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Monthly Archive for August, 2013

Garden 2013 – Update #3

This has not been the best year in my garden, but it also hasn’t been the worst. Compared to last year though, it’s looking pretty good for productivity. All of the plants seem to be delayed by 3 to 4 weeks due to the cool, wet summer weather. I have fewer and smaller tomatoes, but there are quite a variety of peppers although no habaneros yet. There’s only one butternut squash on the three plants I have growing. The two basil plants are about half the size they were last summer. I’m hoping w/ the hot weather forecasted for the upcoming week that all the plants will thrive! All in all, I must say that I’m fairly happy w/ the way things look at this point… definitely an improvement over last year’s miserable summer!! In looking ahead to next year, I think that I’ll start my seeds earlier so that by the time the ground is warm enough for them to be planted they will be bigger and stronger than they were this year.

Take a look at how things are shaping up right now…

(photos taken on August 23rd)

 Speckled Roman

 Marvel Stripe

Black Krim

 Ancho, New Mexican and Jalapeno peppers

 Caribbean Red pepper

Butternut squash


 Hummingbird Haven



 Black Krim and Caribbean Red

That’s all folks!


First Tomatoes of 2013


These beauties are called Speckled Roman tomatoes (harvested on 7/29). Here’s the description of them from the pack of seeds – “Intriguing paste tomato with orange & yellow stripes! Yummy flavor, very meaty, excellent for sauce, canning and freezing.”  I found them to be slightly sweet w/ a light acidity. Pineapple tomatoes are sweeter but they take much longer to ripen. I definitely will be growing these again next year! The prettiest tomatoes I’ve ever grown!! As you can see in the last photo, the interior has a lot of meat and very little juice and seeds. I’m sure they would be great for a sauce, but I prefer just slicing my homegrowns and making a tomato salad or putting them in a sandwich!  

Lovin’ this year’s crop!