…Ok, maybe I am. My garden is doing so well! It’s so exciting to eat food out of your own backyard and to know that it’s completely organic! It’s so much fun.
My only other tomato plant ended up getting wilt, however, so I ended up harvesting all the green tomatoes on it and pulling it up. Wilt is a disease that is common in tomatoes. When tomatoes are grown in containers, they have less of a chance of contracting it but my tomato plant was from a small farmer here in MD so I don’t really know what line it was. I was very sad but I enjoyed the tomatoes while I had them. I canned Green Tomato Bruschetta with this little harvest. Can’t wait to make some Green Tomato Bruschetta Toasts!
The St. Valery and Dragon Carrots were ready to harvest. I thought that I was going to swear off carrots forever. When you have a container garden you only have so much precious growing soil and carrots take 90 days to mature so they take up a lot of your time for not very much output, but there’s something exciting about pulling them up. They fool you, you can’t see what’s going on under that soil but then when you pull them up, you have these awesome, gorgeous carrots! After I pulled these guys up, I planted French Market Carrots, which only take 60 days to harvest; we’ll see how I like those. Next year I’m not going to grow the orange St. Valery carrots but I’m definitely going to to grow the Dragon Carrots. The Dragon Carrots are a gorgeous purple color on the outside but orange on the inside and have a different flavor from regular orange carrots that we are used to. Dragon carrots have a lovely peppery flavor, a deeper flavor than we’re used to…and they are a great conversation piece! Also, don’t throw the carrot tops out, they are green gold I tell ya. GOLD!
I also harvested my French Breakfast Radishes. These little guys grow so fast and they don’t take up much space. I’m going to grow them next year as they are just so easy to grow. These little guys pack a hell of a flavor punch. If you don’t like radishes, then you will more than likely not like these. These guys take the peppery flavor of radish and magnify it by about 100. I have been eating these raw with white bean dip as a snack.
My biggest gardening disappointment is probably the Kohlrabi. Everything that I read said that they were oh so easy to grow and I found them to be quite the opposite. They are very tempermental with temperature and water. If it’s too hot they don’t grow very fast; if they don’t get enough water, they don’t grow very fast; if they get too much water, they split. As you can see with this guy, in the middle you can see where we had a heat wave AND not enough water for however long (I went out of town for a few days and my plants got minimal watering). My kohlrabi also didn’t have as crunchy and juicy a flavor as the kohlrabi that I buy from the farm stand. Oh well.
My Turkish Orange Eggplant and Black Beauty Eggplants are going great! I planted them really late in the growing season and they do take a while to mature, so I almost threw the seedlings out…I’m so glad I didn’t. I won’t have a complete harvest before winter hits but I will have enough eggplants to enjoy. Look at those Turkish Orange Eggplants! Aren’t they the prettiest eggplants you’ve ever seen? Stay tuned as I made a quick recipe with them.
I think the most fun I’ve had with my gardening are all the visitors I get. Dragonflies, bees, butterflies, caterpillars, grasshoppers, ants, you name it I have it. It’s pretty neat seeing this little ecosystem in your yard. I mean, this ecosystem is every where, even if you don’t have a garden, but having a garden magnifies it so that you notice it.
I came across this hairy little guy on one of my turkish orange eggplants. I don’t kill the insects if I find them, I generally just remove the leaf and move the leaf very far away from my plants. Generally over the fence.
And I caught these lady bugs getting it on! They were shaking, you guys! SHAKING! It was so strange to see. What can I say, I guess I’m a voyeur gardener. I told them to get a room but they didn’t listen.
Last but not least, the tomatillos are growing so well. Remember when I said they are incredibly easy to grow in MD? Little did I know exactly *how* easy they were to grow. My tomatillo plant has bent the tomato cage supporting it. By the looks of things I will have enough tomatillos to feed an army. Which is alright by me! They look like little chinese lanterns on a plant. I can’t wait until they are ready to harvest!