From commentor RAM:
Here’s a photo of our first full-sized tomato of the season, along with some nice green beans, black raspberries, and lettuce that my wife snapped this a.m. We live 40 miles west of Chicago and this is the earliest we can remember harvesting full-sized tomatoes. Not even sure what variety it is. Apparently we got the ID stakes mixed up because it definitely is NOT a German strawberry. The black raspberries grow wild behind our house along a railroad track. Originally, my great-grandparents grew black raspberries on this property to earn money during their retirement from farming, and I suspect these canes are the descendants of the ones that once covered part of our homesite.
And more from commentor Kathi C:
Experimenting with balloons to scare off the groundhogs. So far, so good.
Check out the outrageous, volunteer sunflowers! The biggest one is over 10’ and I keep thinking I should have staked it but I don’t have any stakes nearly long enough and have never had the droppings from the birdfeeder get anywhere close to this high before.
Here in New England we’ve finally harvested the first handful of ripe cherry tomatoes, from the hybrid Black Pearl we risked planting out in mid-May. There’s lots of full-sized greenies swelling up on the heirloom plants, but it’ll be a couple more weeks before we see any ripen, alas.
What’s going on in your gardens this week?