Tuesday, August 21, 2007
One of my hobbies, especially in the summer months, is vegetable gardening. Although we don't have a great deal of open yard space, I think I have made the most of what I have and pretty proud of this years results thus far. I might even try to do some winter crops this year. Southern California is one of those places that you can do a certain amount. The area I live in (a few miles from the Pacific Ocean) never gets to freezing, and seldom gets below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, 10 degrees Celsius, during daylight hours.
Besides our trees - fig, avocado, apricot, orange, lemon and loquat - I have a decent little veggie patch. This year I have bell peppers, corn, green onions, broccoli, okra, peas and 6 varieties of tomatoes (15 total tomato plants). I really like tomatoes, as you can see by how many I have planted. We eat them with every meal. This morning I made fried eggs with thick slices of "Better Boy" tomatoes and toast. We make salsa and also tomato juice. If you have only eaten tomatoes purchased from a market, I pity you! Seriously, there is no store-bought tomato that compares to one picked ripe from your garden, washed off and eaten. Once you have tried it, you know and will never look at market tomatoes quite the same.
I've been bringing in 3-7 pounds of tomatoes daily. The ones above were half of what I harvested today and all come off a single tomato plant of the variety "Beef Master". The site I linked says that they can get as large as 2 lbs! I haven't had any that big, but the one on the back right with a smaller tomato sitting atop of it weighed close to a pound. All of them are about twice the size of most regular store tomatoes. But, once again, it's not the size that counts!
posted - 12:14 PM