Thursday, August 30, 2012

Vegetable Garden Update

Everyone has those times in gardening when you wondered, "What was I thinking"?  I had that thought one year with zucchini plants.  (hasn't everyone?)  I'm sure my sister-in-law had that thought last year with the spaghetti squash. She had enough to sell roadside.  Really!! Well...this year I'm asking myself, "What was I thinking planting 24 tomato plants"?  

I have patio tomatoes.  They are larger than cherry tomatoes.  Almost egg sized...  

and patio tomatoes...

and MORE patio tomatoes!

I also have Scotia tomatoes... (thankfully they are ripening more slowly)

AND Lemon Boy tomatoes.  They are such a pretty yellow.  I had one in my sandwich today for lunch...yum!

I made a batch of tomato sauce this week to test the recipe, and it is really good.  It even passed the "hubby test".  ;)  I found the recipe on the blog "Thy Hand Hath Provided".  So I will do more as the tomatoes ripen.  I also plan on canning some plain diced tomatoes to use in Chili and in my Homemade Turkey Soup this fall and winter.  

The pumpkin patch is looking very much like a...pumpkin patch!!

Is it early for them to be turning orange?

I was so excited to see two white pumpkins today.  I don't want to wish my summer away, but I am really looking forward to doing some fall decorating.   This pretty thing will definitely be a part of it!

Hubby dug a few potatoes to bring home.  

This week I harvested our onion crop.  The tops had all fallen over and I've read that is when they are ready to harvest. 

My sister, Lisa, was with me and helped me braid them all for drying in the shed.  This is just a few of the braids.  

Today I brought home more zucchini and patio tomatoes,  (What was I thinking?) a few potatoes, larger tomatoes and the potential for some great cucumber sandwiches!!! ;)  P.S.  The shed smells wonderful.  :)

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  1. That's a LOT of tomatoes! What were you thinking? lol They look great though and I'm sure you'll find a use for them or even give them away. I have a patio tomato on my deck and the pot is way too small so the plant dries out really fast. It's loaded with tiny green tomatoes but they aren't ripening. It was an experiment this year. Next year I'll use a much bigger pot! :)

  2. Wow, you have a real bounty there! wish I loved nearby. :0 xo

  3. What a beautiful crop! I love your onion braids!

  4. Beautiful. I'm just about to pull my tomatoes out! I think I made over 30 jars of salsa this summer!


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