Archive | August, 2012

And Now… the Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For…

25 Aug

It’s August and tomatoes are in. Recently we’ve been having to use buckets to get them all into the house. We’ve smashed our annual target with our bountiful crop. While we realize that tomatoes are a mainstream backyard veggie (okay, fruit), who can say no to a big luscious Brandywine?Image

A weeks worth of tomatoes takes up our kitchen counter

This year we planted three different varieties of tomatoes- all of them heirloom: Moneymaker, Pineapple, and Brandywine.

The moneymaker has the basic tomato appearance- round, red, and sizes ranging from golf ball to tennis ball. It has a great flavor and is very prolific.Image

The Brandywine is our favorite. Its knarled shape may be a bit off-putting, but its amazing flavor makes up for any aestetic irregularities and puts it on top of our list.Image

Pineapple is a newbie to our garden. Its friut are yellow and blush to pink around the edges and on the bottom. It has a sweet flavor and looks great on pizza and in salads.Image

Here is a pizza that I made with tomatoes from the garden. Most of it got eaten before I managed to snap a pic.

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A daily harvest from the garden

Where Have We Bean?

16 Aug

The Tomato Boys are back from vacation and the garden is better than ever! Thank you neighbors for taking care of the garden while we were away- we couldn’t have a season without you! While we were away, the beans skyrocketed. We were immediately able to fill our newly constructed garden bench with beans upon arriving.

We highly recommend our veriety of beans to any gardening newbies or any old hands who want a big crop with little effort. The variety of beans that we use is call Blue Lake Pole. They’re super easy to sprout and you’ll reap a huge harvest. 10 plants are plenty for a four person household- we planted 25 and they’re coming out of our ears!

Our bean arbor turned out really well. We tied the bamboo poles together at the top so that the beans formed a green wall on three sides. This made for easy picking and created a shady walk. It’s a little lopsided, but we aren’t asking for perfection.

Mid-June

Mid-August

Full Garden Mid-June

Full Garden Mid-August