Cloudy, soft on and off rain...the garden is just slurping and loving the moisture.
Everything is thriving, including the weeds...I am almost giving up on them. I need to bring in loads of mulch but am worried about 'importing' little red fire ants...so far we don't show signs of having any, but they're in the area. Might just have to shred newspapers and use ingenuity to mulch...not enough leaves from our own trees to shred and use at this time.
At the East Hawaii Master Gardeners plant sale a few weeks ago, we bought some green bean starter plants and were given a new-to-me variety of tomato plants called Big Zac to play with. UH School of Tropical Ag was giving them away if you signed up to enter the "Big Tomato Contest"...so we did....We got 2 of them and planted them the very next day.
The Big Zac can grow to 3 or 4 pounds with larger tomatoes not unusual at all. We normally can't grow large tomatoes due to our rain (the fruit splits almost before ripening) and critters, so I am really interested in seeing how this big boy will respond to our conditions.
The following photo is taken from the Internet and it is of a Big Zac - I would be pleased if I get one to the perfect to pick ripe stage even half that big!
The stalks are sturdy and straight...they would have to be, to be able to hold these beauties...and we have each of our plants planted inside a sturdy tomato cage. So far so good
At this point, we have two growing fruit, one on each plant, and some blooms, which we're selectively allowing to grow, but will monitor to make sure not too many of the tomatoes grow close together or from one stem.
Big Zac 1
Big Zac 2
and we have Green Beans!
...and this is how my garden grows...today!