To fix the support issues with tomatoes and beans, I have been stringing twine from post to post in an effort to corral everything. Hopefully it will all hold up in strong wind, but I can't guarantee it will last through a hurricane, should one hit this year.
For the pole beans, I pounded a piece of electrical conduit into the ground and made a tepee out of twine, strung from the tops of the original supports. I carefully untangled the vines and with luck they will continue to grow up the strings, creating a little 'roof'.
I'm loving two new plants I tried out this year. The first, Trombonico Squash (ordered from Annapolis Seeds), is growing really well out of container. It is a vertical climber, so I have it growing up a makeshift support. The fruit is really fun looking. I haven't tasted it as yet, but this beauty should be ready soon.
The second new find is Andeen Paste Tomato, also from Annapolis Seeds. I love the tear- drop shape. Some visitors to my garden thought they were peppers. The description for the plant said that it has 3' vines, but so far mine has surpassed that and is well on its way to 5' and more. The fruit is quite large, which I can only assume will make it great for sauce making. I can't wait to see how it tastes!
This year, I don't seem to have any San Marzano paste tomatoes. Not sure how this happened, but something must have gone seriously wrong at some point during seeding/labelling last spring. I was planning on having 3 San Marzanos, and 2 Black Plum plants this year, but it seems I have ended up with all Black Plum. Not a terrible mishap as Black Plum really produces a lot of fruit that turn into a great sauce. Still, I shall miss the San Marzanos.
In general, the tomatoes are doing really well. I've been snacking on the odd sungold, but it looks like the next week or two, I should start harvesting on a larger scale. The only problem I've had so far this year, is a little bit of blossom end rot on one of the black plum plants, growing in a soil bag. Not sure why this one is the only one having problems, but I've added a little mixture of water and epsom salts, which I read may help prevent it from affecting new growth. Time will tell. At least I have 4 other Black Plum plants to fall back on ....
Meanwhile...the other tomato varieties I am growing are for fresh eating: Cosmonaut Volcov (Hope Seeds), which were so tasty last year and Tigerella (Hope Seeds), pictured below. Tigerella has a great stripped colour when ripe. I managed to grow this plant from one single seed I had left from a pack I bought at least 3 years ago.
I am on my way to having my first Costata Romanesco Zucchini. Can't wait. The plant this year is looking great and I've had no major disasters with it so far (as in years past). So hopefully, fingers crossed, it will finally have a half decent harvest (at least more than the 2-3 zucchini I had last year). They taste so great grilled on the barbecue and in grilled veggie sandwiches!