Today is the summer solstice, and it certainly feels that summer is upon us in the southwest. That means many of my cold weather plants are winding down. I’ve bid adieu to my lettuce and most of the kale, and the snow peas seem to be wrapping things up. At the same time, the tomatoes are gearing up as are the green beans, cucumbers, yellow squash, cantaloupe and watermelon. I just have to mention that the monster tomato volunteer in the cantaloupe patch is covered in grape-like green tomatoes. I surmise this volunteer is a grape tomato plant while the other volunteers have yet to produce. And, this is the first year to plant corn, and today I spied a baby ear. So far, the summer veggies are on their way to a bountiful future.
Has anyone ever had sprouting plants appear from newly spread compost? I have many tomato “volunteers” as they are referred to, sprouting in my cantaloupe patch. I do recall tossing tomato refuse in the compost pile last fall. Some from my own tomatoes and some from store bought organic tomatoes. So, I am not sure what type of tomatoes these volunteers will produce. I let them grow for a while, but now that my cantaloupe are vining nicely, I’ve had to pull them. With nowhere else to place them in the garden, I have put them in pots and given some away. I left one monster tomato plant stay as it was already blooming. I’m excited to see what kind of tomatoes will appear. So far, all the plants have taken well to their new accommodations. Only time will tell. I’m hoping for a bumber crop!