Brief garden gloat, because…

I have ripe tomatoes!  At last!


I’ve been watching literally dozens of tomatoes hang greenly on the vine for at least two weeks now, refusing to ripen, but I nearly missed these two because they were so well hidden in the very centre of the foliage.  This is probably why they are so perfectly red and round and unmarked – usually the birds or the caterpillars spot them before I do.


Another stealth tomato waits to ripen… I think this one is a tigerella, but I have no idea what it’s ultimate colour will be…

The rest of my garden is growing enthusiastically.  My beans are looking a little sad, but they are producing beans in dribs and drabs, and the corn is looking alarmingly like the sort of thing that takes over your garden and is unkillable.  Given that I planted the corn almost entirely in support of my beans (Andrew doesn’t even like corn), I’m a bit concerned by this.  But a part of me can’t help being excited nonetheless at the presence of an entirely new vegetable in my garden!


My asparagus and leeks are looking healthy, and my salad greens and basil aren’t dead yet, which is more than you can say for most of my pot plants.

(And no, there is no illustration for that statement.  Did you want a photo of shrivelling-up pot plants?  No, I didn’t think so, either.)

My allegedly compact delicata pumpkin is sprawling all over the place and threatening the raspberries.  Compact, my foot.


At the other end of the garden bed, my rockmelon is slowly building up steam – I suspect a big push starting sometime next week.  At which point the raspberries will be in serious trouble…


And back in the tomato bed, I have yellow zucchini ripening, along with a surprisingly large number of long sweet chillis.  My other capsicum plant isn’t doing so well, but my parsley is producing nicely.


A proper foodie post or two will follow soon, but the last few days have been a bit hellacious, both in work and out of it, which is not conducive to writing.  We’re all fine, but living in interesting times.  I hope your week is more pleasant than mine – and that your garden is growing!

Oh and one more thing… we’re coming up to the last week of my raw food challenge, so if you wanted to play and haven’t done so yet, now is your moment!  I’ve been getting some lovely recipes through this challenge, so even if you don’t plan to contribute, I recommend giving it a look.

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4 comments for “Brief garden gloat, because…

  1. Iestyn
    January 23, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Don’t miss the chance to try corn fresh off the stalk. Unlike any corn you will have tried otherwise.

  2. Pamela Dean
    January 24, 2014 at 6:11 am

    I grew corn one year, and while it certainly took up a lot of space, each plant produced only two or three ears. So it’s not as alarming as a bean plant that size would be. I had a lot of corn recipes all ready, but we ended up just eating the cobs as they came ripe. The ones the raccoons didn’t get, anyway.


    • Catherine
      February 2, 2014 at 10:20 pm

      So lovely to see you here, Pamela! Yes, I don’t tend to get much fruit from any of my plants, but you never know your luck…

      (we don’t get raccoons, or even possums, but we do get fruit bats at times)

      • Pamela Dean
        February 3, 2014 at 8:32 am

        I’d rather have fruit bats!

        It’s true that you never know when a plant is just going to go wild. And, within certain parameters, corn does love the heat.


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