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Over the past few weeks we have been harvesting a few pounds of tomatoes every time we go to the garden.  As I mentioned in several previous posts I am growing 8 varieties of tomatoes this summer, two plants of each.   Here are some pictures of 2 of the 8 varieties I am growing:

Austin’s Red Pear Tomatoes

I grew this variety last summer, and the seeds that were sown were harvested from last year’s crop.

Austin's Red Pear Tomato

Austin's Red Pear Tomato

Austin's Red Pear Tomato

Hartman’s Yellow Gooseberry Tomatoes

Like the Red Pear tomatoes, this is the second year that I have grown this variety. The seeds that were sown were also harvested from last year’s crop.

Gooseberry Tomato

Gooseberry Tomato

Gooseberry Tomato

Gooseberry Tomato

Stay tuned for pictures of the other varieties that I am growing this summer…

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This year we will be gardening in a Full Plot (25′ x 30′) at Hunt Park. As some of my blog readers know, Natalie and I are getting married this summer and we are planning to grow our wedding flowers in the garden plot. We are planning to dedicate about 1/3 of the garden to this task, the other 2/3 will be for the multiple veggies that we are growing. We are also going to construct a potato box, and grow some of the peppers in a Earth Box (thank you Cindy!).

There will be a walkway that will run the length of the garden. When you first walk in, there will be 3 tomato types on the left (Nepal, Gooseberry, Brandywine) and 3 tomato types on the right (Green Zebra, Red Pear, and Velvet Red). Next to each tomato plant there will be a row of carrots.

As you walk west in the garden (toward the top of the diagram), on the left is where we will construct our potato box. In that area we will also plant the other 2 tomato types (gold rush currant tomato and sweet pea tomato). The beet area will be on the right – 2 types this year (Bulls Blood and Chioggia).

As you continue West, the next are on the left will be the lettuce, broccoli, and kale patch. As the summer goes by this may used for something else since these things don’t do to well in the summer heat. The herb patch will be on the right (cilantro, basil, rosemary, oregano). I will also place the Earth Box here which will include 2 types of pepper (Bull nose and Quadrato Giallo).

On the west end of the garden is where we are planning to plant our wedding flowers. We are growing 4 types here: Zinnias, Rudbeckia, Bells of Ireland, and Snapdragons.

Throughout the garden we will have some potted Sunflowers that will also be used for our wedding.

That is the plan for now…

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Over the past week we have been harvesting a ton of tomatoes. On Tuesday we went to the garden and harvested a bunch of the currant gold rush, red pear, and yellow gooseberry tomatoes, brought them home and put them in the food dehydrator to dry them.

Chopped currant gold rush tomatoes

Arranging the tomatoes on the food dehydrator trays


Gooseberry tomatoes arranged on the trays


Preparing the red pear tomatoes

arranging the tomatoes on the tray


turn on the dehydrator and let cook for about 12-14 hours

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Despite the temperature only being 64-degrees as I write this post on August 22, I have been harvesting lots of tomatoes lately. I harvested the first of the green zebra tomatoes on Thursday. Here are some pictures of the tomatoes:

Red Pear tomato ready for harvest

Harvested tomatoes, red pear, gooseberry, currant gold rush, and green zebras

Currant gold rush tomatoes

The first green zebra tomato

The inside of a green zebra


One farmer says to me, ”You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;” and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.”

~Henry David Thoreau

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Today was a pretty exciting day in the garden. We picked about 20 beets, 8 onions, and a few bunches of lettuce. The tomatoes are looking very good, I actually picked a couple of the Gooseberry yellow tomatoes and ate them right off the vine. The peppers are also looking very good. For the first time this summer we are going through a hot stretch, yesterday it was in the low-9o’s, today it was in the upper-80’s and very humid. We also got quite a bit of rain this weekend.

Here are the pics:

Here are some of the flowers we planted, notice the honeybee on the purple flower…

Green zebra tomatoes

Santa Fe pepper

This is an evening sunflower we discovered growing with the eggplants. It looks similar to the sunflower plant that is growing in a nearby neighbors garden.

Then we saw this…

gooseberry tomatoes

Today’s harvest…

One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use, is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.
-Wendell Berry

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