This is the end of the Celebrity’s tomatoes, barring the success of the plant’s new production. I have no idea of what to think of the new tomatoes forming on its vine. I did try looking the variety up this week on the Web. On one site they described the Celebrity as a semi-determinate tomato. Maybe that description explains what I’m seeing on my plant. I mean it sat there for weeks and weeks with withered blossoms, which have now started forming new tomatoes. I find that completely beyond reason.
But my full-size, indeterminate Sugar Snack, overgrown, sprawling, twining over itself and with its elbows and knees resting on and into several nearby pots, is still producing its delightful cherry tomatoes. One site I visited this week said cherry tomato plants grow too large to be raised successfully in containers. Well, I wished I could introduce that author to my Sugar Snack plant. It’s still going strong and shows no signs of slowing down. I just keep it well watered and fertilized, and it thrives.
This week also brought the end of my first planting of bush beans. But I have a second crop coming on now in another container. I pulled the first bean plants out of their tub this week and planted Swiss chard seeds there. I hope to harvest some chard before we get killing weather this fall. But who knows?
And the push to keep what we’ve grown struck even me. So I harvested a few of my chives, snipped them, and froze them on trays before bagging them up to tuck away in the freezer for winter use. I also oven-dried most of my tomatoes and froze them. I don’t know why, except that I love that flavor on my pasta and pizza, so I indulged myself with my attempt to extend my home-grown bounty on into winter. (Plus, with determinate tomatoes, you almost must do something about preserving them, because they all ripen nearly at once.)
Summing up, it’s been a good year for me in my container gardening effort. And this week, I started plotting out next year’s garden. I think I’ve enjoyed what I’m doing. And the score? Me, lots; groundhog, zero.
Harvest Monday is hosted at Daphne’s Dandelions. Be sure to visit her excellent site to view more harvests.