Friday, July 24, 2009

The Tomato Jungle


One week away from my garden and I just could not stand it any more.

So, yesterday I borrowed some garden gloves and some pruners and went after my brother in law's garden.

Because he farms about 700 acres, there just isn't much time for piddling in the home garden.

The friend who took me on the nursery tour this March gave him 20+ tomato plants -- most of them wonderful heirlooms.

But the weeds took over after a wet spring - some of them were 3-1/2 feet tall. In search of some more delicious tomatoes, I decided to get my hands dirty.

This is the pile I'd accumulated after several hours of pulling and whacking.

And this is the improvement on at least two sides of the giant plot.
I uncovered the row of cabbages and several rows of 45 vidalia onions. See the weeds in the back where I didn't finish?

But here are some of the beautiful tomatoes that I uncovered. I know that the list includes Zebras, Brandywine, Yellow Pear, Purple Cherokee, Germans and more.



We ate this one last night -- it was ripe and ready and very tasty. I'm guessing it was a Brandywine. And there are probably thousands more to come out there in the giant tomato patch!

I'm just a little stiff this morning, though -- achey legs and back and arms from all that squatting. But I might just have to get back out there today for a little more work -- there are thistles at the end of the end of the garden that I hear calling me!

Can you hear them?

What's calling you in your garden today?