Last week my garden surprised me again with a lovely harvest. I was getting ready to pull out all my tomato plants but fruits began to ripen, everything was late but my little garden managed to produce. I grew most vegetables from seed indoors under my grow light (I promise to start earlier next season!) except the swiss chard, islander bell pepper, broccoli, and strawberries. In the basket we have zucchini, green zebra tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, serrano chiles, and jalapeno peppers. I planted veggies for the fall and I'm hoping for a decent harvest. We'll see, I'm very new to growing from seeds!
I can't believe how much roma tomatoes I picked and the garden is still producing. I made fresh organic tomato sauce and in another post I'll share what I did, stay tuned! If there's one thing I like about living in California (although we're in the mountains at 6,000 feet) is the warm weather sometimes until December. Weather is still unpredictable but I remember when I lived inland, all month of December was sunny and people were wondering what happened to winter.
I'm glad I ordered certified organic cherry tomato seeds from Seeds of Change. These were incredibly juicy and sweet. I gave some to my mom and sister and they loved them. I'll have to plant these again next year!
I knew nothing about how long it took for heirloom tomatoes to ripen, especially when planted from seed. From this experience, I'll be sure to sow earlier next time. This is green zebra, seeds were purchased from Renee's Garden.
First time I ever had green zebra tomatoes before and they were enjoyable. Quite interesting to see how they look from the inside, I'd grow them again.
Green zebra on a plate, I prepared fried green tomatoes! Great flavor, excellent with ranch dressing for appetizers.
I'm not sure what's happening to the marvel stripe tomatoes, another heirloom. I've been waiting for them to ripen for awhile. Anyone know how they're supposed to look when ready? My husband said they resemble little pumpkins. They're cute for the shape!
My brandywine heirloom tomatoes. I have no idea if they'll turn red at all, maybe in a brown bag. I heard they're not easy to grow and perhaps I planted the seeds late. I'd like to find out how they taste. Let me know your review if you grew these tomatoes.
I bought broccoli from the local nursery and started them late spring. They're doing pretty well, I'd definitely plant more next time.
My strawberries are still producing in the raised bed and basket planters. They ripen a little at a time but worth waiting for. Exceptionally sweet for a snack if you don't allow them to grow very big.
I haven't been making floral arrangements that much but I thought I'd put together fall flowers from my garden. Here's a tiny vase for fun. It's different that I picked Thai basil flowers and salvia for fillers but they seem to go together with the colors of my mums! What wonderful flowers are you growing for your fall garden?
Last week I posted a giveaway contest for certified organic seeds: Carrots, gourmet baby greens Lettuce, and sugar snap pea. Thanks to all who entered :) Congrats to Rosey for winning the Botanical Interests packet of veggie seeds and eco-friendly Wildflower plantable heart notes. Visit her beautiful garden blog!
2 winners were chosen for the plantable heart notes: Bangchik, check out her fascinating garden blog and Carol, a talented artist. Visit her painting room for amazing paintings of flowers.
Happy Monday fellow gardeners and have a fantastic week!