The last few days have been magnificent fall days. Yes, I said it. Fall. Certainly not Hallowe’en fall but you can sense it. The air has a different feel. The leaves are just starting to think about turning. The garden is getting closer to done.
Speaking of the garden, the Early Girl tomatoes are ripening and I have been picking a handful every day. They are amazing, the meatiest tomatoes I have ever grown.
The Manitoba tomatoes are slower, with just a hint of colour change on a few that catch the most sun. The plants are HUGE! So heavy that the wire cages have been bent right over.
I was speaking to my neighbour the other day and their tomatoes have been done and picked for weeks already. They grow against the south facing wall of their house, while we grow in beds in a small clearing in the woods. The extra sun makes a big difference. Our yard is much cooler and planting wise a few weeks slower than those with full sun. The trade off is my house is cool even after a week of 34°C summer days without air conditioning.
Peppers finally appeared but it is apparent that they will still be a bust this year. Very few bells and no jalapeños. Very odd since last year I grew the best I ever have in the same dirt.