So those are a few of the first round of my eating tomatoes. This year I planted Better Boys and Romas. By planting a couple varieties I can have some tomatoes for slicing and some for cooking. I usually try some new form of heirloom with drought resistance the folks at the farm bureau came up with, but after a few years of bad production I went back to a tried and true variety here. Not to toot my own horn but it looks like I made the right decision with all the fruit still growing on the vines.
The last few years I have tried to grow squash and failed. This was due to a borer beetle that laid eggs in the base of each plant and wiped them out. Last year someone suggested wrapping foil around the stalks. I tried it and got one zucchini from six plants before the beetle killed them. This year, after pulling up the garlic I am planting really late in the hopes that the beetle has already laid its eggs in everyone else’s squash patches. Of course this creates a few problems. Since I did not plan ahead and start the plants from seeds, I had to buy plants weeks after they should have been put in the ground. This limited my selection and quality considerably. Another problem is that the plants have to take hold and survive the extreme heat almost immediately. It’s been in the upper 90s here with heat indexes about 100. For those accustomed to Celsius, that’s one degree hotter than Hades.
Normally, the plants would have grown fairly big and begun to set fruit by now. If this works, in the future I will have to grow healthy plants from seeds and re-pot them so when they actually go in the soil the plants will be stronger and more resilient to the heat. Of course the beetle could just be waiting me out.