Remember our June garden update?

Our 'Persimmon' tomatoes in June

Despite the fact it is now mid-August, thanks to unseasonably cold weather, not much has really changed in the garden over the last six weeks.  As Jackie, just down the coast from us pointed out in her recent post, the weather along the central California coast this summer has not exactly been conducive to ripening tomatoes, or peppers this season.


The majority of our tomatoes, like this Russian 117, are still green


We expected 'Ilini Star' to be red by mid-August


'Persimmon' is still green too

It’s not just Northern California either, even our neighbors to the south have been similarly affected this year.


Although 'Carmen' is a red pepper, it is supposed to still taste good green

Overall production doesn’t seem particularly affected by our dreary summer weather, as the tomato and pepper plants have set ample fruit.  They just need a little sunshine to encourage them to ripen.

Many days in July and August saw daily high temperatures below 70 degrees!

That said though, July was warmer in London than here, and somehow, that doesn’t seem quite right, does it?  After all, this is California!  After our ‘June gloom’ subsides, we’re supposed to be dripping in sunshine during July, and tourists should be crowding the local beaches.


You were more likely to need a sweater at the beach in July, than sunblock...

However, this July if you traveled to our local area beaches, you were more likely to get GOOSEBUMPS than a tan!

In June a young green katydid was seen stalking squash blossoms. She's all grown up now!

There is finally hope though. There was actually a warming trend over this last weekend, and yesterday we managed to break 90 degrees Fahrenheit!  According to the National Weather Service we should experience some warmer, sunnier weather for a while.  The coastal fog bank is noticeably thinner, and we’re seeing the sunshine much earlier in the day than we have for weeks.

All through July and early August the tomatoes have been hanging on the vines, patiently waiting in all their green glory for just enough sun to turn color.  After only a couple of warm sunny days, the cheeks of the Cherokee Purples and Argentina are now finally starting to turn color.


The Cherokee Purples finally started to turn this weekend


This morning 'Argentina' is showing a lot of promise

Even our cherry tomatoes are far behind this year, including our Salisaw Cafe, and Beam’s Yellow Pear.


We have yet to harvest any Beam's Yellow Pear, but it shouldn't be long now

Of course, not everything has been lagging in the garden.

With all the extra green forage this year, our crop of fawns, including these twins, is coming along nicely.


Friday afternoon's visit from 'the twins' shows they're both doing very well

As we’re now succeeding in keeping the deer out of the gardens, we still have plenty of zucchini…


Despite the cold weather, zucchini 'Raven' continues to produce

The scarlet runner beans are taller, and still blooming, keeping our hummingbirds and bees happy…

The scarlet runner beans continue to bloom, attracting pollinators to the garden

Our winter acorn squash and pumpkins are setting fruit…


The acorn squash is on track


...and so are the pumpkins

We have plenty of  basil ready to harvest


Bountiful 'Aroma 2' basil ready for harvest

The sage is looking fabulous too.


Nothing is slowing the sage

We’ve harvested three crops of potatoes, ‘Yukon Gold’, ‘Rose Finn Apple’ and these ‘All Blue’.

'All Blue' potatoes are blue on the outside...

...and on the inside

The ‘Frost’ peach tree produced a small crop this year, which was promptly converted into jam, and the canner has also been kept occupied with pickling beets, both red and gold.

All of our strawberries, ‘Seascape’, ‘Eversweet’, and these ‘San Andreas’ are setting another flush of fruit too.


Strawberry 'San Andreas'


...this one didn't make it to the kitchen...

So it’s not all bad news in the garden.  We still have just over five weeks until the first day of fall, and there’s still plenty of time for a successful, albeit late, tomato harvest.  Hopefully, if we continue with this warming trend, our tomatoes will soon start to catch up, and the peppers will ripen.  We’ll have to wait and see what our September garden update brings.