Friday, July 13, 2012

Vegetables Flourish while Roses Struggle

This week I began getting and eating vegetables from the garden! I have had some cherry tomatoes every day this week. Today I went around and took some pictures.

First we have the Roma Tomatoes. Girlfriend likes them because she red they were really good for sauce, paste, and here older and wiser neighbor likes them. I think she is right! The are growing good and they taste great! You can see they are smaller and are shaped more like an egg. The smaller they are the easier it it is for me to grab and stick in my mouth. The make me think of Cowboy's QB Tony Romo.
Roma Tomatoes

We have many green peppers! Yesterday I found out why it was a good idea to place the peppers in tomato cages last year for support. I always just did it to keep out Emma Dog, but I should have continued the practice as one of the pepper plants had so many big peppers it fell over and nearly came out of the ground. I took the peppers off and gave them to my mother and asked her to cut them up. I like to just eat them with some salt sometimes. She gave them back to me in a bag and I ate them like chips during the MLB All-star game! What an awful game, but the birds were well represented. Go O's! Good to see more than 1 Oriole.
Green Bell Peppers
Next we have the better boy. Which is better than big boy. My father always grew big boy tomatoes. Mom always insists that I get them, but this year I got the better boys. I think dad would do the same. The name just sounds better and why buy big boys if these are better? They are better and not just because they no longer remind me of the old restaurant or my brother in law calling me big boy, they really do look like they are growing and producing a lot more fruit than the previous years big boy. They appear to be stronger, more disease resistant, and just better like the name.

Better Boys

I have been eating Husky Cherry tomatoes all week.  These are really my favorite because I like just grabbing them and eating them.  The husky plant grows string and has a nice smell.  The tomatoes have been really good.  I believe this to grow better than the other cherry tomatoes I have grown over the years, regular cherry and tomato 1000 or something like that. I don't have a freezer so cherry tomatoes are perfect for me.  If it was just me that's all I would grow, cause I'm not gonna be cooking anything!  Except maybe some chili! 

Cherry!  No Red because I ate them all
There is the Red Cherry!
Huge Chili Peppers!
This brings me to the hot peppers! We have Chili Peppers, Jalapeno Peppers, Gypsy Peppers (These are actually sweet), and I think they are Habaneros, but they don't look right and they probably sold me 3 of the wrong plant? Got the Gypsy because girlfriend wanted one that was different. Not hot, but its still going in the chili! I like the Chili peppers and the Jalapeno and the girlfriend likes the habneros. So, its kinds disappointing that the habaneros don't look right, but what ever they are I hope they are super hot so she is happy. They each have a longer than expected shriveled pepper? Every year around September, I usually grab a bunch of peppers and take an electric burner and make chili right in front of the TV while I watch Football. I normally wait until the Ravens have a late game or night game so I'm done and super drunk for the game. One year I even pepper sprayed myself with the pepper juice on my hands and had to run to the shower! It was awesome! The chili is so hot it feels like it is eating away the inside of your mouth and gums!
Gypsy Pepper
Habanero Mystery Plant?

Last we have some corn that is girlfriend's absolute favorite. I don't like it because I have had no luck. Storms knocking them over and bugs and birds eating them have affected both years so far. This year the storms got them, but not as bad as last year. They are bent, but not flattened. I really need to take the extra time to place support for the corn. This year we are growing 8 Silver Queen Corn. We had some last year, but they got soaked in a large rain storm and than birds and bugs ate them up. Also, in the garden is 4 cabbage plants that my mom planted and did not realize you can plant them in the fall. She is going to pull them this week.

Silver Queen Corn
Silver Queen Corn

More Corn
The Rose Garden!  It pains me to tell you that the Rose Garden needs some care.  It has been under much neglect with Memorial Day, Birthday, Independence Day, and all summer activities.  It still sits in apocalyptic zombie mode.  I hope to get things done this weekend.  I'm going to create a post and give a checklist of what needs to be done.  I will take pictures and hope the Rose garden will flourish as well.

The Rose Garden!

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