Tuesday, September 11, 2007

We have had our share of summer storms this year. Some brought high winds, trees toppled over, their roots loosened by flooding and their branches battered by wind. It wasn't good on the tomatoes either.

I gathered up some of the branches and on a lark put them in water. Perrier bottles work nicely for this. Apolinaris, even better.

Several of the branches produced roots and I planted them and they grew into great tomato plants, even producing a few tomatoes.

This is one of the more recent branches. I pruned this from one of the bigger plants and put it in water. Lo and behold, even though it hasn't grown any roots, it has produced this big red tomato. I keep the cut on the bottom fresh and acutely angled. The water goes directly to the tomato I guess.

I may have one or two more posts on the tomatoes. I don't know. I am happy to have been part of growing something, being part of creation, doing something of value.

Friday, August 17, 2007

16 August 2007

We've had some pretty gusty winds here in Austin these last couple of days and some of the tomato plants have doubled over on themselves. They are so tall that I can't reach up to secure them without a ladder which I have to borrow... I guess I'll be borrowing that from you Elizabeth. Or, Marianne.

That's right tomato friends... that's another red tomato you see peeking through the mighty foliage. I didn't do "color enhance" either. It's really that pretty!

What a great tomato farmer am I!

I thought you might also enjoy a shot of these Cardinal's Caps. Around here we call them Cotton Mallow. I don't know what they really are. I pulled them up from around Town Lake several years ago because I thought they were pretty. They are still growing too!

I hope your own gardens are growing the way you want them to.



PS - If you want to see even more inspiring and amazing garden photos, head on over to Michelle's great blog and check out the pumpkin!

Saturday, August 11, 2007

At Last! 8 August 2007

This big red baby came into my kitchen today and went into my pasta sauce this evening.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

5 August 2007

I am going to pick it tomorrow!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

27 July 2007

I am not a very experienced tomato farmer, this being my very first effort. But, I had hoped to see something red by now.

I am happy that the plants themselves appear to be so healthy and strong. But I had hoped for more actual fruit, and red.

Friday, July 20, 2007

20 July 2007

One of the taller tomato plants was doubled over when I went outside this morning. I tied it up but I think it will have to be pruned.

But, the little Nasturtium is still in full bloom. Well, the one that is blooming.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

19 July 2007

In non-tomato news, this Nasturtium poked it's little orange head out today. I do hope we'll have more.

Just look how tall these babies are... way up to the sky!

This is the biggest tomato... so far. The blooms are not making into tomato buds at the rate I would like. So far there are only three actual fruit, and one of them has a big black spot on the bottom. Don't know what that's about. I am going to try a little calcium nitrate. Wish me luck.

Yet, in true tomato farmer fashion, I remain optimistic.