With the summer garden in full swing, I am happy to report that I have indeed been able to enjoy some of the corn I grew this year. As you may recall, in years past, the marauding squirrel has managed to get every ear just as it was ready to harvest -- once even stopping to mock me as I discovered him eating my hard-earned corn. This year, perhaps because of where the corn was planted (right on the border with my neighbor's garden and buffered by the burgeoning tomato plants) or perhaps because I had my fake crows keeping constant guard (above) or perhaps because the minute I saw corn that looked even remotely ripe I picked it, I have managed to get seven ears of corn. He got four but with the final count Ann=7 Squirrel=4, that is still a win in my book.
Other than that, the star of the garden continues to be the zucchini. I have passed the 20 zucchini (many of them huge) mark from that one little seedling given to me by a neighbor gardener and passed on my abundance to a number of friends and family members. We even enjoyed some zucchini bread (recipe here) at the 4th of July potluck in the community garden and I just posted the recipe for Sicilian-style stuffed zucchini, sent to me from a friend.
The latest news comes from the tomatoes, which are just starting to ripen. So far, I've harvested four big beautiful tomatoes from the New Zealand Pink Pear and Paul Robeson varieties. The Rose has not brought me any yet but if last year is any indication, they will come a little later than the others (and be totally worth the wait). The other two tomato plants are more of a mystery -- one was a volunteer and the other a seedling from a neighbor gardener. But both have green tomatoes on them so good-bye corn (at least garden corn) and hellooo Tomatomania.