Posts Tagged ‘tomatoes’


Welcome to the Jungle

June 27, 2010

I know that I’ve been complaining about all the rain we’ve been having the last month and a half.  It has rained almost everyday for that long.  Usually it’s been a storm.  Lots of thunder and lightning.  It’s brought a lot of mushrooms in the yard.  It’s also made my vegetable garden a jungle.  My aqua cones seem like an after thought.  I’ve been weeding it as best that I can. 

That picture is of my zucchini.  I’ve got a few veggies growing on the vines and tons of zucchini flowers.  I’m looking forward to my neighbor coming into my yard to take the male flowers to fry.  Sometimes I think I grow the zucchini as much for those fried flowers as the squash itself. 

Here is one of my tomato plants.  I love those ladders that I bought this year.  In the past I would use some rebar and fasten the plant to the bar.  I don’t have to fasten anything to these ladders, plus they are sturdy and tall.  I’m planning on getting a few more next spring once we expand the garden.

Here are some Romas.  I love the flavor of the Roma tomato.  A beefsteak is a great tomato, too, but nothing comes close to the Roma.

These little babies are cherry tomatoes.  I have about 50 getting ready to turn red.  Meeshie will just stand at the garden and eat them like grapes right off the vine.  She and my husband love cherry tomatoes.  I have to say that they are my least favorite tomato.  I think it’s the pop in my mouth that puts me off.

Here is my celery.  A few weeks ago it looked like something was eating it.  What could be bothering my celery?  I have fencing around it, afterall.  Well a baby rabbit had gotten into the garden by boroughing under some of the fencing.  I was ready to ring the rabbit’s neck, but Meeshie saw it and wanted to keep it as a pet.  That is never going to happen here.  It goes without saying that I’m not a fan of the rabbits.  They are everywhere here and they eat everything in sight.

Here’s my cucumbers.  This plant has tons of flowers on it.  I planted cucumbers a few years ago and never got a single one.  I’m pretty hopeful this year.

Here’s just one of the peppers that I’ve planted.  These are a sweet banana pepper.  I’ve also planted jalapeno.  On the side of the garage is some cilantro, basil and oregano.  Can’t wait to make some  fresh salsa!

I started composting this spring.  One of my girlfriends suggested that I keep coffee grounds and egg shells to help with my rose bushes.  Unfortunately, the rose bushes didn’t come back and I had to replace them. 

I started keeping the waste in a coffee can, but the smell was horrible.  I bought this compost pail and have been putting some vegetable scraps in there too.  When we started the garden in May, I dumped the contents in there along with some top soil.

I just emptied the pail again over the weekend and Meeshie and my husband have been complaining about the smell.  I sprinkled the compost around my herbs and underneath my Japanese maple.  I told them to put their big boy pants on.  Stop being such Sally’s and be quiet.

That’s where I have those beautiful wind flowers.  A little smell for a few days is worth all this bounty, don’t you think?


Tomato Bacon Dip

June 24, 2010

Once again, we had thunderstorms roll in yesterday.  The creek down the road has overflowed, again.  It seems like we’ve been a perpetual state of flood watch.  There was a hint of tornado talk yesterday evening too.  I love a good storm but I’m getting tired of the rain.  My husband said he feels like we live in Florida, I’m thinking Seattle. 

Since the rain is making me melancholy I want to share this recipe with you.

I made an amazing dip over the weekend. 

I found it on Tasty Kitchen and it was submitted by a friend I made on this blog.  She is a sweet lady that lives over the border in Wisconsin.  

I love a good dip.  When I saw this one I was immediately interested.  My husband loves BLT dip and I thought he might like this.  I liked that you didn’t need to cook a pound of bacon and mix it with a cup of mayo.  Let’s face it, BLT dip is not the most figure flattering dip going.  That’s probably why my husband likes it so much.  He likes BLT dip so much that when I told him I planned to make this dip he wasn’t exactly excited.  Until he tried it.  This dip has a lot of flavor and is very simple to make.  My only complaint about the dip is that I didn’t double it. 

As clarification, I do not have garlic salt, so I used granulated garlic instead.  Also, I peeled two Roma tomatoes but did not seed them.  Since I always serve BLT dip with toast, I served this dip with whole wheat crackers.

Tomato Bacon Dip

  • 8 Ounces Softened Cream Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayo
  • Garlic Salt, to taste
  • 1 Tomato – Peeled, Seeded, And Chopped
  • 6-8 Slices Of Bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • With a hand mixer, blend cream cheese, mayo and garlic salt.

    Continue mixing in tomatoes with the mixer to blend completely.

    When ready to serve, stir in the bacon.

    Serve with rye chips, Wheat Thins, bread pieces, or any cracker that would hold dip well. Fresh veggies also work well with this dip.



    I Know Where a Garden Grows

    May 27, 2010

    I planted my vegetable garden last weekend. This is the earliest I’ve done it in a long while. I planted it one year on Mother’s day weekend and then a frost came and I had to replant. This year I’m not only optimistic but prepared if a frost should come. And it probably will. Memorial Day weekend is usually when I plant, but I’m more anxious this year, I guess.

    I planted my stand by of tomatoes, jalapeños, banana peppers, green peppers and zucchini. I added cucumbers, garlic, and celery this year. Yes celery. My neighbor gave me some celery which I have never seen at the nursery to plant before. I still need to get basil and oregano but I have planted cilantro.

    Last year I planted the herbs in an area near the house and they did very well. This year I’m not sure how well they will work out. The rabbits are so brutal and they just eat whatever strikes their fancy. Which means I never know what they will eat from year to year or week to week.

    I’ll be adding my irrigation system to the garden one day this week. It helps me keep down the weeds if I put down enough cones.

    I also bought tomato ladders this year. If they work out, I’ll be getting a few more next year when we expand the garden.

    Now I just need to be patient.  That’s the hardest part of gardening.  That at weeding.

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