Garden Update: Tomatoes, Tomatoes, & More Tomatoes

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by on June 22, 2010

IMG_7172 Those of you that have grown tomatoes before probably know that when your tomatoes are ready, you will have a massive amount of tomatoes and although we grew cherry tomatoes last year- I really didn’t know we would get THIS many.

IMG_7152 We have 3 tomato plants (2 large tomato and 1 cherry tomato). And they are all producing. So, we are eating a lot of tomatoes- and I plan to make some pasta sauce for later, too. But I am also thinking of making my own ketchup – does any one have a good (easy) recipe?

The challenge right now is the heat (we are hitting 105-110 degrees now). My tomato plants are starting to turn a little yellow, and a few of the tomatoes are cracking, so we put a shade slightly over the garden so that it would provide shade from the afternoon sun. So far it is working, but I’ll keep you updated. I know those of you in AZ are also battling the heat, so hopefully our gardens will win.

IMG_7163 I also picked the rest of our onions, so I’ll be making some fresh salsa soon. Some of them were still small, but they didn’t seem to be growing much and I’m ready to make a bit more room in the garden.

IMG_7160 Our pickling cucumbers are finally really producing. You can see in this picture the large cucumber (about 6 inches) is about ready to pick and the baby next to it is just starting to grow. I picked 5 cucumbers on Saturday and I have to say they are much tastier (crisp and good cucumber flavor) than the large cucumbers we had last year. I will definitely grow these again.

IMG_7165 Now, it’s your turn, what surprises are you finding in your garden? What is growing and starting to produce? What are your challenges? If you have a blog, link up your blog post with Mr.Linky. If not, leave a comment- I’d love to hear how your garden is growing!

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  • We have a container garden, we are growing tomatoes & herbs!

  • Beautiful plants, Michelle! Thanks for sharing- I wish my basil looked that good :)

  • My family and I may be moving to Phoenix in the next month or two depending on the outcome of negotiations. I’m glad I came across your blog as I have been trying to make a tiny garden in our apartment in Houston. I’m also doing cucumbers and tomatoes, but in a topsey turvey planter. I’m happy to know that I’ll be able to grow 3 of the things I want most – tomatoes, cucumbers and onions! The only other things that would lower my produce bills are strawberries and lettuce :)
    .-= Dawn´s last blog ..…tonight I’m cleaning out my closet! =-.

  • Dawn – I live in Mesa (outside Phx) and am attempting Strawberries… I have had one so far (tiny!) but from what I understand they probably don’t produce the first year. So there is hope! :) I also have friends who produce lettuce, it grows pretty well here. You’ll be growing your own complete salad before you know it!
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..CVS and Walgreens 6-17-10 =-.

  • Glad you found the blog, Dawn! You should be able to grow all those items you listed. I have lettuce for the first time this year and it is doing very well (should have posted a pic) :)

    My son has strawberries and they actually started to produce very well lately. He has been picking a couple each day for the past week. :)

  • Kara, do you have an update this week? I’d love to see how your garden is coming along :)

  • Yes… the zucchini and cukes and canteloupe are all flowering, my tomato plant is through the roof! It seems like only in a few days, too… I need to go home and take some updated pics! I will post them on my blog :)
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..CVS and Walgreens 6-17-10 =-.

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