This year’s garden is still surprising me. Remember that last year I hardly got any tomatoes. I did exactly the same thing this year . . same things I pretty much always do and this year, there’s been an abundance of tomatoes. We’ve had night after night after night where our temps didn’t get out of the 80’s and our days were well over 100. These pictures were taken last night at almost dark.
You can see all the tomatoes on the ground. I had staked them to the fence behind them and the ones on the ground are the ones that have just kept growing, long after the tomatoes should have died in this heat. I kept expecting them to die and never took the time to tie them up.
They’re still blooming and still producing tomatoes. Crazy.
Remember just a week or so ago (or was it this week?), I thought I wasn’t going to get any luffa.
There are at least a dozen out there. I only ended up with one plant that survived. What I’ve read says they need “several weeks” to mature once they’ve reached their full size. These are growing very fast but I’d say they have at least two weeks left before they’re full size, then “several weeks” to dry. . I’d say they need at least five more weeks. Five weeks from today is October 13. The Almanac says our first frost is going to be October 21. Accuweather goes through October 21 but ends at midnight and there’s no frost in the forecast through midnight 10/21 so MAYBE/hopefully, my loofah can mature and dry on the vine.
If I have to pull it and let it dry inside, I can but that’s not my preference.