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!
Just a quick update on the garden after the hailstorm the tomato plants mostly survived and recovered, we’ve been busy as bees, so no time for more.
You can see I’ve got lots of weeding to do around the edges despite the no-till tomatoes in the boxes. My dear husband helps with his trusty old bulky tiller between the peas, corn, and bean rows (don’t know how he thinks that jarring machine is fun to run, LOL!) I leave you with the pretty glads and wish you happy gardening and garden dreaming too. 😀
P.S. One more update on the hail pelted cornrow.
Italian Flint Corn Earring After the Hailstorm, Amazingly the Stalks All Stood Up and Began Forming Them Immediately After the Storm
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………..
Good Thing, Painted Rusty Rooster, Now He’s a Happy Zinnia Basket with a Red Comb & Wattle with Green Tail Feathers,and I Could Not Resist Making His Feet Orange
Good things from Gardening. Gardening this year has been such a good thing full of healthy things like garlic, onions, scallions, sugar snap peas, broccoli, collards, mustard greens, and many varieties of tomatoes. Fresh air, sunshine, and moving the body about in bending, pulling, tugging, pushing, and leveraging and digging with hand tools into the soil have been healthy things and surely the whole process of gardening has been a good thing. It has also been a good thing for my mind, heart, soul, and faith in God to see things spring from tiny seeds, bulbs, and to sprout from the dirt full of healthy things to nourish and strengthen in all ways. I highly recommend growing these good things for all their benefits of being grounded, pun intended, to the creation given to us by our benevolent Provider, not mother earth, but Father God, Jesus Christ who was there “In the beginning”, who spoke the world into being, and who Is the Word.
No, you don’t have to be a Christian to be a gardener, but it surely illustrates to this Christian the wonder and hope of life and that is a good thing and a healthy thing.
Last couple of weeks I’ve been waiting to get the all clear for frost free planting into their tomato boxes. I am 95 % sure it is safe now. So I think these little tomato plants need some breathing and growing room and here they are getting ready to go into the wider world. I’m surely no garden expert, but really there is nothing to do now but plant and tend and hope and pray and wait for the tomatoes. 😀
"Elbow room!" said Daniel Boone. These tomatoes are crowded! And the peppers are coming on too.