I am incredibly excited about our garden this year! It’s growing beautifully and soon we’ll have loads of tomatoes. I’ve already harvested the herbs so they won’t be pictured in this post as, well, they aren’t very pretty anymore! But the tomatoes! Ooooooh the tomatoes! Check this out!
Here’s the two I bought at the Farmers’ Market… On the left is a Black Krim tomato… a GORGEOUS fruit (I’ll show you in a minute). On the right is a Rose tomato – kind of like a grape tomato. I stuck the kids tractor in there to show the size of these plants! I’m not even sure how I’ll pick the fruit off the Rose because it’s so crammed full inside the tomato cage! The Krim is so tall & heavy we had to tie it with a string to a the nearby lilac bush! And they are both bursting with fruit.
Here’s the underside of the Black Krim!
Here’s a cluster of Rose Tomatoes… do you see how dense this plant is? Amazing!
And here’s a picture of our first ripe Black Krim fruit… Isn’t it gorgeous! The outside goes from a forest green around the top & fades to a deep red. The flavor was AMAZING!
Onward… these next two tomatoes we got from Costco, and had I been thinking straight when we planted them, I would have put them in larger cages! The ones that came with the plants were decidedly NOT tall enough. On the left is another Black Krim & on the right is a Sweet 100 Cherry Tomato. These are also bursting with fruit & I hope they make it because the vines are bending all the way to the ground over the short little cages. Live and learn.
A shot of the ripe Sweet 100… I think I’ll let the kids pick those for snack. They’ve been checking the plants for ripe tomatoes every day for weeks! They will be very excited!
And last but not least, the Bell Pepper! Got this little guy at the Farmer’s Market as well. I wish I had a picture of what he looked like in the pot. I tried to grow him in a pot like the guy said, but he just never perked up. Never even got another bloom. My husband decided one day that we were going to just try putting him in the ground in our Back to Eden garden. Since then he’s put on over 8 new blooms and has a 2″ fruit! He’s quite a bit taller as well!
At any rate, I’m excited about our wonderful garden & can’t wait for next years’ plans!
Oh, and by the way… I am eating bread that I just baked on the front porch IN MY CROCK POT! Here’s the recipe. It really does taste quite good, and is apparently fool proof. I didn’t have any eggs left so I substituted flaxmeal for the egg. Simply put 2 Tablespoons ground flaxmeal in a one cup pyrex. Add boiling water until mixture reaches 1/4 cup. Whisk until the consistency of an egg! Easy peasy.
Anyway… substituted for the egg, and accidentally heated the milk way too hot so I cooled that with a couple ice cubes! Pathetic… I’ve never made such a mess of bread. But it tastes DELICIOUS and is a nice texture. I’d probably have a hard time slicing it thin for a sandwich, but that could be my tom foolery with the egg bit too!
How’s your garden growing this year?