Monday, September 12, 2011

Ha! In Which I Take It All Back

All that whining and bellyaching paid off. In above average temperatures, that is. We've just had several weeks of 90 degree days. Who knew? Well, certainly not me. I have been recently heard predicting this to be a year with no days above 90 degrees. Again, hah! I guess anybody that wrong about the weather is instantly qualified to be a local TV news meteorologist.

I couldn't be happier about being so wrong. What a treat the last few weeks have been, even though all this sudden heat stunned some of the plants and necessitated much more watering. Many of the tomatoes that I feared were destined to become fried green tomatoes have become the buxom, ripe and ribald beauties that are the dreams of gardeners during the winter months.

Here are a couple of the top performers this season. Caspian Pink, which I had never grown before and Pork Chop, which I had never heard of and bought on the charm of it's name alone. Both of these plants yielded lots and lots of big, juicy tomatoes.

And the Sungolds, of which I have 2 plants, have been in overdrive, producing buckets and buckets of the bite size orange candy.

So following a late summer that really wasn't much of a summer we end up with a beautiful Indian summer. I LOVE this time of year in the Pacific Northwest.


Winona Farms said...

It's been an amazing month of weather, staving off depression for much of the greater portland area. Well, by a couple months, anyway.

btw, I got one of those Nicotina plants at the plant exchange as well and was also blown away at how awesome those things are. They are on the 2012 list for sure.

Any luck with that poblano? I haven't had the same luck with peppers that I'm having with the 'maters.


pdxlisa said...

Hey Zach,

Glad you got one of the Nicotiana plants too, did you get red or green? I think they will reseed themselves pretty liberally, the seeds are microscopic.

I did get some poblanos, not lots and kinda small, but better than nuthin'. And the Black Krims were terrific.