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Summer Vegetables

Our vegetable garden this year is very different from last year.  We had a lot of cherry tomatoes last year from seeds that sprouted up in compost I used.  There are not many of them this year as I’ve pulled the sprouts out early before my guilt set in.  I just can’t bring myself to demolish a perfectly good plant.  I didn’t expect the uneven weather we’ve had that caused a lot of the tomato flowers to drop and the fruits to grow very slowly.  Beans, Kale, Broccoli and Swiss Chard are doing well though.  I can’t pick them fast enough.

August is here and the temperature dropping close to 50°F for a few nights has not helped either.  What happened to summer?  I’m debating whether I should sow winter vegetables now or wait until mid-September as usual.

The Swiss Chard is doing fine this summer

The Swiss Chard is doing fine this summer

I have no idea how this Morning glory got here but I let it grow since the flowers are so beautiful. The Bitter melon doesn't seem to mind sharing space on the fence either.

I have no idea how this Morning glory got here but I let it grow since the flowers are so beautiful. The Bitter melon doesn’t seem to mind sharing space on the fence either.

Winged beans in the foreground are just starting to flower. The Italian and Asian long beans in the background have been producing a lot of beans this season.

Winged beans in the foreground are just starting to flower. The Italian and Asian long beans in the background have been producing a lot of beans this season.

The lush Red Asian Long beans and Italian beans are growing faster than I can harvest.

The lush Red Asian Long beans and Italian beans are growing faster than I can harvest.

Sad looking tomatoes.  I had to cut most of their leaves off when black spots started to grow after  raining continuously for a few days.

Sad looking tomatoes. I had to cut most of their leaves off when black spots started to grow after raining continuously for a few days.

Holy basil are doing fine amongst the Kale, Dill and Genoese basil.

Holy basil are doing fine amongst the Kale, Dill and Genoese basil.