Thursday, May 19, 2011
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!
Baby grapefruit! Fortunate to get them in this small tree's second year!
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!