Monday, August 23, 2010

tasty

Back in the spring Pat and I planted a vegetable garden. Last year Pat had tomatoes and peppers in a couple pots. They did so well that we decided to expand into what I call suburban agriculture. We've had mixed success with the raised bed so far. Carrots and radishes didn't do so well. Tomatoes have been a huge success. I've wanted to show some of our produce. The problem's been that we keep eating the tomatoes as soon as we pick them. Sometimes they don't make it into the house. The ones in the bowl below are long gone. They sure were tasty.

Our pumpkin patch has succeeded beyond anything we dreamed of. We have enough for the kids in the neighborhood. We talked to a couple parents about letting the kids pick their own punpkins. Everyone thought it was a great idea, so all I have to do is get some machetes. Think about it, kids and machetes. There's a B movie from the 50's in there somewhere (just kidding).

20 comments:

Edith Hope said...

Dear Jim, You are very brave to enter the arena of vegetable growing which I have always felt to be fraught with problems. Still, what success you have had. The tomatoes do indeed lok wonderful.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

My radishes didn't do well either this year, but you are right, the tomatoes are great. Wow, those pumpkins - the kids will love them. I never did have success with my pumpkin patch.

Eileen

EAL said...

I have not seen those big tomatoes around here yet, just the small ones.

Urban Dirt Girl said...

Your tomatoes look fabulous! I bet they were yummy!

Susan said...

Love your pumpkin patch. They look sooooo cute at that size!

Marguerite said...

I understand about photographing your vegetables. How anyone is able to take a picture before the goodies are eaten is beyond me. Those pumpkins are absolutely delightful.

Carol said...

Pumpkins! Fall is nearly here. Great harvest Jim.

Kimberly said...

Hi, Jim! Very nice produce!! The tomatoes look fantastic and the pumpkins are beautiful! I remember the first year here in S Fl...pumpkins were seemingly nowhere to be found and hardly any of the kids had ever carved a pumpkin. I was shocked! I've since found that carving pumpkins in S Florida must be done 1-2 days (at the most) before halloween or they rot and crumble before your very eyes. Alas, pumpkin and apple picking is one thing I miss about northern living...can't think of anything else right now. :)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Just look at that pumpkin crop. You will make some kids day getting to pick their own pumpkin. Wonderful idea.

Is the Wiz said...

Your pumpkin patch will become a local legend and you'll be known as Jim and Pat, the pumpkin people. Nice one!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Jim, I don't think I know anyone in this area whose garden has fared well. You are indeed fortunate. (Our crazy one tomato plant has given us only a couple of tomatoes. Well, we were gone for a couple of weeks... hopefully someone found a nice one!) ;-)

debsgarden said...

We have a small vegetable patch, and we primarily grow tomatoes as well as a few beans and other veggies. I tried carrots this year, and they were a dismal failure. I harvested four carrots out of the > 200 I planted! I'm thinking of planting them in tubs next year. Meanwhile, our tomatoes suffer the same fate as yours. Congrats on the pumpkins; you will be a popular man!

jeansgarden said...

Jim, Both your tomatoes and your pumpkins look quite tasty. I'm sure the neighborhood kids will love picking their own pumpkins. When I was a kid, we were always a little grumbly that the other kids in the neighborhood had bigger pumpkins than we did. As an adult, I came to realize that my parents were not choosing the best jack-o-lantern pumpkins, but the best pie pumpkins. Those pumpkins got carved the day before Halloween and the got turned into pie the day after! I still buy half a dozen or more pie pumpkins each fall, cook them, and freeze the puree for pumpkin pies, puddings, and soups. -Jean

Barbara said...

Your tomatoes and pumpkins look fabulous. I've had a lot of trouble with all my tomatoes this year except the ones under the eaves. Today I forced myself to photograph some before eating. It's almost like a different species from what you get in the grocery store.

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I would like to be one of the children in your neighbourhood:)...Love your pumpkin patch.

Művelt Kert said...

Wow, you have a real woodland garden! I'm at the phase of planting trees in mine.

It's a good idea to have edible things in the garden, and those tomatoes look amazing. We've had quite rainy summer, so only the resistent types had the chance to get to the table.

Eszter

Shyrlene said...

Jim - your tomatoes make my mouth water! I snarf tomato sandwiches like they are a petite filet, but so far I haven't ventured into veggie gardening. (big wuss that I am!)

leavesnbloom said...

You still have some grass I see Jim.

I'm sure those tomatoes tasted wonderful.

Pam's English Garden said...

Hello Jim, Like you I don't take many photos of my vegetables because they get eaten right away. Your tomatoes look wonderful. Pam

PhotoGirl said...

I want a pumpkin!