This is the biggest tomato we've had so far. I sliced it thickly with a couple-few Brandywines and slow roasted them with wafer thin slices of spicy rojo garlic. So far we've had them as a side dish over rice and used the leftover tomato water to make tabouli as well as Pearl's quick-scratch biscuits from my childhood. Tonight I'm soaking cannelini beans and will cook with the rest of the tomato water then briefly bake with the rest of the roasted tomatoes and some fresh summer savory. Also made tomato sauce with the plum tomatoes and a large Brandywine that wouldn't fit in the roasting tray. Jays and catbirds are getting more than their fair share of the fruit. Also so much rain basically stopped flower production two and a half weeks ago. Maybe I didn't grow too many plants after all ...
. Does anyone know what variety is pictured above. I thought just based on knowing the name and what these fruits are beginning to look like that they were Green Zebras. Then I learned they are quite small fruits and this is very large. Looking on the internet has not been helpful in the scattered moments I've found time to search and more or less concentrate.
It's been really challenging to get everything done in the windows between storms particularly since they jack up both my ongoing pain level and neurological mis-firing experiences. Am largely unsuccessful at the 'everything' level but J's helped me stay true to the most necessary parts of my gardening schedule with a variance of just a few days. That to me feels like a solid win in these particular times. Next must-do task is hilling up the leeks. I usually pull them when they're young like this but was called to change that about a month ago. Not sure why. Maybe I just want to see what a larger but entirely fresh leek I grew from seed will taste like. My plan is to pull them all at once then chop and lightly sautee. Divide results into very small freezer storage containers and fill extra space withvegetable stock. I use three of these for potato leek soup and one for other soups and casseroles.
The flowering goldenrod has enticed a host of pollinators to stick around for more bean flowers. In the background you can see the morning glories beginning to climb. Some of the Japanese varieties are growing like shrubs close to the ground. Thought maybe it was something 'wrong' and then recalled they've done this before the year of SL2 up on the orchard hilltop. When I walk around and evaluate the way the garden's evolving I'm quite psyched to consider next year will be easier in terms of planning and harvesting successful food crops. Provided there's sufficient water of course. But in more general terms everything can be put in the ground when it needs to go in without fear of losing crops due to interlopers. That's how I arrived at the wild medicinal/tea herb garden model in the first place. It's simply impossible to seriously contemplate self-feeding around here without a tall reliable fence.
While I was out walking around I collected four components for this afternoon's restorative tea blend. Prunella and Anise Hyssop flowers from the field and a Dill leaf and Tulsi flower bud head from the potted ones on the deck.
Does anyone happen to recognize this shrub fruit? This is only the second time since we've lived there when this micro thicket of branches has set fruit. Have always thought it was some type of Alder given where it lives just beyond the stream bank. leaves pictured below.
The stream bed itself has been revived by the storm's precipitation and the super blast of negative ions released from thunder, lightning, and metaphysical super beings pounding their way across the sky. It was, as we used to say, epic to the extreme. In between storms the local coyote clan ran absolutely berserk throwing their voices here, there, and everywhere. And the usual parliament of Barred Owls seemed twice as large. The upside of messed-up biorhythms is that I'm fully conscious in the hours when these goings-on occur. Some of it's a little spooky and seemingly out of bounds for human consideration. Other parts are exhilarating and I feel grateful to have these kind of experiences as part of my ongoing awareness mainframe.