After months and months of craving homegrown tomatoes, it’s finally time to harvest. Unfortunately, I’m not the only one interested in this fruit. The black birds are robbing me of my surplus (intended for homemade marinara sauce).
And they aren’t just going after the ripe ones…
They are ruining these, too (–the tomatoes, not the adorable, perfect baby toes!). The birds take a few “bites,” realize they aren’t as tasty as the red ones, and move one to maul another one.
I might have to use some netting. But who has time? I feel like I’m doing good to keep it watered and weeded. We’ll see. I’m determined to go out there early in the morning to pick anything that is even semi-ripe. Hopefully that will help. The early bird gets the tomato.
Do you recognize this herb? It’s my all-time favorite: cilantro. Cilantro makes everything better! It’s already too hot for this culinary delight, but I have a lot of these little volunteer sprouts in the garden. I know they won’t survive in the heat, but I’m going to let them go as long as they can.
Back to tomatoes…
Have you grown the little pear tomatoes? I’ve grown the yellow pear tomatoes many times (mainly because they look good), but this is my first year to grow the red ones. Um, I’m not impressed. I think half of them split before they are completely ripe (why don’t the birds just eat these?). I’m seriously considering ripping them out and planting a row of zinnias with some leftover seeds.
Speaking of zinnias, I planted some on Sunday. They sprouted on Tuesday. That’s one of the reasons zinnias are awesome–talk about instant gratification!
Note: Once it’s warm, it’s even better to just sow the seeds directly in the ground, but I’m afraid either the chickens will ruin them or I’ll forget to keep the ground moist.
This one is still wearing its little seed cap. I can’t wait to watch it grow. Watching and waiting for something grown from seed is so much more rewarding for me when it finally blooms. Every time I grow something from seed, it makes me feel like a kid again–just waiting for each seed to poke its sleepy head from the soil and checking its daily progress–makes going out in the heat worth it. I should grow from seeds more often. It’s also cheaper.
Did I mention I have a bucket of seed packets that have never made it to the soil? Oops. (That might belong in “The Ugly Truth” category.)
At least I planted these! I also planted some basil (because the basil I bought and never planted is almost dead).
Look at how it grew in just a few days (I planted it on Sunday, too).
I’ll be cutting it for salad and pesto before I know it.
I know I’m bouncing all over the yard, but look at the hydrangeas… They will get their own post one day soon.
They’re already starting to change colors. I highly recommend Endless Summer hydrangeas.
And now, for those of you (me) who need a cute baby fix:
My bouncing baby boy! Are you growing veggies this year? How are you dealing with birds or other garden bandits? I’m open to suggestions!
Happy growing this weekend!