Tuesday, August 04, 2009
First thing this morning I went down to the garden to pick tomatoes, which is about the best way I can possibly imagine to start the day. Our tomatoes are just reddening up, but in a week we'll be drowning in them; in fact, the tomatoes are so big and abundant that the tomato cages have been crashing to the ground under all that weight.
Last week's torrential downpours caused a burst of growth all over the garden. We've been picking pretty white eggplants and we're preparing to pick great big purple ones, and the squash patch is out of control. We've discovered that those lovely little patty-pan squashes, which taste delicious and look like little UFOs under the leaves, simply don't sell well at the Farmers' Market, which is a pity because we'll have another bushel to pick by the end of the week.
I picked a handful of okra this morning but it's a little behind. A week of blistering hot weather would do the okra patch a world of good, but I'm not sure when we'll get that. More rain is on the way, which means that by the end of the week we'll be once again suffering from every gardener's worst nightmare: MMZ syndrome. Many Massive Zucchinis.