Another large bounty from the garden. But this time I’ve learned my lesson: don’t try and make tomato save from scratch.

Another large bounty from the garden. But this time I’ve learned my lesson: don’t try and make tomato save from scratch.

Picked a couple tomatoes today. And green beans. And poblano peppers. And…

Picked a couple tomatoes today. And green beans. And poblano peppers. And…

This isn’t my garden, but some friends of my parents. He’s producing more tomatoes with less area than I am, even by using pots. He’s also using fertilizer, but I’m not.

What’s really cool us his idea of how to support his tomato plants: he drives a series long poles a foot into the ground and ties a string between them. As the plant grows he adds a new level of string to support the plant. In this case his tomato plants have outgrown his poles.

This is a much better idea than tomato cages. I want tondo this next year.

Fourth of July Bounty

Beautiful range of colors in the garden on this gorgeous day. Featuring: grape/Roma tomatoes, bell peppers, poblano peppers, heirloom black-top tomatoes (which taste amazing), cherry tomatoes and the largest yellow tomatoes I’ve ever seen.

First-fruits: zucchini. 

The big one was hidden under the plant. It has already been sacrificed to a loaf of bread (which is in the oven).

First-fruits: zucchini.

The big one was hidden under the plant. It has already been sacrificed to a loaf of bread (which is in the oven).

Firstfruits.
Had to put the cages on the tomato plants today- they’re growing strong and even have a couple fruits already. The zucchini is taking over the garden now. Those experimental mini bell peppers have sprouted and so have the bush beans. I even have a few mystery plants that are the result of my compost- who knows what they will produce.

These mulberries aren’t from my garden. They’re from Laura’s place. 

They also make a great purple dye.

These mulberries aren’t from my garden. They’re from Laura’s place.

They also make a great purple dye.

These aren’t veggies, but have you seen my irises?

These aren’t veggies, but have you seen my irises?

Spring 2014 Garden- Round Two

This afternoon I added four varieties of tomatoes (grape, cherry, yellow and a heirloom) and three peppers (yellow and red bell and poblano). 

I haven’t had much success with bell peppers before but since they are so expensive in the store, they’re worth a try again.

Spring 2014 Garden- Round Two

This afternoon I added four varieties of tomatoes (grape, cherry, yellow and a heirloom) and three peppers (yellow and red bell and poblano).

I haven’t had much success with bell peppers before but since they are so expensive in the store, they’re worth a try again.

Spring 2014 garden planted. Featuring: lettuce, carrots, green beans, zucchini and some mini-bell peppers. The mini-peppers are an experiment from some peppers I bought at the farmers market last year from which I took the seeds and dried them. 

I also plan on getting some tomato plants later this week.

Spring 2014 garden planted. Featuring: lettuce, carrots, green beans, zucchini and some mini-bell peppers. The mini-peppers are an experiment from some peppers I bought at the farmers market last year from which I took the seeds and dried them.

I also plan on getting some tomato plants later this week.