over yet. ;-)

BTW. it's neat that you finally made the transition from silent film to talkies.

H2 said...

Bob--well done on the pod! I'm mortified by that video because I was not ready for prime time....didn't know I was even heading that way. I'm jumbly with words in person--better on the keyboard.

Can't wait for updates on your floating veggie stock.

RVcook said...

Simply beautiful! The plants all look great, but what's up with the tomatoes? Do you think this could be a fertilizer issue?

Thank you for posting this wonderful blog. I have been following along for the past two years and look forward to each new posting. You make it look so easy!

H2 said...

Well thanks so much, RV--we're happy to have you visit. Not sure about the tomatoes. Any day I'm still eating them is a good day.

AlizaEss said...

The before/after photo of the tomatoes with blossom end rot is great. Inspirational to not lose hope when problems come up! I'll keep hydrated lime in mind...

H2 said...

Hi *******
Those San Marzano are an odd tomato on my roof. Someone else wrote and said the variety always got BER. Not sure if it's weather, but they seem small (same thing happening on Russ's roof)and get real watery on the way to ripe.

May be weather-related. But hydrated lime in the reservoir seems like a good idea and I gave all the tomatoes a dose back when I dosed the SMs.