We are thrilled.
This is the fifth year we have tended a serious garden.
(In this particular post, “we” in the context of working in the garden, means “Scott.”)
Okay the first year was potatoes only, but, well, we tended it.
And it was a bumper crop of potatoes. There were potatoes almost through the entire winter of 2009, our first winter here in retirement.
Scott has pretty much always had a mission:
To grow the most beautiful, sweet, juicy tomatoes in the world. He’s been working hard at it since 2010.
So we had the green house built.
In 2011, Scott decided to plant some tomatoes outside too. Now they’ve taken up most of the garden.
They’re in with the lettuce.
With the beans and potatoes.
With the cucumbers.
And it looks like a bumper crop of tomatoes this year.
Perhaps even better than last year:
But let’s not forget the other really good stuff in this year’s garden.
We planted corn for the first time and we are excited at the prospect of corn like we used to know from those hot summers in Michigan and Nebraska where Jo’s dad would buy corn on the cob at roadside stands on the way home from work.
The sage, oregano, thyme and blackberries are once again going gangbusters.
We have guests joining us this week and next, so they’re in for a treat too. Since the heat wave continues, we’ll be happily making favorite chilled soups, such as gazpacho, cucumber and zuccini.
The pickling paraphernalia are already featured in the local supermarkets, so you can bet there will be jars of pickled green tomatoes soon.