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Jul 17, 2012

Nuclear Test Site?

or is it my garden?


Brandywines over 2 lbs in 100º heat and no water?!

Haven't watered this year, haven't even had the energy to harvest in this heat, I haven't even been checking for insects or even stepped into my shed all year to fetch any amendments for the soil.  Hubs went out there last night and was gone for almost an hour, this is what he brought back:


That's 69.5 pounds of heirloom tomatoes on my table, along with another 7 pounds of bell peppers, jalapeños, cucumbers, squash and eggplant.


all these tomatoes were grown in just three 4x8 beds... that's just 96 sq ft!


God help me today.

 I'm gonna need a bigger boat canner.

34 comments:

  1. Beautiful beautiful beautiful!!!
    Congrats on a terrific harvest.....though who the HE## wants to deal with that in this heat.
    I agree on no watering. Works. I don't know how, but it works......

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    1. Sue, I can't even believe it either!

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  2. I can only see the one pic - but your harvest looks wonderful :) Congrats. Sometimes Mother Nature likes to be left alone to do things her way... and this is obviously one of those times :)

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    1. Dani, Mother Nature is really dishing out the heat this year and it is sapped all my energy for anything - the harvest is like a cruel joke without my energy!

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  3. Looks like you could make some fresh salsa there! Nice!

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    1. Sunnybrook, I've been making salsa up until now so it's time to break out the canner arrrrgh! I think I might do stewed tomatoes and save myself a bunch of tomato squeezing work :)

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  4. I guess a disease ridden garden and the passive gardening approach is working well for you!! Nice maters!!

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    1. Robin, to think I've been stressing all these years about staking, insects, calcium, etc etc, I think I'm going to clean my shed out permanently after this season. Of course it all LOOKS like hell out there LOL...

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  5. LOL, I wish you could see how many comments I've written and deleted before posting...from "That's disgusting" to "Sure, make me feel bad for all the work I did for naught". I just showed this to Mr. Granny and he asked me "What are you doing wrong?" Pffft. I still love you, though.

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    1. Gran you just go ahead and say what you are thinking LOL because I'm probably thinking the same thing, I'm shocked too! Here's the difference though, my garden looks like cr@p this year and yours is beautiful! You tell Mr. Granny to "sit on it, Potsie"... you taught me everything I know :)

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  6. HOLY COW! That is totally amazing! Can you imagine what you'd have gotten if you tried? I've got lots of them coming, but we're way behind you up here. Those are beautiful tomatoes, Erin!

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    1. Susan, a SUNBURN is what I would have gotten this year if I cared enough to be out there! I just tallied and I've got 100 lbs of tomatoes already this year and it's only mid July... crazy. I think I better rip them out in August or I might need a padded cell for the "normal" tomato blitz in Aug & Sept!

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  7. Oh my goodness! I guess that's what happens when you ignore your garden it gets even.

    I think we may get a couple tomatoes. You should see our tomato plants this year, all scrawny and sick looking. Too much rain and then extreme heat pretty much did them in.

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    1. Sparkless, I really think too much rain and water will do tomatoes in quickly, the year we had a really rainy summer mine looked terrible, I hope you at least get a couple. Hopefully you can get some fall veggies to salvage the year!

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  8. A-MAZ-ING! Things like this make us gardeners want to give up actually working in the garden and instead spend our time sitting on the deck guzzling large, cold alcoholic drinks!

    The thing I continue to miss most about my past gardening life in Illinois (a gazillion years ago) is the many quarts of stewed tomatoes I was able to put up every year. I use a lot of them in my winter time cooking and I've never (nope, not once) been able to grow enough up here to make even one batch. So put a couple of quarts in the canner in my honor today, okay?

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    1. Mama Pea, soon I will post what my garden actually looks like and then nobody will be saying "amazing" LOL! Weeds everywhere, tomatoes fallen on the ground and insects crawling over them... La la la, don't care this year! :)

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    1. More like "I'm lazy", Dani! Did you miss the part about HUBBY out there harvesting that stuff? LOL he was mowing the lawn and probably got tired of seeing tomatoes rot on the vine due to my laziness haha!

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  10. It must be the heat! You have found a secret -- no-input gardening!

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    1. Stefaneener, one problem though is that I can't figure out how to do "no-input canning"!

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  11. I think you had the right idea. Just ignore it and look what happened. I wonder if I ignore this heat and humidity if it will go away?

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    1. Jane, you gave me the idea by those "ground tomatoes" you left unstaked last year and I ran with it LOL!

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  12. I bow down to the tomato queen.... That is just the most incredible harvest, I'm in awe...

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    1. Anke, too bad you don't live closer I would have put them all on your doorstep last night :)

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  13. What a beautiful harvest! That's just amazing. We lost our little corn patch to the raccoons a few nights ago and ripped out the rest and plan to start some fall crops in the new raised beds we're building. We have a few tomatoes, but nothing like yours. Gorgeous!
    Although, it's a bit startling to see all that with the snowy backdrop on your page, left over from winter. Kind of a crazy mixed up look there.
    I envy you the stewed tomatoes.

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    1. Trailshome, that's terrible about the raccoon capers, I'm lucky in that we don't seem to have those kinds of problems, mostly bird problems here. I had to laugh at the snow, I forgot it was there, I think of it more as a color or pattern that wasn't too busy LOL!

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  14. Awesome. (There's no other word for it - totally awesome!)
    -Jaime

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    1. Ngo Family Farm, hello! And thank you :)

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  15. That is just amazing. All those peppers and tomatoes. Do I see salsa in your future? :)

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    1. Adventures, ohmigosh I'm already drowning in salsa... we need another Cinco deMayo party!

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  16. What's funny is, I bet you have had that many toms again since you posted this!

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    1. Jody, you aren't kidding! I finally finished canning and freezing stuff last night and for the past 2 evenings when I let the dogs out I can see red blobs glinting off the sun in the garden, mocking me.... ha! Looks like I will have to battle the mosquitoes and heat again, I'm tired of it but yet I am SO THANKFUL so I feel guilty not harvesting :) Hope your family is getting some fresh harvests too!

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