On Midmorning this morning a master gardener told me that if I have hard green tomatoes on my tomato plant, it’s too late I am reluctant to acknowledge this, and am trying to keep positive based on last year’s mid-October tomato harvest:
But now I am thinking about all the vegetables I may not get a harvest from at all: cucumbers, pole beans, summer squash (okay, there’s one fruit on the plant, but that’s it), okra, bitter melon, five tomato plants (brandywine, martian giant, persimmon, wapsipinicom peach, zapotec, cherokee purple), rocoto pepper, soybeans, corn, watermelon, and probably a few more that I just am not thinking of right now.
Also, my reisetomate is having an identity crisis. This is what the fruit is looking like:
which, incidentally, looks nothing like these.
One of my corn stalks has started shedding pollen, and all the corn appears to be a decent height, but I can’t find any of the silks that are supposed to be pollinated (here is information I found about corn pollination).
It looks like, in Minnesota last week, 95% of the crop corn was silking. This puts my corn at least a week behind the norm, which I guess is not terrible, considering my shady yard. I guess the decider will be whether I get any ears.
Only 50% of the crop soybeans are setting pods in MN. I would love to just get a few from my plants.