It looks like a jungle out there, we'll have a bumper crop of tomatoes this year. My veggie garden is looking so good this year I just have to brag a little. Yesterday it hit 95 degrees, so the garden is beginning to struggle with the heat here in Florida.
That means it's harvest time for us.
I am telling you the heirloom variety Brandywine that I planted will have tomatoes the size of Texas, can't wait to taste those.
I planted eight plants, all different varieties, cherry tomatoes, grape tomatoes (small and large) plus a Roma and an heirloom tomato.
Don't they look good enough to eat?
They are all producing like crazy and did I mention that I garden completely organic?
Cherry Tomatoes - looking good:)
Little grape tomatoes
Tried a new organic fertilizer this year
stank to high heaven,
but the tomatoes loved it!:)
Gardening in Florida is definitely a challenge, but I have to say this is the best my veggies and herbs have ever looked.
My veggie garden 2011
This year for the first time ever, I started planting everything early (last week of Feb and first week of March) so it would be strong and healthy by the time it got hot around here - around the end of April.
I was happy to see that my lemongrass and all my rosemary and garlic chives and even a parsley somehow survived from last year.
Somebody please tell me how to best freeze tomato sauce,
since I planted plenty of basil and parsley and garlic chives too and the lemon thyme, rosemary, lemon balm, lemon verbena and lemon grass are all doing well.
There was a stand with edible Australian plants at the annual Green Thumb Festival and the guy talked me into trying something that is a relative of cilantro - excellent flavor and loves the heat and so far, my garden too.
I managed to rescue my favorite basil of all, Blue African Basil, hopefully I will have seeds to plant in the fall.
So far I've already made two big batches of tomato sauce - one with red wine and mushrooms and the other with lots of basil and oregano.
Promised my girlfriend I'd make her a fresh batch with meatballs, her hubby's favorite dish, there should be enough ripe tomatoes for the next batch by this weekend.
More grape tomatoes
leaning down into the flowers
Some are taking over the garden furniture
draping over the chairs:)
Did you notice too that the prices for herbs skyrocketed this year? No more 99 cent deals, not even a buck ninety nine. I swear they price fixed this between the big box stores $3.79 wherever I looked - so in defiance I bought seeds for some instead.
My dill is already going to seed
I'll be sure to save a few dill seeds for myself,
the rest I'm saving for my garden friend,
who uses the seeds for pickling.
Yup, that is a pink flamingo in the background:)
I am in Florida after all:)
Roma tomato and a cherry tomato
I keep trying to find ways to stake them better
as the stalks get thicker and the branches heavier
laden with tomatoes.
Yup, we are having a bumper crop this year!
This is the heirloom tomato - called Brandywine
looking fine - don't you think?
Ripe and juicy - ready for harvesting!
All images taken today May 26, 2011
© 2011 Rose Hill
So now that I've bragged about my garden,
tell me - how does your garden grow?