This summer has been very good for tomatoes and cucumber which last summer we did not have any much luck growing them. On the other hand, what did well last summer like chili, watermelon and honeydew is not looking good and we have troubled germinating the seeds. The growth of the sprouted seedlings were also so slow. We have cooler nights this summer which can contribute to many set backs for really warm-loving vegetables. I can just imagine how my plants are struggling to adapt the very hot days and cold night. I am glad that I kept some of our chili plants sowed last summer that survived through winter and now bearing many fruits which provide endless fruit for the kitchen. This is what the garden has gifted us some of it last week.
Many of the harvested tomatoes this week were Rouge de Marmande. The ones that have been grown in partial shade has also ripen and they are not affected by the scorching sun. The Romanesco zucchini is also producing better with better pollination ( have to help hand-pollinate them as I was too busy and been ignoring them hopping the bees were doing it for me). Its a busy time to hand-pollinate all the cucurbit that has female flower on it ~ cucumber, zucchini, squash, bitter gourd and melons.
We also harvested our first time 'Tender and Crisp' celery seeds. One bolted plant sure provide many seeds. How or when do you use celery seeds for cooking? I know that sometimes celery seeds is also use like spice since I saw them in the market spice shelves. But I myself never used it before.