I may actually get tomato sauce this year! I don’t have enough plants to have big, all-at-once harvests, so these guys are being cored, seeded, and frozen as they come ripe a few at a time. The other plus side to this method is that by the time I have enough tomatoes for a big batch of sauce, it’ll probably be September, and (one would hope) much cooler!
Sadly, I may have to give up on the pickles. It’s taken three years, but I can no longer avoid the fact that trying to plant cucumbers as a succession crop in New England is doomed to failure. Powdery mildew will hit at roughly the same time every year, no matter what I do to prevent or stop it. If I want pickles, I really need to get my cucumbers into the ground as early as possible. It’s the only way I’ll get a good crop before the cucumbers start to look like this:
I’ll try again next year!