Posted By Jonathan on July 10, 2014
It’s been a while since we’ve done a proper garden update. As you can imagine, all things green have boomed with early summer rains, weeds included! Lots of time has been spent pulling unwanted plants, putting in new crops as spots open up, adding new beds for flowers and veggies, and enjoying our hard work.
Above is our original veggie plot, but if you can see the back and side have been expanded and planted with tomatoes and corn! Here’s a look at some of the wonderful heirloom tomatoes we’re growing this year.
The Rosso Sicilian Tomatoes are a fabulous large, paste like tomato. Actually, it’s pretty good for stuffing, too! We currently have seed for it in store and will continue to have it for years to come along with all the tomato varieties we’re growing this year.
These next two we’re not entirely certain what they are. Yes, we labeled where we planted each variety in general. No, we don’t know the exact spot for similar looking kinds. We’ll be able to tell more once the tomatoes ripen. These are either Gypsy or Wisconsin 55, leaning more to the prior.
Yellow Perfection is a beautiful yellow pear shaped tomato. It’s about the same size as Roma Paste, but with an obvious difference in color and taste.
Sweet Baby is a cherry type tomato. Very vigorous in fruiting and growth, but absolutely deliciously sweet as the name implies.
Marvel Striped is a funny one. It’s a large, orange/yellow tomato that has deep creases. Very funky and fun to grow in the garden. Plus, it reminds us a bit of our favorite comics with a name like ‘Marvel.’
We’re growing two varieties of paste tomatoes this year. We’re looking to do more sauces and ketchup with them. They’ll be good eating, too!
From tomatoes let’s skip to our corn. We’re growing a sweet corn called ‘Tri-color Sweet Corn.’ It’s an interesting variety, because it gets blue and yellow multi-colored kernels. We grew this kind our second year and decided to go back to this delicious heirloom. It was a great choice, too, since the crop is looking to be the best we’ve had yet! Below are pictures of the ears and silks. As you can see, they’re two different colors! The yellowish ones are the newly emerged silks. As the ear gets pollinated and begins to mature the silks turn a beautiful purple color.
Last year we grew cucurbit family plants but this year it’s our bean arbor! We have Scarlet Runner Beans growing up it.
One of our prized plots is this onion plot. It holds 19 varieties of heirloom onions that we will be trying to get to seed in a couple years. The beautiful thing about it is that we’ve finally found out how to grow nice big onions. Lots of water, lots of sun, and a weeded plot are ideal for ultimate health of the plants.
The rest of the post will be photos without our added banter. Enjoy the garden eye candy and get inspired!
What’s growing in your garden?