Thursday, May 19, 2011

Green Goodness

Loving spring!  There's something magical about seeing the first fruit and vegetables grow, mature and ripen.  The picking of the first tomato is an annual cause for celebration in our household, and this event began in a small way today, with the picking of the first vine-ripened, totally organically grown cherry tomato!

First cherry tomato!  More vegetarian staples coming soon!

The first full-sized tomato-- ready to pick!

Two on this nice cluster are just starting to turn!

Baby green beans!

Cucumbers - blossoming but not quite showing fruit yet.

Cucumbers, beans and squash.

The first baby summer squash!

Peppers and eggplant.

Small bell peppers - won't be big enough to pick for several weeks.

Banana peppers - we've already harvested some of these!

More tomatos!

Baby grapefruit!  Fortunate to get them in this small tree's second year!

Baby lemon!

Basil.  I can taste the pesto already!

Home composting station.  Every leaf raked, every bit of yard waste, every fruit or vegetable peel or trimming, tea bags, coffee grounds, egg shells, etc, go in here, and are transformed into brown gold.  With lots of rich organic compost, there is no need for chemical fertilizers.  The plants love it, and happy plants make the best fruit!


BLD in MT said...

Awesome photographs. Yes, the first tomato of the season is the perfect cause for celebration. I am a teeny bit jealous of your fruit. No homegrown citrus for this Montana lady. Isn't composting just amazing!?! Its one of those things that I cannot imagine not doing now. Wait, wait, wait...I can turn garbage into fertilizer!?! Why didn't someone tell me this a decade ago?! :)

Great post. Happy Friday to you.

Anne said...

Keep enjoying the fruits of your labor (and the veggies too).

Don said...

You're making me soooo hungry!

Just_because_today said...

we've had so much rain that I don't I'll be seeing any veggies at all.
You have a birthday coming up. We are of the same sign, I believe.
Happy Birthday

About Muriel said...

great post! i'm looking forward to seeing my mother's organic gardens in July/August...not a gardener, but can always appreciate good organic veggies/fruit when I see them :)

♥ Callah said...

great garden!