Last year we planted 11 tomato plants. We supplied the whole neighborhood with tomatoes and froze a bunch. From those frozen ones, my wife made Tomato Jam this year.
This will give you some idea of what it looks like:
I made 4 boxes out of 2x12 Redwood boards and some wire cages to hold the plants up. Those wire things you get at Lowe's don't even come close to hold up these plants.
In the back left box, on the left is Cupcake Squash. Next to it is Poblano peppers and on the right is Jalapeno peppers. Left in the front is Winter Squash. Right side back (that you can't see) is Roma tomatoes and Japanese Eggplant. Front right has 3 tomato plants (you keeping track? that's 4 tomato plants). Yellow, Beefsteak, and Chocolate Sprinkles (a cherry tomato).
Then we'll move along to July 10th.
By then we were into squash, tomatoes, and peppers.
Interesting squash. Cut it in half, dig out the seeds, coat the inside with salt and let it drain. Wash out the salt and then fill it with hamburger or as we like to, sausage (of various flavors) and bake in the oven or on the BBQ. We have 2 Cupcake squash plants and we've harvested (I haven't kept count) maybe 35 and I have another half dozen to pick this morning. Yes, the neighborhood has been "squashed".
|The beginning June 19th|
|Cupcake Squash same day 7/10|
While we were gone over the weekend, our neighbors across the street (who mind the cats) picked everything ripe in the garden. Yesterday morning there was another basket full.
We've been eating tomatoes with Mozzarella cheese and Balsamic Vinaigrette for almost every meal. You can't top fresh tomatoes right from the garden.
This morning I took the shot above. That's after I trimmed a bunch off the top of the tomato plants. The cage is 2 ft x 4 ft x 6 feet tall. All that growing into the back yard is the Winter squash. Three types, Butternut, Acorn, and Buttercup. We found the key to Winter squash is when the stem is brown the squash is ready for picking. Soon, very soon.
The peppers, wife made pickled Jalapeno's and bread & butter Jalapeno's. A hit by all who were lucky enough to get a jar. The Poblano's ? She done something with them because they're gone, but I don't know what.
So that's the Out Of Control Garden. Oh yeh, what's out secret? We use the same dirt as the Pot growers upcountry use. Very good stuff although you won't find any pot here. Coincidentally the dirt has a very heavy cow shit smell.
Fishing one of these days,