It has rained all summer.
It has been hot and humid and dark and rainy and horrible. My poor, poor garden! It did so well at first.
My tomatoes are literally rotting on the vines - they get big and green and pretty, then start to turn red and almost every one rots off overnight. If they don't rot, blight starts setting in. It's happening to every single garden around here, so we're all picking our tomatoes green and bringing them inside to ripen on windowsills. I thought I'd show you yesterday's garden basket.
There are two cucumbers down in there, too, but I forgot to pull them up where they could be seen. The zucchini plant is producing like mad; no problems with it! I only got one in this basket but I usually have two or three. And my 'winter' squash, like butternut and the white scallop you see here, is just starting to come in and seems fine. It's mostly the tomatoes - the cherry tomatoes are doing the best but about a third of them go bad. They ripen so fast it's hard to keep up, though. You can see some spots on a few tomatoes where they were already starting to turn bad - and one, lone, healthy, almost ripe red one. Oh well. They taste just as garden-fresh when they ripen in a sunny kitchen!
That basket was soooo heavy when I was done! And tomorrow's will be just as full, but it's starting to turn cold at night so I don't think the garden has much longer. Grow, little squashes! Grow fast!