Thursday, July 9, 2009

Garden

Well the weather has been tough on the garden. Little rain for the last month. I'm watering but just can't seem to keep up with the scorching temps during the day.

The tomatoes are doing well. Here is one of our speckled sussex chicks enjoying a tomato that was starting to rot. Tonight I had all the chicks in the garden eating bugs. I was planting late corn and stirring up lots of bugs. The chicks were very happy. The guineas were there too. I'll do a guinea post soon. I wish I had the camera with me, but didn't want to stop what I was doing to go get it. Hopefully, I can get pictures tomorrow. The chicks are getting really big.

A sunflower thinking about blooming. My sunflowers are really looking bad. You know it is dry when the sunflowers are wilting!
The corn is tassling. I sure hope I get some corn.
Overview of the garden. Still way too many weeds, but I've given up fighting them.
About 1/3 of my tomatoes ripening in the window. I have to pick them before they are ripe because if I leave them on the vine something eats the bottom of them.

I made and canned 6 jars of salsa. Only the tomatoes in it are from my garden, but it is delicious! I'm freezing all the cherry tomatoes whole to use in making sauce later.

14 comments:

Zachary and Jennifer said...

Things are beginning to dry out around here too. Every time I am in the garden, I suddenly have 4 chickens around me, looking for any new tasty finds.
Freezing the tomatoes whole for later is an interesting idea, especially if you can't keep up with the fresh ones.

Jennifer

Sue said...

I wish I could have borrowed your chickens yesterday when I moved some cardboard out in the blueberry patch-ugh-earwigs everywhere.
Lucky you with all the tomatoes! I'm hoping we'll get some before the first freeze, we're very far behind.

Barbara said...

Here in my neck of the woods we have had rain everyday the last two weeks and rain predicted for the next week also. Reminds me of my childhood when here in Florida we had an afternoon shower everyday. My tomatoes did not do well this year. Not sure why. Last year they did well and I had an over abudance of tomatoes. My cucumbers did really well this year. Your garden looks fine even with the weeds.

helenw said...

Oy! I hate to be all disease and pestilence on you, but might your tomatoes have blossom end rot? SUPER common here in GA soil. Adding lime to your soil will help. It makes the calcium more available to the plants - you'll read that calcium deficiency and uneven watering are the causes.

helenw said...

Oy! I hate to be all disease and pestilence on you, but might your tomatoes have blossom end rot? SUPER common here in GA soil. Adding lime to your soil will help. It makes the calcium more available to the plants - you'll read that calcium deficiency and uneven watering are the causes.

farm mom said...

Wow!! Tomatoes already?! I cannot even imagine!

Christy said...

Helen - it could be blossom end rot. Uneven water would describe what I've been doing. Some look like blossom end rot, but some really look like something took a bite out of them. Either way, picking them when they are almost ripe and letting them finish inside is taking care of it. I'm over run with tomatoes.

Angie - sorry. I've had tomatoes for weeks! One benefit of the heat I guess. I didn't get any brocolli or cauliflower before it got too hot. And only a handful of peas. I'll try those again in the fall.

I hate to say we don't even like tomatoes. I use them in salsa and sauce. We never eat them raw. But I always seem to have good luck with tomatoes.

CeeCee said...

I can't let my chickens in my garden. They eat things they aren't supposed to.
I sure hear you about the lack of rain!

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Shoot! Your garden looks so good, weeds? You havent seen weeds until you see mine! LOL I've been trying to clear them...no luck they just keep multiplying!

linda m said...

Your garden looks great. I have small tomatoes on my plants - still green. As usual my grape tomato plant started out fantastic and then one afternoon it just started to wilt - rubbery stems, wilted leave. However, I am still getting flowers and tomatoes so I am not complaining. We only eat raw tomatoes so I will have to look for people to give my overflow to. How do you freeze tomatoes?

Kelly said...

Yep, it is definitely dry around our parts. The weather guessers are predicting rain for us this coming week. Lets hope its not a gullywasher and its a nice even soaking rain. :) Those mators look good in the window!

Christy said...

Mom - I just put them in a ziploc and froze them. They will be mushy when I take them out but perfect for sauce.

Kelly - I do like seeing maters in the window. The plants are almost done, just a few more days I think then we'll be done.

Gayle said...

Wow! Your tomatoes make me jealous! I got such a late start this year that my garden isn't producing anything but work! lol

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

I love that photo of the bright red maters on your bright white windowsill. Such a stunning visual. And homemade salsa? Yummo!

~Lisa