EarthBox Update — July 21, 2013

by A.J. Coltrane

Previous post here.

The zucchini are bouncing back nicely. The cucumbers, peppers, and patty-pans are finally getting into gear. The tomatoes are going nuts. Yesterday provided this:

Left to right:  Stupice tomato, Glacier tomato, two Sun Golds, and a Cocozelle zucchini.

Left to right: Stupice tomato, Glacier tomato, two Sun Golds, and a Cocozelle zucchini.

Which made for the first taste comparison among the tomatoes. A “caprese” with goat cheese and balsamic:

Tomatoes from left to right:  Store bought, Stupice, Glacier.

Tomatoes from left to right: Store bought, Stupice, Glacier.

The store bought tomatoes lost. They lacked the acid and character of the home grown.

The zucchini became this:

Lightly breaded with flour, salt, cumin, and chili powder. Finished with a drizzle of red wine vinegar.

Lightly breaded with flour, salt, cumin, and chili powder. Finished with a drizzle of red wine vinegar.

On to the plant pics. Overview:

072113 overview

Basil and Bunch Onions:

072113 basil bunch onions

Tomatoes:

072113 tomato

Tomatoes, facing the house. I cut off a few of the tall stems that were laying over on to the other cages:

072113 tomato front

The bees love the tomatillos.

073113 tomatillo

Glacier tomato understory:

Near the bottom of the glacier tomato plant.

Near the bottom of the glacier tomato plant.

Roma tomato:

072113 roma

Tequila peppers, pushing through the blooms:

072113 pepper tequila 2

Cucumbers:

072113 cucumbers

Patty-pan flower:

It's a big bee, and a bigger flower.

It’s a big bee, and a bigger flower.

The patty-pans:

072113 patty pan

New growth on the Cocozelle zucchini. They appear healthy. I had to pull one more fruit with blossom rot, but the small ones, and the one I harvested yesterday, seem to be fine:

072113 cocozelle

 

My assumption is that the calcium addition and the Safer 3-in-1 treatment helped. The week I’m going to try spraying some baking soda as a preventive measure.

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Late edit from Sunday night.

Marketmore 76 cucumbers and lemon cucumbers:

072113 cucumbers late day

And the Patty Pans, about 24 hours later than the pics above(!)

072113 patty pans late day

6 comments to EarthBox Update — July 21, 2013

  • CHAD

    Great pics! Coming along great! Bring me some tomatoes! ;)

  • A.J. Coltrane

    The Glacier tomatoes started to show some color on Tuesday. I’m hoping for a big flurry of Glacier and Sun Gold in the next 10 days or so. (And possibly Siletz. There are some fairly large tomatoes on that plant.)

    At some point I want to do a side-by-side tasting of as many varieties as we can get together. I know that both SeattleAuthor and Iron Chef Leftovers are growing different varieties. It might be fun to get 7-10 types together and see what’s popular.

  • Iron Chef Leftover

    I think that the only thing that I am growing that you are not are green zebra and those probably won’t be ready for another month.

  • A.J. Coltrane

    Sounds like a good excuse to hit one of the bigger farmers markets.

    I would like to try the green zebras. That was on the list this year but Seattle Tilth didn’t have them.

  • Iron Chef Leftovers

    I am pretty sure I got my green zebra plant at the Tilth sale, but maybe I didn’t.

  • A.J. Coltrane

    If they were there I couldn’t find them and settled for something else.

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