Finally we're starting to get ripe tomatoes. Let's just hope we don't have an early frost. These are green zebra - brown berries - jetstar - cherokee purple - valencia - moongold - yell
So finally we're starting to get tomatoes on a regular basis.
First there was the rain and the rain and the rain.
Next came the unrelenting heat - did you know tomatoes don't produce if the temperatures are in the high 90's everyday with nights in the high 80s?
Well, they don't. They produce big green tomatoes but they don't ripen.
But now they're starting in ernest. I'm hoping the noon agricultural report of an el nina starting bringing an early frost is wrong! I figure if they're right we might get a month of production. Oh well.
Here's what we have now:
Brown Berry - a really wonderful cherry tomato with a lovely flavor
SunGold - an orange cherry - we have so many of these I'm trying to figure out how to use them all.
Moon Gold - a larger orange tomato
Valencia - a mid size orange with a meaty texture
Jet Star - a Rutger-like midsize globe
Cherokee Purple - dark, midsize
Brandywine - a large bright red
Green Zebra - we've had a few of these but the plant is struggling. These are one of my favorites for its great flavor and the way it looks in a salad.
The zucchini are struggling but the butternut squash look terrific
And the potatoes are something we'll want to be sure to do next year again - they taste wonderful and produce very well.
You might notice that the name of this blog has changed. Also that its been a long time since I last posted.
My life has changed! And not always in a good way - in fact there were many dark days. As of two and a half years ago I have become the primary caregiver for my husband who is a victim of strokes.
Its been a long process and very much an up and down one. -like rollercoaster up and down or mountain and valley!
I still teach painting and use my class blog to reach my students but I had just allowed the gardening aspect of my life to wither and very nearly die. Where was the time!
As I had been telling myself my website greatly needed an overhaul, I finally got around to looking at the pages and up popped what I'd always thought of as my Gardening blog!
They say things will fall into place at the right time - or as we say in the art world - the teacher will come when you are ready - The title of the blog was actually "The Growing Project" and what have I been doing as a caregiver but Growing!
Often -actually most often for a lot of that time - I was fighting the whole thing.
So this life is still a garden and in drawing on all kinds of inspirations I intend to provide growing advice - including sometimes just questions - to caregivers like myself
And I am very interested in your stories as you work through your caregiving.
Stories are so powerful! They're like the rain on the seeds and the dirt of your backyard garden.
When we moved into this house, it was empty ground with some trees and scrub grass. Now, my aim is to provide food for both our souls and our bodies.
As I move through this process of gardening, , I remember every day the watchword of every gardener -- "Next Year!"