Saturday, July 28, 2007

First harvest

Another week, another trip to the allotment garden. What luck!~ some tomatoes were ripe this time!

Heirloom variety "Black Cherry" -- nice and small, so they're the first ones ripe. Caspian pinks and paste tomatoes are getting larger and more numerous, but are still all green.

So here's a picture of my first tomatoes, paired with some fresh basil (also from my garden).

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Another weekend, another trip to the allotment garden

Just a short trip this time; did some weeding using my awesome Lee Valley loop hoe (yippee... kill weeds without bending and squatting).

Also watered.

And I'm now looking at the sky (on what Environment Canada assures me is a full-sun day) and wondering if it's going to rain.

One thing I did notice today that I hadn't felt on earlier trips: mosquitoes! Must remember to wear mosquito repellant as well as sun block.

Which one does one apply first?

Or are there any non-paba 40+ sunblocks with mosquito repellant in them?

Today's Toronto Star has an article about the increasing number of people who are growing their own veggies. For more details, see Urban Gardeners are Growing Local ... the article is by Sonia Day, a gardening writer with a couple of books under her belt, Master Gardener, and artist.

Grow green! Eat local!

Monday, July 02, 2007

I have tomatoes on my tomato plants!

It's true.

I've been watering them once a week since I planted them.

I went down to the garden today to put cages around them for support (before they get too big, or the cages wouldn't fit around them then: I'd be breaking stems off).

Just about every tomato plant has tomatoes already -- and lots more flowers, indicating tomatoes to come.
Here is a picture of some of the black cherry tomatoes,

as well as a shot of the eight plants (plus two basil).

I planted three birdhouse gourd plants today (they take a lot of space). 120 days to ripen. I should be able to harvest them around Thanksgiving, and then dry them out and drill openings in them.