So, I thought I’d tell you a bit about my garden. Up until three years’ ago, I had never had a garden. It’s not been possible. But, once I moved out to the country, all things are possible. I’ve always loved homegrown tomatoes from my mother’s garden. But, I never grew them myself.
I’ve basically been experimenting for the last two years. I’ve been growing things from seed to save costs. And, I’ve discovered the wonderful tomato varieties available. There are hundreds and hundreds of different varieties.
Last year, I tried a lot of different varieties just to see what they were like. I tried some really unusual varieties. But, what it boiled down to was that I liked the really dark tomatoes. My favorites were Black Krim and Prudens Purple. They were so good last year, but I didn’t get very many in my experimentation project.
So, this year, I’ve got the following list of tomato plants.
2 Prudens Purple
2 Black Krim
2 Cherokee Purple
1 White Cherry
2 Yellow Pear
1 Arkansas Traveler
The Black Krim was the first to set fruit.
By now, they all have wee tomatoes on them.
I’ve also got some peppers growing.
4 purple bell peppers
2 sangria peppers
1 cherry pepper
My experience is that peppers like me a LOT and I get way too many. So, I tried not to start too many. The Sangria peppers were the first to set fruit. They’re small so they’re already starting to ripen.
I experimented with some potatoes last year. Because I don’t have a huge amount of space for them, I’m not sure they’re worth it. I had potatoes, yes. But, not enough to really make a huge difference. Nevertheless, I was wondering how to save the tubers without them going bad so that I would have some for this year. As it turns out, there was no need. I must have left some potato in there because I had these volunteers and it’s almost time to harvest.
I had an unusual development with the potatoes, though. When I went out to check them, the flowers had set fruit. It was certainly unexpected, so I had to investigate.
They look a lot like tomatoes. But, beware! They are NOT tomatoes. They are toxic. They are so toxic that ingesting them will make you very sick and, for children, it’s far worse. They produce viable seeds, but may not be the same as the parent plant. They look like tomatoes because tomatoes and potatoes are both a part of the nightshade family. Just don’t eat them!
I also have lots of other things growing, including flowers. Growing flowers from seed is a tricky business. They start off so small. I had to start them in February. My favorite is impatiens. But, this year, I may have changed my mind. I grew columbines from seed two years’ ago and it just finally produced flowers this year.
An amazing beauty!
I also have onions, melons, sweet potatoes, eggplant, asparagus, green beans, sweet peas, Christmas lima beans and cucumber. Oh, and basil. Lots and lots of basil. Pesto==very good stuff. Gardening is fun, but watering every day can be a chore, let me tell ya! But, I persevere in the hopes of awesome harvests.
And, as you might guess, it’s the tomatoes that I’m most looking forward to eating, all by themselves, sliced and still warm from the sun.