This year it seems like summer will never end. Sure we have had a couple of cool spells, but then the warm weather returns. It has been in the mid-60s (18-20ºC) during the day for the last couple of weeks. There was even a newspaper story about some stores having to put their overcoats on sale now rather than after the holidays as no one is buying them because of the unseasonal warm weather.
The plants on the terraza seemed to be confused what season it is. Recently the two lemon trees have been flowering and the fruit setting. I keep having to prune the flowering tops of the sweet basil plants. And then there are the cherry tomato plants. This year I have had trouble with them, probably because of providing too much fertilizer. Now that it is autumn they are doing much better. And they continue to flower and fruit.
Back in California there would normally have been a frost by now. Once frost hits tomato plants the leaves turn black and hang on the plant. In a couple of days the leaves fall off leaving an ugly stalk. It’s not a pretty sight.
In contrast, here in Spain I have actually been able to keep some plants over “winter” to use the following season. And usually I get a few “volunteers”—plants sprouting from the seeds of fallen tomatoes.
I have already harvested a few cherry tomatoes the past couple of weeks. By the look of things, I’ll have more to eat up to the end of the year.
Cherry tomatoes on the terraza
Photographer’s note: Auto WB, EXIF data intact.