Things are getting a little out of control, and I love it. Observe the gargantuan pumpkin vine below. This was taken on July 30. It runs the length of the 12 foot garden, but at a diagonal – is it 14, 15 feet long? It now has two tiny baby fruits. So at the very least, we will have that… Although, I’m hoping for more so I won’t be devastated when the squirrels and chipmunks start feasting on them. I have fed it nothing besides the compost we made last fall.
The same vine, One Week Later: Did you also notice my hands sticking up from behind the tomato plants? These same plants that I grew from seed at the end of our cold, cold winter? Some of the vines have been lashed back toward the trellis; if they stood straight up, they might be 8 or 9 feet tall. As I mentioned in a previous post, we now have ripening fruit on the Fox Cherry vine – though they are not really cherry sized anymore. We have one truly red tomato and two more that are just blushing. I am eager to taste them, but would like to be sure they are good and ripe. For now, the green tomatoes far outnumber these three reddish ones. Of course, I am also anxiously awaiting the Yellow Pear to turn, well, yellow. All of the Martian Giants are still pale green, and the Brandywines have not grown one blossom.
Here are some other views from around the garden: Finally bigger-than-a-pea peppers, cucumber blossoms, and yellow summer squash blossoms.