I have a small vegetable garden in our backyard and I’ve been reluctant to post pictures of it because I’ve been somewhat neglecting it this summer! The thing about gardening is that you need to tend to your plants everyday. You gotta prune, inspect, manage bugs, fertilize and WATER your plants or else everything falls apart. Some days I remember that I need to water my plants when I’m deep in spreadsheet-land at work. I rush home to wilted plants who really don’t appreciate night time waterings. Two or three days of neglect and my tomatoes are looking a little droopy with a few extra yellow leaves hanging around. Fortunately there’s still a lot of fruit coming off the vines and things are ripening up nicely. Fall is going to be here before I know it so I’m savoring every last bit of tomato goodness while I can! Here’s what I’ve got going on…
Besides my 6 tomato plants, I’m growing strawberries. I actually started them last year and I thought I killed them but they came back! They are sweet but the texture is kinda mushy. They are also very popular with the squirrels. Hmm.
Basil! I’ve been lax on my basil dead-heading. It’s important to get rid of the budding flowers before they bloom! The basil is pretty full though. I’m going to make some pesto this week & thin it out. Mark my words.
I’ve been looking forward to eating this tomato…or maybe I’ll fry it. It’s green!
This one looks pretty awesome! It’s gonna be ready soon! It’s still gigantic in my big hand.
These ones are taking forevs…
These ones are pretty sweet! I like the shape of them. Teardrops!
My sage is looking pretty good. Too bad I’m not a huge sage fan. I’m prepared for autumnal cooking though!
I know where to get my sage when I make my husband’s favorite Chicken in Milk recipe.
Thyme!! I’m gonna turn some into thyme lemonade. I just need TIME and lemons…
This is the whole set up. It’s looking a little rugged right now. I watered it shortly after snapping this photo.
Btw- this metal container is a trough from the feed store. We converted it into a planter and it’s pretty awesome! I dream of one day having a bunch of them in our backyard. I can’t wait for that day.
Here’s my little helper! Cooper likes putting stuff in our compost bin and I think I have successfully trained him not to pull green tomatoes off the vines. I lost about 25 before he got the point. AHHH.
I can’t blame him for picking stuff. He sees me picking tomatoes & basil all the time. But I actually EAT what I pick off and he does not. Hopefully one day he’ll understand that. Perhaps next year he’ll really be helpful? I think we should grow beans. I also think it would be fun to have chickens but I’m still on the fence about that!
Now please excuse me while I eat this little cherry tomato…