Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tomatoes on the Block...

So, as most of you know, I'm not very impulsive...oh, wait, maybe I am. So last year I did my fabulous, or maybe not-so-fabulous community garden that yielded very little produce...maybe because I didn't water it very often...but it was too far away. Or maybe just 5 minutes...but it was too much. So my wonderful husband built me this planter for our porch for my birthday! So we could have some fresh things right outside our door...and maybe they would get watered. But sometimes they still don't. ;)

These are my tomatoes from my planter this year! It's funny because a lot of our neighbors planted tomatoes, and there's didn't grow at all! People said mine wouldn't grow because we only get a little morning sun, and there's are full afternoon sun. There's were little scrawny plants, with a few tomatoes. And mine. Mine grew, and grew, we cut back (which was so hard for me to do, I had to watch as branch after branch was taken to compost), and they still grew! They finally grew up so high that they fell over the railing, so we let them go. It's been fun every day to show our boys how things grow from a few inches, to so big! And then seeing the tomatoes grow from flowers to red tomatoes has been a test of their patients, many tomatoes were picked green and thrown to the animals in the forest out back...but now the tomatoes are really being harvested!

These pictures are from a few weeks ago, and now there are new tomatoes ready every day for our salad! It's been fun to hear my boys ask every morning to go and water them, and to hear them ask for a salad for lunch so we can eat our tomatoes. Another fun project with my boys! We also have other fresh herbs and aloe vera growing out there...all organically!


Heather said...

I have sooo many green tomatoes still! I just cut back a bunch of flowers (that have no hope) and branches to expose the tomatoes to the sun - coming tomorrow and Saturday I hear! I'm hopeful!

Pauline said...

Isn't it amazing how kids love eating anything they have been a part of growing. My kids used to hate broad beans - until I go them to grow some! Your tomatoes do look so lush and healthy!