Wednesday, June 19, 2013

First Tomato(es)


Not actually the first tomatoes.
The first are much bigger and in a less photograph-able location.

I usually make a huge deal out of the first green tomato that pops into the fresh spring air, marking the path to harvest.

I believe I missed the boat this year.

Not only has the first tomato reared its delicious head, but so has the second, the third, and perhaps the hundredth. Y'all, we're going to be eating good in a few months, and it's really no thanks to me.

I know you haven't seen much of it this year, but with Jonathan's excellent branch-tying and leaf-trimming skills, Mother Nature's watering accuracy, and my expert supervision, I have to admit that the 2013 Bauer Family Garden is growing great. The best part? Hands down, the lush tomato jungle. You can probably find them here:


They've reached the top of their cages and the looming branches are starting to escape. Dozens of ladybugs can be found living among the green, hopefully eating all the bad bugs they encounter. Little yellow flowers pop from every corner, making me think we'll be up to our eyeballs in maters.

Thankfully there are four little hands who have been touching every single tomato in their backyard, looking for signs of redness. I have a feeling they'll be happy to help when the time comes.

Even Owen loves to show me all the "baby matos" and the more astounding "GIANT matos." No, I don't think I will run short on harvest help this year, but if I do, you're always welcome to lend a hand!


The tomatoes will always be my pride and joy because they produce no matter what. I don't know if it's the pep talk Nathan gives at planting or the love I hold in my heart for the delectable fruit, but they typically treat me right. (I might sing a different tune when the triple-digit heat hits, though!)

However, they're not the only growing crop. The corn, masterfully planted by a two-year-old, is doing fine as far as I know (which isn't far). Most plants are taller than their planter and a few are starting to tassel. Who knows if they'll turn into ears, but they look neat. The peppers are doing what they do each year. Failing. I don't know why we can't grow peppers and this year I sure didn't care to put work into figuring it out. Our neighbor's peppers are flourishing, so maybe we can get in on that action. The strawberries are about done for the season, but the plants are still big and healthy. I bet we'll have even more yummy berries next spring.

Nathan's cucumbers look great, too. Each of the six plants is making its way up the trellis and there's even a fair amount of fruit. The second photo shows the biggest one I found while taking this pictures. That's not to say it's the biggest one, as cucumbers are good at hiding:


I can't wait to munch into that guy! Nothing compares to the taste.

So, in case you were wondering, that is how my garden grows - with lots of natural assistance and a bit of husband help. Maybe I'll be back with an update before the season's end. Maybe. How does your garden grow?

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