This is the midsummer cherry tomato harvest, soon to become tomato sauce. The brutal heat and drought are taking their toll on the garden. So are a recent outbreak of black beetles which look to me a lot like love bugs from memories of them many decades old now.
I'm satisfied with this season's meager planting considering the extreme heat and lack of rain they endured. This bit of the harvested tomatoes with the rest have provided a couple of gallons of sauce, along with plenty added to salads. Nothing goes better with a big, steaming plate of greasy enchiladas with extra cheese and sauce than a side of lettuce and these chilled and sliced in half. No sign the heat wave will be letting up anytime soon, if ever this summer. Hopefully rain will come soon to break the drought. No sign of that yet, either.