9.17.12 Pomodorini tomatoes, shelling beans & cucumbers

The overnight temperatures are hovering around 50°F and we’re concerned about leaving the pomodorini appesi, or hanging tomatoes, out for much longer.

The Aprile pomodorini are beginning to take on color, enough so that we were able to harvest a few of the lower, mostly ripe bunches.

There’s still lots of fruit left on the vine with a ways to go.

The Ponderosa sel Oro are also beginning to ripen, but lag significantly behind the  Aprile. We’re hoping to get more color on them before being forced to harvest.

Depending on how they do the rest of the season, we may simply not have enough growing time to continue with this variety.

The cold is also affecting the other less tolerant plants like this second planting of Dragon Langerie beans, which are dying before the pods can mature.

A harvest of both planting of beans, semi-mature and dried.

Three different stages of shelled beans (clockwise, starting from left): immature beans, beans from fully dried pods, and true shelling beans from mature, partially dried pods. We’d thought the green immature beans would be similar to edamame, and boiled them as a test sample, but turned out tasting bland and starchy rather than sweet and creamy.

The Boothby Blonde cucumber plants had dropped most of their flowers during the heat of summer. They’ve now recovered and making up for lost time by producing steadily. Trimming the vines of damaged leaves seems to help slow down disease.

Harvesting: Cucumbers, fennel (second growth), kale, chard, chicories, fall greens, radishes, Tokyo turnips, potatoes (first tub), green onions.

Slowing down: Cherry tomatoes, eggplant, summer squash.

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7 Responses to 9.17.12 Pomodorini tomatoes, shelling beans & cucumbers

  1. Shawn Ann says:

    Wow your tomato plants are just loaded! Amazing! looks like your garden is doing very well! The cucumbers look great.

  2. Jenny says:

    Holly cow! I’ve never seen tomato plants this loaded with fruit like yours. It’s amazing!

  3. The tomato pictures are really impressive!! The plants are so loaded with fruit – must be a determinate variety…

  4. Norma Chang says:

    Gorgeous tomatoes. Hope the weather stays warm long enough for your Ponderosa sel Oro to take on more color.

  5. Michelle says:

    I had to laugh at the first line of your post because here I am living in “sunny California”, but a warm night this summer has been one when the temperature has not dipped below 50°F. Well, I exaggerate, we had a couple of nights when the temperature stayed around 60°F, but most nights have seen lows around 50°. The tomatoes have been pouting, and the peppers have been slow to ripen also. My experiment with edamame looks to be a failure because it’s just been too cool. And I think we’re in for a cooler than normal autumn as well.

    Are you going to pull up the tomato plants and let them hang with the tomatoes on the vine like the Italian “winter tomatoes”? I tried that a couple of years ago with Grappoli d’Inverno but the rats discovered them and thwarted my efforts.

  6. kitsapfg says:

    Those are gorgeous tomatoes and I bet you get much of them ripened either on the vine or later off the vine – as they look like they are largely cracking color. I am not nearly as blessed to have so much fruit on the vine or in as good a state of maturity and like you are facing dropping night time temps. Soon I will have to bring any that are matured enough to ripen off the vine but I am putting it off as long as possible.

  7. Liz says:

    Those cucumbers look fascinating – I haven’t seen them before. How do they taste?

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