I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Tomato Contest

I have to enter Dr. Charles tomato contest as the worst tomatoes ever. These are so pathetic, meager and shriveled, you can barely call them tomatoes. First picture shows my volunteer plants, cherry tomatoes barely as big as your thumb nail. The 10 tomatoes plants we planted dried up yielding about 3 tomatoes before their demise.

Next we have the plum tomato, barely reminiscent of the plum tomatoes we grew in Indiana. Of course there we had real dirt and real rain. Here we build raised beds and bring in "garden mix" soil. We add worm compost, mulch and whatever with really poor results.

Here is one of my two tomatillos. I admit I have had better luck with these in past years. I usually have good luck with peppers and onions, so I can whip up a batch of salsa. Of course by the time the tomatillos are ready, I'm buying cilantro at the grocery store. Looking at the pictures of the glorious tomatoes grown by other bloggers, I am envious.
Here are my two early morning companions in the garden, my Canaan dogs, Tova and Simcha. They check the perimeter of the yard every morning to make sure nothing has invaded "their" territory. I'm always embarrassed when they bark at dogs being walked by their owners past our house at 5:30 AM. I know the neighbors must hate it.


Blogger Motherkitty said...

Well, I thought my tomatoes looked terrible. Now I know why Uncle Morry used that netting over his tomato plants -- to shield them from the sun and to retain moisture in your dry climate. You ought to try it.

August 07, 2006 9:14 AM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

I'm surprised Tova and Simi weren't looking at you when you took their picture. They sure look healthy.

August 07, 2006 9:15 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Mother Nature certainly wasn't very kind to your tomato plants this year:-( We've been lucky over here because even though we had some very hot days and high humidity, we've also gotten rain here and there so the garden plants are thriving.

August 07, 2006 9:32 AM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Thanks for visiting and leaving a link for good tomato seeds.

No wonder you want Motherkitty to send you some of her tomatoes...the desert is just not a good place to grow tomatoes...And they probably taste different too.

We may be getting some rain soon. It is thundering outside and the wind is beginning to blow a bit hard. I need someone to help me with this rain dance...please join in so if you have time. (smile)
I think it's another false rain yet.

I love big dogs and your's are beautiful.

August 07, 2006 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Pam said...

What beautiful dogs! The desert must be a challenge indeed - it makes me want to send you some of my soil. Best of luck!

August 07, 2006 4:37 PM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Oh, your tomatoes are at least alive. Mine are dead. I have to drop out of the contest, because they're dead and frizzled. Like my hair.

And I love your dogs, they have gorgeous faces. Tova and Simcha, they look like their names!

Thanks for visiting my blog.

August 07, 2006 9:17 PM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

I think three tomatoes are all we got on our tomato plant, and we live in Michigan. So I can't blame the lack of moisture.

BTW, Hubbard Lake is in northeast lower Michigan, about 100 miles southeast from the straits of Mackinac.

August 11, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

When I had dogs, I always taught them what to bark at and what not to. I put some effort into it and it was worth it. I ended up having to use a water hose a few times on one of them.

August 11, 2006 4:18 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Sorry about your tomatoes. I can't imagine what the problem is. I always thought they did great in hot climates.
I didn't grow any tomatoes this year, in fact I only put in green beans, and I had the first picking for supper tonight. Nothing like fresh picked veggies!
Do your dogs ever find snakes when they are patroling yout property?

August 11, 2006 9:12 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Just want to let you know that I left a comment for you on my blog and also posted a new picture of an Orchid and Christmas Cactus together so you can see the difference.
Thanks for your interest.

August 13, 2006 7:07 PM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home