The first tomato of 2014!!!

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!


  1. Daphne July 14, 2014 5:31 am Reply

    It is a coleus. I grew them once many years ago. It has been a long time though since I’ve had one.

    Nice side shoots with the broccoli. I hope mine pick up soon. I’m almost out of broccoli in the fridge.

    • Mr. Stoney July 14, 2014 8:44 am Reply

      Yes, that’s it, Coleus! Thanks Daphne!

  2. Rachel @ Grow a Good Life July 14, 2014 5:34 am Reply

    Congratulations on your first tomato. I don’t hold out great hopes for the first tomato. It usually forms when the plant is focusing its energy on growth. However, it does represent the transition from spring to summer garden crops. Soon you will be drowning in tomatoes 🙂 Please also consider joining in to Green Thumb Thursday. It is growing every week and we would love to have you.

    • Mr. Stoney July 14, 2014 8:45 am Reply

      Drowning in tomatoes is always a good thing!! I will be back at Green Thumb Thursday, I’ve just been so busy the last few weeks I haven’t had the time to do a Thursday post!!

  3. Brittany July 14, 2014 7:42 am Reply

    Like Daphne said, that pretty pot is Coleus! I grew a bunch from seed this year for our shady areas. Such a fun way to add some interesting color to the shade gardens.

    You should be proud of your flower beds they are gorgeous! Great job. It’s amazing this is your first summer with those beds because they already look so established.

    I love the zinnias! Congrats on the first tomato!

    • Mr. Stoney July 14, 2014 8:46 am Reply

      Thanks Brittany we are proud, though it is mostly Mrs. Stoney’s doing!!

  4. Debbie July 14, 2014 9:02 am Reply

    I love your pictures! I have not ever thought of weighing my veggies as I bring them in. Great idea! I am copying this one. Have a good day.

  5. Margaret July 14, 2014 9:42 am Reply

    Well – I would love some broccoli and a tomato, no matter how small. I still have at least a week or so of a wait for the toms, I think. The flowers look lovely. I only grew marigolds & nasturtiums this year but am loving them so much that I will definitely be expanding my flower seed starting by one or two varieties next year.

  6. Julie July 14, 2014 11:28 am Reply

    Hooray for the first tomato!! Your flower bed looks amazing. I really need to work on our front flower bed, but I got completely overwhelmed with how large and empty it is.

  7. Mindy July 15, 2014 4:37 pm Reply

    Ooooh, how exciting! I would say in this case, size definitely doesn’t matter. 🙂 I will be out with my camera when I get my first one, as well. Even if it’s a cherry.
    I’ve never grown kohlrabi, how exciting is that?! What sort of recipes do you use yours in? I’ve only bought it once and I roasted it. Deeeelicious!

    • Mr. Stoney July 15, 2014 10:04 pm Reply

      Mindy, we are fairly new to kohlrabi as well. So far we have added it to stir fries, eaten it raw and steamed it with other veggies. We have grown it for a few years but with only limited success so this is really the first time we have had a significant amount to use!

  8. Nancy Davis July 15, 2014 8:03 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your first tomato! All I have been getting so far are sungolds and cherry tomatoes. Your flowers are very pretty. Love Bachelor buttons but none of mine seem to have reseeded this year! Sigh! Nancy

    • Mr. Stoney July 15, 2014 10:05 pm Reply

      I’m glad you said something, I didn’t even know they would reseed themselves. We will have to look for them again in the same spot next year!

  9. pam (Sidewalk Shoes) July 16, 2014 2:19 pm Reply

    I have a really good kohlrabi slaw recipe, I’ll see if I can find it. Love all your flowers, I especially like the old fashioned ones, like four o’clocks.

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