Beans, Eggplant, Peppers, Okra — and Tomatoes

Go out of town for more than a few days, and your garden may have a few surprises waiting for you when you return.

pole beans, eggplant, peppers, okra, tomatoes

pole beans, eggplant, peppers, okra, tomatoes

The pole beans continue to outperform previous years’ beans.  Some pods are past their prime, so we will probably shell them like peas.  We also picked some eggplant and those peppers that had turned red.  Some okra pods also were getting large and may be a little tough.

The big surprise is that my tomato plants seem to have partially recovered from the late blight fungus and are producing again.  I got one tomato each of the ‘Polish linguisa’ (right side) and ‘speckled Roman’ varieties.  While the lower parts of the tomato plants have succumbed to the blight, the upper branches are growing and blooming, so we may get more tomatoes before this growing season is over.


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3 Responses to Beans, Eggplant, Peppers, Okra — and Tomatoes

  1. Hilda says:

    Glad your tomatoes are finally producing. Your produce looks remarkably like mine. I gave up picking the pole beans – nor more room, so will let the rest go to seed and keep some and store others for cooking. As for the okra, I allow any tough ones to keep on maturing, and then save the seeds. I have been using the same stock for several years now. And did you know that if you want to eliminate the slime factor (which I personally do not object to) you can soak them in lemon water for about ten minutes before cooking? I think if people knew this, a lot more would grow them.

    • Hi Hilda. It rained again soon after we picked those tomatoes, and the blight spread to the healthy branches, so there were no more tomatoes. 😢 I like to put the slime factor to use as a kind of thickener, but the lemon water trick would be good for some dishes, thanks for the tip! I haven’t been saving seeds except for one tomato variety. I plant a lot of hybrids and those won’t come true from seed. I’m also worried that if I leave the pods or fruit on the plant to produce seeds that it won’t produce any new fruit. Not a problem if you already have more than you can use, of course!

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