There are some exciting things happening in the garden these days. Most notably, I'm being peppered with peppers.
"Aruba": This big daddy ripens from green, through yellow and orange, and finally to brown.
"Garden Salsa": This picture was taken seconds before I grabbed this pepper and turned it into the first salsa of the season. It was delicious, but I could taste that spicy business all night long after I ate it.
I also have some "Big Chile Hybrids" that are coming, but they're not quite big enough yet. I honestly cannot believe the difference between the peppers I grew from seed last year and the nursery bought peppers I'm growing this year. I'm sold on the nursery plants.
This is a "Table Queen" acorn squash. Everyday I go out and check on it; I poke it, squeeze it, and talk to it and I cannot wait to candy the dickens out of it when it's finally ripe.
One of the most exciting things about the garden this year is that I tried some new flower seeds, and I have a new favorite flower. This is a Nasturtium. Not only is the entire plant gorgeous, but the leaves are edible, as well. It can be trained as a vine or planted as a ground cover. Sold.
Another plant that is surprising me with its charm is the humble pole bean. This is called "Rattlesnake" and will bear purple streaked pods following those pretty magenta blooms.
I've got so many green tomatoes I don't know what's going to happen to me when they all get ripe at once. I'm gonna be a tomato fool. In fact, I may have to become a tomato peddler. You know the lady who shows up to church with grocery bags full of enormous,
good-for-nothing-but-bread zucchini and tomatoes? Yeah, that'll be me. Except that lady is traditionally a grandma. Whatever.
"China Teardrop": These will ripen first. This tomato plant is out of control. It's branches are spreading all over the garden and it probably has a height of 4 feet and a width of 5 feet. I've never seen anything like it.
"Moonglow": These big dudes are supposed to ripen to orange. ORANGE, okay?! The wait is killing me.
"Sweet 100": Look closely at this picture and you will see that this plant is growing right in the middle of the gravel walkway. I grew this variety last year and several tomatoes must have fallen on the ground because this spring I had about ten baby volunteer tomatoes pop up all over the garden. I've kept several, including this one in the walkway, mostly because I just want to see what happens with them. Has anyone else ever had volunteer tomatoes before? How did they do?
There is one more tomato variety incubating in the garden right now called "Italian Ice". The itty bitty tomatoes are supposed to ripen to white, but so far they're just little green blobs. I'll keep you updated on those.
Finally, a song about tomatoes. Because I like you.
(Pay no attention to the cheesy John Denver photo montage unless you're a big fan. Just close your eyes, tap your foot, maybe bob your head a little, and enjoy.)