Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's a Jungle out there

Well, not really, but it sure seemed that way as I was in the garden picking tomatoes this afternoon.  Can you imagine, my husband, Tom, planted 54 varieties of tomato plants that he started from seeds.. What the heck was he thinking??? :-)
Tom plants his tomatoes in tall wire cages that he made.The cages are suppose to keep the plants contained. Yeah, right!!!  That so didn't happen. The plants got so big they sprawled out the sides of the cages, and up thru the tops and it makes it hard to get in between the rows to pick the ripe tomatoes. It felt like I was in a jungle while picking tomatoes.

basket of tomatoes 1 just a sampling

The wind picked up this afternoon, and it got dark and cloudy,  the temperature dropped, as we are suppose to get rain tonight. If you leave the ripe tomatoes on the vine after a heavy rain the tomatoes split open and spoil.  I picked a couple good sized baskets of cherry tomatoes, and several baskets of the big tomatoes. Tom grew tomatoes that are yellow, green, green striped, purple, pink, black, red, orange and shades in between. They are all good tasting even the different colored ones.

Tom didn't get our garden planted until the 4th of July, and so we still have lots of tomatoes that aren't anywhere near ripe yet. Thank goodness he has an irrigation sprinkler in the garden that we can turn on when the night temperatures reach freezing, and we can extend the growing season. Hopefully to harvest all the tomatoes. You can't really tell the size of the garden, or that the vines are loaded in the pictures below. These photos are only a very small portion of the garden.

tomato garden 2 tomato garden 1
Tom also planted green beans, zucchini, summer squash, broccoli, and cucumbers. We are still picking green beans and squash.
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