This right here is a staple in our house! This is our third year making our own sauce, and we go through at least 70 quarts a year. In previous years, and once already in the spring, I have bought a couple of boxes of canning tomatoes from the farmer’s market at about $8-$10 a box.… Read More Homemade Pasta Sauce
They look awful. Just awful. The blight I mentioned before has infected most of my tomatoes to some degree, some a lot and some only a little. I have been trying to apply the Liqui-Cop to combat it, but I think the rain has not helped at all. I really hate showing bad pictures, but here goes:… Read More My Poor Tomatoes
On Tuesday night I went out to harvest more tomatoes, which you can see below. We are getting so many! I also picked some cucumbers, yellow and Lebanese squash, and a few beets to roast. The tomatoes are still coming in and are beautiful and delicious, despite the blight. We harvested roughly the same amount of tomatoes… Read More A Little Garden Cost Analysis
Harvest There is nothing like a fresh ripe tomato from the garden, and what only makes it better is beautiful variety. Below is a half bushel of tomatoes I harvested last night. I am growing Black Krim, Dr. Wyche’s Yellow, Black Cherry, Green Vernissage Cherry, Sunrise Bumblebee Cherry, as well as a Yellow Pear and Cherokee… Read More Tomatoes
Means The Transition to More Summer Plants! Last year I grew peas for the first time and we loved them, especially just eating them right in the garden. No pests and just some trellis. I knew they would be done by the end of May-middle of June, so I planned to transition those beds to… Read More The End of Spring Peas…
Previously I wrote about my efforts to be more efficient in my garden. I am learning a lot! Potatoes and other companions So, as far as efficiency in planting just potatoes, I wanted to use as much room as I could. I planted in a zig-zag pattern in the 2′ of the 4′ in the bed, as… Read More Experiments in Efficiency (part 2)
In the past, I have liked playing war games on the computer like Age of Empires, the kind were you have villagers gather resources and you get to build different types of soldiers to do battle. There are times when I have not prepared my defenses adequately and an acute sense of panic hits – the… Read More Overrun! (with Tomatoes)
I think I have mentioned before my red and poblano pepper plants have no blossoms. I did some research and I think I have arrived at some conclusions. In this article, it mentions a few things that can cause blossoms to fall from pepper plants. One is high heat. We have just gone through a… Read More A Tale of Two Pepper Plots
It has been a few days since I have gotten out to the garden, so I knew there were some tomatoes that need to be harvested. I also checked the other plants and found quite a few long beans that were ready, and some zucchini as well. It was very exciting, as all this produce… Read More Good Morning, Tomatoes!
Rain and Wind With the heat, I have appreciated the evening rains. The wind and ferocity of the rain, I do not appreciate! Saturday morning I awoke to the corn knocked down, and some stalks had knocked down my poblano pepper plants. I am not sure why my corn is not stable. Is this normal? It has… Read More Rain and Wind, Harvest, Weeding, Preserving!
A Trellis for the Grapes About a week ago it felt like March, and now it feels like August! If I had my garden in its final complete state (if I ever get that point), I would have maybe watered a bit and relaxed. Since it is not in its complete state, I worked. Saturday… Read More It as HOT, but I Still Gardened…
A Good Problem to Have, I Guess – I love to stroll through my tomatoes. I look at the developing fruit, pluck of suckers, give the tops a twist around the trellis line if they need it. I even don’t mind weeding there. But I have a growing concern that some are getting too tall,… Read More Very Tall Tomato Vines
Whew, where to begin… Ah, yes! Peas and Quiet Saturday began with an early morning harvesting more peas. Nice and cool with birds chirping and frisky squirrels chasing each other high up in the hardwoods. Earlier in the spring, when the peas started to come in and flower, they were so tall and the blossoms… Read More Busy Weekend!