Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First harvest

My excuse for not posting for a couple of weeks? I've just started a new job.

Warning: Boring garden post. These were taken a couple of weeks ago, and I just got up the energy to download them. Bill and I grow three tomato plants in pots each year. This year we are growing Jetsetter and two heirlooms - Bull's Heart, and Tangerine. The Jetsetters are the smaller round red ones. They didn't jetset very well this year and were beaten by the Bull's Heart by several days. The Tangerine ones are a big orange (surprise!) beefsteak tomato, and hadn't ripened yet. Called Bull's Heart for obvious reasons:

Even when you get my hand in the photo it doesn't really show how big this Bull's Heart really was. I could barely hold it with one hand - big tomato, small hand.These were all either eaten or canned.

Our basil plant bolted and tried to take over the garden this year, too. Luckily it's planted in a pot That's a tomato plant behind it.The flowers do attract a lot of bees to the patio, which makes me nervous whenever I barbecue. For the bees' sakes, not mine....

5 comments:

artificialhabitat said...

Yep, those are some big tomatoes....

I don't have a new job as an excuse for not posting on my blog, I just keep not getting around to it...........

Is your new job any good?

Barry Leiba said...

Hm. It takes a brave person to tell a woman that she has "some big tomatoes" publicly.....

Anyway, yeah, there's nothing better than a home-grown tomato and some fresh basil. Add a nice zinfandel and it'd almost be enough to make one think that there is a God, if one didn't know better.

Laurie said...

Andrew - My new job is great! Next week I'll be out traipsing around in streams doing transect selections for instream flow studies, and in a couple of weeks I hopefully will be out on an electroshocking boat doing "emergency fish rescue" due to an unplanned (read unpermitted) reservoir drawdown. Should (unfortunately) be a fairly high profile event if it happens...

The rest of the job involves many many meetings and a lot of sitting at a computer - which I will be doing from home a lot! Some of the meetings are mitigated by the fact that they will be held in various towns in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Barry - but I DO have big tomatoes! :-)

I like the fresh tomatoes with basil on sourdough toast or crackers (preferably un-blessed ones) with olive oil, pitted kalamata olives, mozzarella or feta cheese, drizzled in a touch of balsamic vinegar and put under the broiler until the cheese is melted. Mmmmmmm.

artificialhabitat said...

Sounds great. Doing things in the field is the best thing about biology! I've been going under the sea to collect things (which I then freeze-dry and grind into a powder).

Well, good luck with it, it sounds like a pretty decent job.

Giggle! said...

OH. MY God.

Those 'matos look DELICIOUS!!!!

I could just about lick the screen!!! I have 'mato on EVERYTHING!!!!

Thank you so much for your comment! And I'm so sorry I haven't replied until now - as I've been without the internet for months now!!!


But I just got the net back today!!! YAY!!!!!!!

I look forward to reading more of you!

Now if you will excuse me... I'm going to go and raid the fridge for some TOMATOS!!!!


YUUUUMMMMMM stupid pregnant cravings! :-)

xx