June 30th, 2005

Dancing Thru

Fresh picked

Well, breaking down and *buying* a basil plant about a month ago was a good move, since the snails ate every successive wave that sprouted from seed. I've now gotten one batch of pesto and a couple pickings of incidental leaves, and it looks like it's growing great guns, putting out HUGE leaves everywhere. Hmm, I should have tried the "lettuce leaf" variety sooner!

So far this week, I've gotten four "Old German" tomatos. One went into the pesto (along with roasted garlic and pine nuts, yum!). The others were devoured out of hand. Two more are coloring up. I'm now wondering if the other 38 (yes, that's the current count!) are mostly going to ripen at the same time, since about 2/3 of them are pretty much the same size. Yikes! Lots of infants setting, but not big enough to count yet (they could still drop, if the weather gets weird). Two cherry tomatos are coming along. First time I've gotten the bigger ones before the cherries. The first ancho chili is about the size of my finger.

The plums have come and gone, all 7 of them. I have the last two sitting on the kitchen counter. Two apricots so far, and hopefully more this weekend. I don't know what happened to the apricots. There were bunches of them, a month ago, and now there are only a few dozen, out on the branch ends. My theory is the squirrels have been harvesting them before they've gotten ripe. Hence the only ones left being on the branch ends where they can't be reached from elsewhere. Last year, they ate the pits out of them, leaving halves on the tree! Honestly, first rats and now squirrels---will these rodents never cease?

I'm hoping the Italian Grey squash starts flowering soon.

ADDENDA: Okay, I wasn't crazy in remembering Old German tomatos as being mottled red and yellow. I just checked on the web, and while mine are the spitting image in form, the ones that have been ripening up are---tomato red. Uniformly. I thought maybe I had gotten them confused with something else, but I guess not. It will be interesting to see what the other plants deliver. Well, "open pollinated" means you might get something unexpected.