I planted 2 Matilija Poppy plants last fall. Pretty cool looking flower, one of The Boys said it looked like a fried egg. Due to the fact that we live in a desert I am trying to plant native, drought tolerant plants. Along with the poppies, I planted 5 native Salvia's. They all seem to be taking root. The cages in the back of the picture of the poppy are 8 Western Red Bud Trees that I collected seeds for from a local community college garden. It's been 2 years, they are all now around 8-14 inches.
All tomato plants are kicking it into high gear. I am pulling in 5-10 lbs of tomatoes per day. Watermelon are weighing in at 3/4 to 1 lbs each, Green Zebra, Cherokee Purple and Rose all have big fruit. Hard to get an exact weight on the cherry tomatoes as they seldom make it in to the house. Cucumbers did not do well, except lemon cucs. Colonel Sanders emerging from the coop, looking a little surprised to see me, and checking up on each other just to be sure everything is in it's place. Hot and low humidity.
TPW has been making some killer recipes with all of the tomatoes. Heirloom Salsa, Tomato Sauce, Gazpacho, Tomato Juice, lots of BLT's. The little guy insists on Green Zebra's on his bagel in the morning,
Farmer Vern, the guy who writes the news letter that goes along with the veggie box that we sometimes get, once said "The best fertilizer is a farmer's shadow." Sounds pretty good to me.