Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Garden Update I (Tomatoes)

First, I'm happy to report that there was no more tomato damage this A.M. I went out with a flashlight after dark last night and couldn't find any more worms. Oh, thank you, God!

The garden from a distance

Bush Early Girl (Oops! I think this is Thessaloniki(?), not bush early girl.)

First ripening tomato. Beefmaster is coming in first, even before Stupice and Early Girl.

Pear Tomato

These are the tomatoes on the plants that froze this spring. I had cut away every bit of foliage after they froze, and they looked like sticks poking out of the ground, except that there were tiny itty bitty suckers on them. What amazing little plants they turned out to be!

Bush Early Girl

Olive Grape


  1. Looks like quite a bounty in your future!

  2. Your tomatoes are coming along beautifully! Sure hope we get a loooong fall so you can get enough ripe ones to can!

    P.S. Love your new blog header photo!

  3. Looks great! I have never seen a pear tomato before. :) Love the new header photo!

  4. Sue- I pray you're right!
    Mama Pea- I hope so!

    I really want to be able to can tomatoes this fall. I know this is something that often isn't successful up here in the north-land, but I hope to have it happen. Thanks to Erin's posts and some good canning books, I think I'll be ready if it does happen!

    Mama Tea- I've never tried a pear tomato, so I hope they're good. They're little yellow tomatoes, about the size of cherry tomatoes.

  5. Wow those tomatoes look fantastic! Try to dry some of those Yellow Pears when they come in, they will be SO good reconstitued and thrown on pizzas or in hummus this winter! Squeeze each one first if you dry them so they will dry quickly and won't have time to get icky. You have given me hope about tomatoes when we move up there eventually!

  6. Now here I thought tomatoes up there didn't do so well! I'd say yours look just fine!


  8. Erin- Thanks for the great idea! I plan to do a lot of roasted tomatoes as well. I always take note of what you've been doing with tomatoes, too. I might have some ?'s for you when I get going here, provided they have enough time to ripen. That's the trouble up here, getting them to have time to ripen.
    With the green ones, I usually put them in between layers of newspaper in a box and check often. Eventually they do ripen, and though not as tasty as they could have been, are better than those in the grocery store, and organic too. :)

    All of your comments are so encouraging! Thanks!