Late Tomatoes and Early Pumpkins.


This year has been a very slow one for my tomatoes. Usually by now I have hundreds of pounds to bargain with, but this year I have had only about 1/3 the normal amount ripen so far. One new, (for me), variety that I tried this year is very healthy, but full of only green tomatoes. As we could get our first frost any time in the next few weeks, this could be near the end of the season.  Fortunately my Roma types have finally ripened so I can make sauce.

My pumpkins and squash,on the other hand, ripened early this year.  Some of the vines are already turning brown and I plan to harvest soon. Many years it is at least 2 or 3 weeks later than this before I harvest the whole crop.

The peppers are finally in full production.  Our climate is such that peppers do not come on until September, but then watch out!  I always have way more than I can use, even after I freeze bags of them for winter use.

Here are a few photos:

Roma Type Tomatoes

Peppers Turning Red

Still a Few Beans

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Will Sig
1 Dennis the Vizsla

Fresh tomatoes from the garden: Accept no substitute.


2 Tony McGurk

Those tomatoes look beautiful. I grew Roma’s for the 1st time last season & I had a ripening problem with only those. I left some on the plant so long hoping they would ripen & they went rotten rather than turn red. Beautiful plump peppers, we call them capsicums here. Ours always do really well.


3 Steve

Hey Will,
This was probably my worst tomato crop ever. 🙁
I read recently that southern California had the coldest summer on record, and crops all over the state were late. In any event, we are calling it the “summer that wasn’t” here, and are hoping that next year is better.
At least our green beans were reliable, and I’ve got a new set of plants that is just starting to bloom.
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4 Will

Hey Tony – Some of the best Roma types never turn a real red. More of an unripe looking orange but they taste great!


5 Will

Sorry to hear you had a bad tomato summer Steve. But at least your summer pretty much lasts year round compared to ours. I remember a summer spent in Santa Barbara and going out back to pick oranges and avocados whenever we wanted them!


6 Anna

Will your garden vegetables look great. My mother in law had lot of roma, been eating them since beginning of Sept. Wow for the beans and pumpkins. Unfortunately no body attempts in our family to grow peppers, so I have to buy them, but I get them locally. My favorite is roasted peppers, I could eat them by the pound. About the green tomato. When I used to live in Poland, we could never have red tomato, never ripen, but my mom used to pickle green tomatoes with onion, and it was really good. Sorry don’t have the recipe, it was over 25 years ago….. Anna 🙂
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