Tonight, to go with our fish filets, Mark made a grilled corn salsa. And like music to this gardener's ears, he said, "Can you go and get me some things from your garden?" He requested a sweet green pepper, tomatoes, onions, chives and a jalapeno pepper.
Oh okay - he only asked for one tomato - but I wanted to give him some choice.
And he actually asked for chives, which I did chop and bring in. But I couldn't resist picking some of my onions, whose green tops were starting to wilt in this scorching heat.
But speaking of tomatoes....
Are any of you having this problem? Cracking tomatoes?
I read up on google and so did my husband and then I was on the phone with my dad and it turns out he knew the answer all along (of course he did - he is the original Mr. Greenish Thumb).
It seems tomatoes like even-watering. So when you've had a super dry summer like ours, and you go on vacation for two weeks, like we did, and then when you come home and try to over-compensate for your absence by watering like a mad-fiend, it backfires. The inside of the tomato grows faster than the outside and it splits.
All I can do is try to pick these tomatoes before bugs get inside and they rot.
Another difficulty is sweet peppers rotting at the bottoms. Apparently this is from over-watering. Peppers like to get a little dry between waterings.
So I guess I'll try to switch to watering every other day, instead of every day.
I guess you can love your garden a little too much.
~Miss Greenish Thumb~