Saturday, September 21, 2013

Garden Porn

I hadn't been to my garden in about a week. So I was comforting myself with pictures from my last visit.

This year I was super ambitious with my garden. A neighbour of mine runs an organic seed business - Cubits Organic Living; Rare and Heirloom Seeds are her specialty.  In the interest of full disclosure she donates seeds every time we run a fundraiser for my side project - The Rail Garden.
Organic Zapotec Pleated Tomatoes
So when it came to buying my seeds I went directly to her, I have no regrets and have enjoyed her blog that has had posts relating to how to save seeds and cook produce.

I should mention that I planted them one day with Marlowe and Fenner. Marlowe insisted on helping me so I had very little clue what was where and how until fruit started to grow....and grow...and grow.

 We got three varieties of tomatoes; Organic Zapotec Tomatoes, Reisomate Heirloom Tomatoes and some cute ass Red Pear Cherry Tomato seeds for some "fresh off the vine snacking"

Red Pear Cherry Tomato seeds
Honestly, I expected very little produce, given that it was my first time out of the gate with seed vegetables - also, I had the impression that heirloom, organic produce was a little less predictable with getting ripe.

This has not been my experience at all!
 We've been harvesting Small Sugar Pumpkins to be made into Maple Glazed Pumpkin Donuts and frozen puree for fall and Christmas baking.
Rainbow Swiss Chard which only made the Swiss Chard Cavatappi even more satisfying!
 More Pumpkins!
 Ground Cherries!
 Kale! SO MUCH KALE!
 Yellow tomatoes!
 Toddlers!!!

 My garden neighbour's tomatillos that I covet.

 MOTHERFUCKING WATERMELON  YO!
There are some pretty wild flowers growing around the fence along with tomatoes that had gone to seed from varmints scattering seeds and leftovers.

Now that the City construction is all done we can go for dinner and the kids can run amok. Last night five families from all corners of the neighbourhood joined us for dinner.  Eleven children and nine adults sitting on blankets and around a table enjoying a bite to eat and a glass of wine.

It was a lovely time.  Exactly what I'd hoped would happen when we started this project TWO AND A HALF YEARS AGO.

2 comments:

Stephanie said...

Your garden is amazing - I'm deeply envious of the pumpkins, and wanna know the name of your pretty wild flowers? Deadly nightshade! I think it's gorgeous, one of my favourites. (Don't eat it, obviously. Duh.)

Lisa said...

Hi, just passing by via 'roll with it' blog and noticed the deadly nightshade too! It has berries and with your toddlers around, it would be best to get rid of that one, seeing as how they are used to off the vine snacking!