My Tomato plants are sprouting and fruiting and right now are taller than me! I am having trouble reaching the stakes to tie them off as they are getting out of my reach! (Must be all the singing of 'Tintarella di Luna' and 'Mambo Italiano' that they get from me daily).
I have 7 different varieties of Heirloom growing, having added a few extra varieties (Tigerella, Green and Amish) to my collection, which are all doing rather well. My Siberian tomato plant unfortunately perished. (It was a very sad day). I am not sure what went wrong, but it yielded 2 small fruits which I am going to try and seed save for next season.
The plants I have growing look so green and lush and impressive. I have to hold myself back from the vegetable seedling section of the hardware store as I was becoming rather obsessive over the tomato varieties. I am out of patio space and pots!
Along with my tomato grove, I have also added Lebanese eggplant, Strawberries and Rhubarb to complete my little backyard Market Garden. Where possible I have selected Heirloom varieties, for their taste and the pure feeling of nostalgia they give me.
To see my beautiful plants looking so happy and strong has me really excited about cooking. I mean, who wouldn't want to cook with their own home grown produce?
Apple and Rhubarb pie anyone? (Stay tuned...)
I am also very pleased to report that I am growing my veggies without pesticides (my fish is enjoying the grasshopper diet) and I am fertilizing with an organic fertilizer. I can't wait to tell you how good they taste!
As you can see I am patiently waiting for the fruits of my love and labour to ripen.
Until next time...