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How the Garden Grew this Year

The garden had a slow start, I though for sure that my beans would be a bust. They actually produced fairly well. I am pretty sure that I haven’t yet found them all.

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The tomatoes (that I planted) were a late bloomer as well. I put them out in late May and they didn’t end up putting on fruit until just a couple of weeks ago. Their fruit started to ripen just a couple of days ago. I was starting to get worried, and then I realized that the plant was a yellow tomato plant!

The other tomatoes that I had this year was a couple of volunteer tomatoes from last year! The variety, Tess’s Land Race, is an amazing tiny flavorful fruit. It puts on abundant fruit throughout the growing season. I’ll probably have tomatoes for a couple more weeks! I found TLR through Amishland Seeds in Pennsylvania. I hadn’t been looking for the variety, though I am very happy to have found it!

About two years ago, I planted some grape vines and earlier this growing season I had noticed these odd growths on the vines. And I just didn’t think anything of it. Later in the summer, those odd growths started to take the shape of bunches of grapes. And they grew. The bunches of grapes are small, and the fruit itself is small, but boy, are they sweet. They are easy to grab as walking by, they are delicious. And I think for next year’s season my dear husband will help me build a trellis like we saw on our recent overseas adventure.

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The apple tree put on a good fruit set, but because of the lack of water I gave it, it dropped most of it’s fruit prior to harvest. It’s a lesson learned, and I’ve been looking into low flow (pressure) irrigation options that I can use a 5 gallon bucket to water the tree through drip emitters. My other option is one of those water tree rings. Still undecided. Probably will try the tree ring.

How did your garden grow this year? Let us know in the comments!

Oh Tomatoes!

I just got back in from checking on the garden. I wanted to check on the tomato plants, they have been flowering for almost two weeks, and I just haven’t seen anything yet. But tonight I found my first mini tomato. It is on par with the size of a TicTac. Everyone I know has sizable tomatoes on their plants already, but here’s the catch. One has a green house, one had purchased a tomato plant with little tomatoes on it, and… I started mine from seed. In March. I have plants that are three feet tall, but only just started to flower. Dang Seattle weather. A great wedding present would be sizable tomatoes when I get back. Oh how thrilled I would be!

No mini peppers yet though. Bummer. But, the green beans (bush variety) are seeming to recover from the potatoes taking over. I do have a little green bean, its so cute. I just hope he gets some brothers and sisters, and QUICK. I would like some yummy green beans for dinner.

How is your garden coming along?

Garden Photos

Here are a couple of photos from the garden last night… I wish my potatoes treated the rest of the veggies nicely! They just took over the plots… The potatoes will be getting their own plot next year.