2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,500 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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How About Those Tomatoes?

They’re in the jars and the freezer boxes too! Despite not quite enough rain and the early summer heat in the 100’s in June and  July I was blessed with plenty to store for later. I really like the different colored tomatoes, each has it’s own wonderful flavour characteristics.

Color, color. Colour, colour!

Sampling of a day’s pickings including the Pink Brandywines which it turns out really are as big as the package picture! Quite the handful were these.

Yellow Brandywines along with these red beauties.

I kept some separate by color, but also mixed several jars with all the different colors just because………

It was a good tomato year! It made me tired and very happy many summer days to put them away for the many uses we find in our always cooking kitchen.

Happy gardener in straw hat, glad to be all done with this year’s tomato crop, don’t you just love it when you take a fuzzy glary picture like this that reminds you of how young you are inside?

But still there are plenty late tomatoes for everyday fresh eating!

Tomatoes and Corn Survive Spring Hailstorm

Pictures tell the story of how our garden survived a forty minute hailstorm with ‘only’ one inch stones and four inches of pelting rain. I woke at dawn to see what the after sunset storm had wrought. Thank God, it is manageable but, we had to replace some tomato plants and even planted a few more rows of butter beans and a few watermelon hills. It took a lot of shoveling and grading the driveway too.  Now I know why I needed all the ‘extra’ tomato plants.


Driveway Shows Fury of Storm

Brandywine Tomato Plants Pelted, Pruned, and Put Low, but Most Still Live

Luckily, Cornstalks Still Stand, Though Leaves Are Quite Shredded

Looks Like Four Inches of Precipitation to Me

Thank God, the Leaf Pasted Roof is Fine

Italian Flint Corn Askew, and Purple Hull Pea Row Pounded, while Two New Rows of the Peas with the Seed Peas Still on the Baby Pea Plants Took the Beating in Stride

French Red Scallions and Garlics Witness Deluge

Tomato Plant Bruised, Bent, and Branch Broken

Muddy Prints, Some Deep Soaking but Garden Drained Well and Didn’t Have Much Standing Water

Garden a Bit Disoriented but Still Green

Gloves at the Ready, These Were Muddy Soon

Greenhouse Holds Hope

Tomato Reinforcements

Tomato Plants, I Need You!

Tomato Plants Left Out For Planting In Pretty Good Shape Despite Being Caught Hail (They Were Kind of Protected by Corn Row)

Back to the drawing board, as they say………..