Tomatoes

The garden is shifting.  The lettuce and mustard greens are totally gone and the zucchini is taking over the garden.  The kale has been attacked by aphids Sad smile and my okra is growing at a snails pace.IMG_1712

At least the tomatoes are kicking it into high gear.IMG_1711

Giant Brandywine.

I was able to get a few dozen sun golds, a couple Black from Tulas and some Brandywines yesterday.  I also cut the final mustard greens and a giant zucchini.

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My cucumbers are slowly winding there way up with lots of flowers but still no fruit to be seen.  I need some new things to fill in the holes in my garden.  I would like more green beans but I cannot find any plants.  It seems like planting season is over or something.  Also, if I want to grown winter squash, when do I start that and how much room do they need?  I am not talking pumpkins but maybe some acorns?

Any help is appreciated!

Finally, a Gator shot.  It is a good thing he is so stinkin’ cute because he is such a little monster!

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Garden Update

I know I said I would post a garden update up a few days ago but then the DC metro area got hit by killer storms, and we lost our internet for awhile.  Thankfully we never lost power.  There are people in our area that still are without electricity and major roads still do not have working traffic lights.

So…back to the garden

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We are getting close to peak growth season – lots of green peppers and tomatoes.IMG_1679

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I am starting to collect sun gold tomatoes and I have had one Brandywine ripen but then rot.

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I just ended up cutting the bad portion out of it and eating the remainder for lunch.  It was delicious!

It is interesting to compare my heirloom organic tomato plants vs. my neighbors conventional plants.IMG_1677

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Mine on the left about 4ft tall, theirs on the right at about 6ft.  I guess those modified genes are helping them grow.

It has been super hot out so I am trying to keep myself and the plants hydrated.  I am usually dripping in sweat at 9am after working for an hour in the garden.

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It is hard work being a gardener!  Stay hydrated!IMG_1685


The Tomatoes are Coming!

First tomatoes of the season!

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Delicious sun gold cherry tomatoes picked right off the warm vine and promptly eaten after photo.  I hope to get a full garden report up tomorrow!  Until then, get out and enjoy some local produce! 

We are enjoying some local Gator around here Smile

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Tomatoes Abound!

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I was back in the garden yesterday, and Nick planted his first plant ever!  I wish I had gotten a picture of it!  Check out how much the greens have grown!  You can see how small they were in this post.

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I was even able to harvest some spicy greens for a salad!IMG_1554

Check out my first peas!

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As for today we planted okra, cucumber, and 12 tomatoes.  We could be swimming in tomatoes by the end of the summer, but I love them and I am sure my co-workers would enjoy them.IMG_1551

They are super itty-bitty now but soon we will have lovely Brandywine, Black from Tula, and Sun Gold tomatoes a plenty.IMG_1553

We really only have room for some peppers now, and I am going to plant some parsley, basil, and cilantro once we harvest the Romaine.  Once the kale comes up I will probably plant some more lettuce.  We shall see how it goes.  We have had some bolting in the spinach and mixed greens but I cut them out yesterday.  We still need some tomato cages, clippers, and Nick needs gloves.  The gardening list never ends, but it is so much fun to watch everything grow!IMG_1552

Get growing tomatoes!!!