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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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It’s been a busy couple of weeks over at the garden plot.  As of May 27, we have sowed or transplanted more than half of our plants for the summer.  Here are a couple of pictures of what the garden looks like so far:

I have transplanted half of the tomato plants so far with plans to transplant the remaining plants this evening.  Last week the tomato plants spent their first week outside, hardening off.  They were in for quite a shock as temps. climbed to 80-degrees

On Tuesday evening I transplanted the brandywine, nepal, velvet red, and red pear tomato plants:

We have also been very busy sowing/transplanting flower seeds.  We are going to grow 5 types of flowers in our plot to be used for our wedding coming up in July.  We are growing Zinnias (3 varieties), Sunflowers (zebulon), Bells of Ireland,  Rudbeckia (goldilocks), and Snapdragons.  Last Saturday, we purchased a tray each of snapdragons and zinnias to get a head start, here are some pics of them after they were transplanted:

We also sowed 3 varieties of Zinnia seed into 3- 4′ x 5′ plots.  Here is what the plots looked like on May 22:

…and 5 days later on May 27:

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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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