The jalapenos did produce like mad until the past week. I managed to make 8 half pints of jalapeno jelly and 5 half pints of pepper relish from the production of just four plants stuck in a bag of composted manure.
The tomatoes came on strong then the fruit got smaller and smaller. I still have green tomatoes on the plants but they are about golf ball size. And the plants are drying out. All told we only canned 4 pints of salsa.
|This flower is the one of the best reasons to grow okra.|
|Another lovely okra blossom|
Among the tomatoes that I had started from seed was a cucumber plant. The seed just hitchhiked in when I was setting out the little seedlings. This plant has managed to get into everything and produce nothing until last week. We found an almost perfect 6" cucumber lurking under the base.
I had done 4 successive green bean plantings. The first and second produced well. The third and fourth were flops. The first planting is still setting beans but the dry weather hasn't been doing them any favors.
I lost all my squash and the majority of my cucumbers to squash bugs and blight. The squash bugs were fierce this year.
The Swiss chard is puny but still going. Hopefully we can cut that into the frost.
|The sneaky cucumber|
Tonight I am cooking pinto beans and cornbread, a recipe I got from Ree Drummond's website Pioneer Woman. She will have her own show on Food Network starting this weekend!