|Duke's as suggested by TheOtherDunwoody and knife from a great deal on Paula Deen knife set at Big Lots|
My plot over at Brook Run is pretty much done except for a hot pepper plant. Sustainable Pattie, the kind caring soul she is, picks the ripe peppers on Tuesdays for the food pantry. I don't think she's picking more than just a few peppers every week, but it's something. I'm not contributing much in regards to weight (the Garden set a lofty goal to donate 2000 pounds of food, and it would take 100 of my slim hot peppers to make a pound), but hopefully one or two families appreciate the peppers. My tomatoes over there did not do well and my kids were not interested in the lemony cucumbers. Live and learn.
But those late-planted tomato plants here at home are just now hitting their stride. My tomatoes escaped any plant diseases going around (maybe because the tomato plants were home-schooled they avoided getting sick like many of my friends' tomato plants).
Sustainable Pattie told me once how she lined her tomatoes on her window sill and gave them names, naming them after the members of the Supreme Court. It was probably a creative way to teach her daughter the names of the Court justices. I have only five on the window today so I can't use the Supreme Court method (plus, I could not eat a tomato named Elena). If I pick two tomatoes tomorrow I could use them to teach my kids the names of Dunwoody City Council. But since we're eating two or more a day, I think five is maximum for the window.
Our okra plants are doing well, too bad no one in my family likes okra. Every few days I cut it, and every few days more is ripe ready. The ever giving cucumber plant has given me about all she can for this summer. That cucumber plant is sort of like the Duggar mom - just producing all she can. I've probably had close to 100 cucumbers from that raised bed. Add in my hot peppers (for my homemade salsa) and the tomatoes and I'll call it a good year for the garden. The squash got the vine borer thing again this year and I forgot to plant pumpkins. But at least I'm no longer spending $5 on a single tomato.
Fall garden? Sure. Maybe I need a road trip to Callaway for this event.