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revdorothyl ([personal profile] revdorothyl) wrote2014-08-15 03:50 pm
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Pictures of My New Garden

Some pics my sister took of our garden and SOME of our freshly picked produce today.

View of the raspberries and raised beds through the trellis (with the compost piles safely behind us):

garden 1

Slightly different view of the back yard and rear of our little house:

back yard 1

Closer view of our raised garden beds:

raised beds

Rabbit-proof (we hope!) fencing around our too-accessible garden beds:


One of our MANY heirloom tomato plants:

heirloom tomato

Next to the driveway:


More of my sister's hardy and lovely flowers:


Close-up of the Green Zebra heirloom tomato plant in the big blue raised bed:

green zebras2x

Close-up of one of our Alpine Strawberry plants (still blooming away):


Golf-ball- to tennis-ball-sized Sungella tomato harvest (today's contribution):

sungella tomatos
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[personal profile] jerusha 2014-08-16 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
It all looks wonderful!

[identity profile] 2014-08-16 01:55 am (UTC)(link)

Since I'm currently immobilized with this broken ankle (who knew that high Presbyterian pulpits could be so hazardous?), my sister's pictures are what I turn to instead of being able to go out to the garden myself. :(

[identity profile] 2014-08-16 11:38 pm (UTC)(link)
It looks even better than when we were there last month! I'm jealous of your harvest, but I don't have your gardening skills.

I got back from Yellowstone to see exactly one ripe tomato, but when I grabbed it, I discovered the local chipmunks had eaten 80 percent of it, hollowing it out from behind and inside, leaving a deceptive half-globe facing the porch.

[identity profile] 2014-08-17 03:08 am (UTC)(link)
I hate it when they do that! It's sneaky as well as destructive, and they don't even have the decency to 'clean their plate', when all's said and done. :(

[identity profile] 2014-08-17 03:22 am (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2014-08-17 04:29 am (UTC)(link)
Thank you! :)

[identity profile] 2014-10-01 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
That looks gorgeous and delicious. I hope you put all that to good use. There's nothing like an excess of veggies to help you get creative in the kitchen. :)

[identity profile] 2014-10-01 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
I've been discovering new and creative ways to sneak fresh tomatoes into most everything I make (not to mention, re-learning the fine art of skinning fresh tomatoes for canning and freezing!).

It turns out that most of the assorted heirloom tomato varieties we planted first (I got a collection of four different, unspecified heirloom plants from Hirts') were huge beefsteak-like varietals in pinkish-orange and yellow and red stripes or plain gold, etc., which are really good eating in any form (I often put a plate of thick slices on the table as a side-dish, lightly sprinkled with salt-free Mrs. Dash and some fresh-cracked pepper and sea salt).

And the cherry tomato plants I grew from an unused packet of seed from a year or two ago have gone crazy in the garden, completely burying half of the purple bush beans (though we still get a fist-full of beans to cook each week), all of the snow-peas (alas, poor snow-peas!), the tiny Italian onion sets I grew from seed (R.I.P., little onions!), and half the basil plants I grew from seed and then transplanted outdoors (but I still got more than enough basil for fresh use and to freeze pesto for the winter).

The other monster in the garden turned out to be my pineapple tomatillo plants, that were ever-so-slow to get started, but which eventually grew to mammoth proportions before setting their first fruit, leaving no sunlight for my poor multi-colored bell pepper plants and other near neighbors. Worse yet, we discovered that we don't really like pineapple tomatillos (which are tiny and soft and golden when ripe) in salsa, since we don't make or use fruity gourmet salsas, but only red and green savory salsas of the standard varieties. So, a couple of weeks ago we finally pulled out all the 5-foot-tall and densely fruited pineapple tomatillo plants by their roots, consigning them to the compost piles, rather than let them continue to hog the sun and rain and soil for no good purpose. Oh, well -- live and learn! :)

[identity profile] 2014-10-02 02:28 am (UTC)(link)
I'm a definite fan of savory/spicy salsa over sweet salsa, too. I live in Cali and everyone's always like "OMG, try this salsa!" and then it's got peaches or mangoes in it and I have to pretend I don't want to spit it out. Fruit's only okay on ham and that's just how I feel! LOL.

Have you tried salsa with roasted chipotle? Because MMMMMMM!!!

I'm jealous as Cali soil is not good for tomatoes, really (though we grow citrus easy as pie). One summer, I did get an okay yield and I made so much sauce to freeze ahead and just became a fan of tomato on the side of almost any meal. I love them stewed on the side of sausages roasted with potatoes or just broiled with a little breadcrumb on top.

I'm just a tomato lover!
Edited 2014-10-02 02:29 (UTC)