Re-Return of the groundhog

These blasted groundhogs are making me crazy. Where the heck are they coming from? Are they like cabbage patch kids — sprouting up under a leaf somewhere? For real, how can there possibly be so many groundhogs in this world? I started a compost heap in the old cut flower bed, and two greedy groundhogs have moved in the burrow…

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A bear sighting!

Jared, Sydney, and I were driving home today after a lunch at Eileen’s, when Sydney and I thought we saw a bear in the five acres! Jared turned the van around and went to investigate. He got this beautiful picture of our bear: I spent the day getting sunburnt while power washing the front porch, steps, railings, and front sidewalk.…

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Not much to report

Today it’s supposed to thunderstorm. I wasn’t sure whether or not to spray, but I did it anyway just in case the storms miss us. The tomatoes and beans are looking very good! I picked 5 unripe tomatoes and accidentally knocked a green one off in the process. Oops. I figured they better come inside or they’d split in the…

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Hi ho cherry-oh

I was getting a backlog of cherry tomatoes, so I decided to use them up making The Pioneer Woman’s Tomato Tart. I went to Del’s today to get some of his gold cherry tomatoes for the color, he sent me home with a metric crap ton of tomatoes. I think I have at least a gallon. I also cleaned 21…

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Teeny tiny veg

Maybe it’s middle age settling in on me, but oh, how I love to watch the vegetables form! From blossom to mini-me to the awkward teen phase to fully mature fruit — I just love it! Today I picked some lima beans at the baby stage so I could make succotash, and for carried away looking at how the plants…

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Bring your tomato to lunch day

After my doctor appointment (take vitamins for the nerve issues, begin physical therapy), we left to head out the Korean Spa. I spent a few minutes in the garden checking on everything just before we left. I brace myself every day, but there was no pest damage today. I left the tomatoes to vine ripen for another few hours. I…

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RIP Better Boy

That Better Boy shriveled up and was looking even worse today, so I picked off the 5 green tomatoes it sported and pulled it up. The roots were in good shape, so the foliar disease seems to be what killed it. I had hoped to be able to save it, but I just wasn’t able to. I lost two of…

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Blackberry mystery

I keep reading that blackberries don’t produce fruit on their floricanes (second season growth) and so you should cut all that off every year because they won’t produce fruit on those canes again. But how do you explain this? I want to start more blackberry plants. Jared loves them and it’d be nice to have enough to freeze some next…

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Houston, we have a problem

Well, today is the first day I know I can’t possibly use up all the ripe tomatoes I have. Almost all of the tomatoes I picked yesterday or this weekend ripened overnight: It’s raining lightly but steadily today, so I can’t really do much in the garden. I did go ahead and stake up the two thinned tomato plants and…

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My Brandywines bring all the boys to the yard

What is with the Brandywines??? For real, little critters! What is the deal? You creep into my garden, ignore the riper cherry tomatoes Romas and Early Girls, and go straight for the Brandywine. I mean I’m glad you’re leaving the Cherokee Purples alone, but for real, what is the attraction to Brandywine? It’s like crack for critters or something. It’s…

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Cooking the harvest

Many of the tomatoes that I pulled to keep away from the groundhog have ripened, and so I decided I better cook or preserve some. Today I roasted the ripe tomatoes to make my first roasted tomato sauce — so EASY!! I also made up the syrup for the blackberry ice cream and froze several tomatoes whole to make sauce…

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