The tomatoes are starting to ripen finally. Red Robin (dwarf cherry) was the earliest variety, followed by a lone Paul Robeson, and a couple of Early Annies. The vines now completely cover the kitchen windows making lovely cool shade on a hot, sunny day. On the down side, the kitchen is downright dark if the sky is overcast. I am not sure how the overall crop is shaping up as we have had some rapid cycles of hot/dry to cool/wet. Hoping for the best as always.
The Vietnamese Water Spinach experiment continues apace with a pool full of the new-to-us green. I thought that it was growing well and that we had quite a lot of it coming along but internet sources tell me that it cooks down to 25% of its picked volume. Perhaps our little pond of greens will not go as far as I thought. I am finding lots of recipes for using it in stir drys but I think we will hold out for something more inspired. Apparently the leaves soften when cooked while the stems maintain a nice crunch if done correctly. So much pressure.
The cauliflower effort was a good one but they take up too much space and bolt too quickly in our little vegetable plot. The rapidly expanding heads made for a delicious Cauliflower Risotto thanks to and a Jamie Oliver recipe. The rest will need to be eaten up quite soon. The empty garlic and cauliflower beds have made room for planting more salad greens and chois. It is a lovely time of year in the garden.