So brace yourself! Here it is, the first ripe tomato of 2014.
Isn’t it huge! Ha! I’m not sure what happened here! This is an early girl tomato so it should be quite a bit larger than this. But hey it’s a tomato right!! July 13th is definitely not the earliest we have had our first tomato, but it’s not bad! It has a bigger brother that is following closely behind it. That one should be ready in a few days.
Again we are in that dead zone between the spring and summer crops. I was hoping to break 100 pounds this week but no such luck. This is about all we harvested for the week. But on a positive note it may be small but it was very beautiful! 2 more kohlrabi, the purple one was 3/4 of a pound. And look at all that broccoli. That’s about the biggest picking of side shoots I’ve ever had. I guess the pac man broccoli plants must have heard me cussing about the size of the main harvest and so they are trying to make up for it with side shoots. We have also been harvesting green onions for meals all week and a few herbs here and there!
We have a couple of neat new additions to the yard this week. I have been teaching some classes and the groups I taught gave me some nice thank you gifts. The first is called a moon flower, this one has a very nice little yellow blossom that blooms after sun down. Very interesting, this plant will need a few weeks to get established, once it does I will go out and get you a picture!
The second is a beautiful shade loving plant whose name I didn’t write down and has totally slipped my mind. Any body know what it is? I got all the low down on it, loves shade, likes pots, can be grown from cuttings. But the name has totally left me???? Very nice though!
Since I don’t have much of a harvest, how about I show you around the front flower beds. I have to admit we are a little proud of this bed. Mainly because all of the annual flowers in the bed were grown from seed in our garage. The only exception is the pink petunia’s which came from flat that we basically salvaged from a local nursery. The plants were in really rough shape and they sold the flat to us very cheap and Mrs. Stoney has nursed them back to health!
We found a great package of beautiful zinnias that are just doing fantastic.
The 4 o clocks are just starting to bloom.
Bachelor buttons are something new for us, the seeds were a birthday present from out daughters.
A couple of different types of marigolds.
Here’s the pots on the front entry! These are some of the nicest pots we have every grown, this area doesn’t get a ton of sun but it seems to be just the right amount.
Notice the morning glory climbing the rail on the left. This morning glory is Mrs. Stoney’s favorite, it has a gorgeous blue flower. That vine will start blooming in a few weeks!
Here’s this weeks garden totals:
Green Onions – .25 lbs
Broccoli – .75 lbs
Kohlrabi – 1.25 lbs
Tomato – .10 lbs
Total -2.35 lbs
Our annual total is now 97.75 lbs. Next week should be a big week. We need to get the beets harvested and I noticed the first zucchini is on the way.
We will be joining several blog hops this week including the Tuesday Garden Party at an Oregon Cottage, Garden Tuesday at Sidewalk Shoes, The Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead and of course the Monday Harvest Report at Daphne’s Dandelions!