Monday, August 24, 2009

Some of This Year's Heirloom Tomatoes

As readers of this blog know, I am primarily a flower gardener. However, the children love growing and eating vegetables, so the Children's Garden is now primarily a vegetable garden. Each year, I learn more about growing heirloom vegetables, but my yields have been limited due to the pests who like to eat our vegetables before we do. This year, we built eight foot tall screens around the raised beds and have been rewarded with our best harvest yet.

9 comments:

Queenmothermamaw said...

Good for you. So glad you got a good harvest. Our son has had good luck with heirloom veggies in the past but nothing did good in Ky. this year.
QMM

Basil Becky said...

I love the Heirloom Tomatoes....!
I do not grow many veggies, my time is spent with the herbs and flowers and our Farmers Market is to great, but I have to have tomatoes!!!

Organic baby bedding said...

I completely agree. Lettuce was my first harvest and I am amazed at how quick and easy it is to grow. It also requires so little space that I think everybody should be growing it. No more bags of mushy leaves in my fridge!

LED grow lights said...

Cool! Good blog! I'll mention it in my next blogpost and it'll turn up on my new blogroll.

inadvertent farmer said...

wow those are some great looking tomatoes...good for you guys! kim

Sue said...

What a pretty assortment of tomatoes you have there! I used to be afraid of planting heirloom tomatoes because my plants always get diseased part way through the summer, then when the first frost comes, most of them have died. I used to get yellow pear tomato plants from a local sale that I think were heirloom. I got brave and planted orange oxeheart, and Mr. Stripey. I later read on someone's blog that Mr. S. doesn't taste good. I've had one so far, and I liked it. The orange ones are very mild and yummy.

I checked out your cages. I wonder if I should try that. I've had birds eating my tomatoes this summer.

jo©o said...

You've got to laugh: those hands :-)
Very original.

I was interested to see your defence systems. We have also gone down that route, but added insect screens to the anti-bird protection.

What next?

marmee said...

we love heirloom tomatoes. so juicy and sweet/tart.
this is a great entry...i love all the hands coming to grab the next tomato. good luck.
happy autumn.

texasdeb said...

My tomato plants didn't survive the heat with no rain here in Texas this year (well - my tearing them out by the roots in frustration didn't help...). Love the photo along with the reaching hands - they'd have to be fast to outreach me if I'd been in the room. Very tasty looking tomatoes you've got there!

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