Picked The Last Yellow Pear Tomatoes Today

yellow pear tomato basketJenny and I really enjoyed the Yellow Pear tomato chutney I made last fall with our own yellow pear tomatoes. The plan was to do the same and more this year however plans don’t always work out the way we planned.

I was a bit depressed about the whole start to the growing season but the work I did in the garden by adding raised beds will pay off next year. We are even adding a couple more before winter sets in so the entire garden will be higher and less likely to flood out.

The Last of the Yellow Pear Tomatoes

We have had a couple of nights that dropped to only 2C so I decided to bring them in and call it a season. I do have enough to make a couple of bottles of chutney. Jenny and I only use the Chutney with Sunday brunch so those two bottles will last most of the winter.

Looking forward to the next growing season already.

Checking Out The Community Garden At The YMCA

tall sunflowerI took a few minutes out of my walk to Centennial park to check out the community gardens at the YMCA. Didn’t see anyone working in their garden as early as I was out this morning but they sure are looking good.

I waited until it was late enough that the sun was up over the trees to the east of the their gardens so I could have the best lighting I could get. Not much for clouds by then either so there were no seconds wasted waiting for the clouds to stop blocking my light.

The first thing I saw as I approached the YMCA other than their logo was this happy nine foot tall sunflower with about a dozen flowers. Such a beautiful site. People who walk this way for work each day much love the view.

Below is a photo of the YMCA community garden. The YMCA building is behind me in this photograph.

ymca community gardens

I would love to have been on the roof for this shot so you can see that it extends all the way to the billboard. The sunflowers and pole beans kind of cut it in half. I should have taken a photo from their parking lot as well but I looked through last year and found one that will give you a better idea.

ymca side view

There is also another section to the community gardens. I noticed that in that section there is a Boy Scout logo. It would be nice if they are doing this for badges and sharing what they grow with soup kitchens.

What Growing On Here

I took about 50 photos before I continued on to Centennial Park. Here are a few of them in a smaller format.

marigolds yellow and red nasturtiums

Lots of vegetables but it’s nice to see that there are plenty of flowers growing as well and add a little extra beauty to the whole thing. There are little groups of marigolds as well as nasturtiums. There are other types of flowers too.

I love looking at the vegetables growing. I visit the garden in early spring when they start digging and keep coming back as the summer progresses. My visits get closer together as we hit the end of summer so I can watch as things really start to produce.

pumpkins ymca beets

I love pumpkin pies and who doesn’t like a cute or maybe scary jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins just say Autumn. I love beets too they are so good with butter and pepper. Mmmm

Well I only stayed a few minutes and then headed out so that’s it for this post. Hope you enjoy the harvest time and maybe lookup the YMCA in your area to see if they have a community garden.

Mother Nature Nearly Beat Me Out of My Summer Vegetable Garden

raised bedSo it’s the last day of June 2014 today and my vegetable garden is looking pretty sad. We’ve had so much rain that it’s been under water or so muddy I couldn’t work in it at all.

We had a few days of dry weather and sun so I did get the first 8 feet of the north end tilled and then I added the first 4 x 8 foot raised bed and got two rows of tomatoes planted.

No soon had I planted the last tomato plant the skies opened up and flooded the rest of the garden but my new raised bed and the tomatoes looked just fine. That was the first week of June so things are really late. Hope we have a warm Autumn so we get to enjoy what I have just planted.

I added a pretty thick layer of mulch around the new raised bed so we could walk on the dark mulch instead of sinking in the mud. Worked great but I will need to add more mulch once I have what it there tramped down. Was great walking around the raised bed once that mulch was there.

A Week Later

It was an entire week before I was able to start working the second 8 foot section of the garden so I could build and place the second raised bed. I had to work in the rain to get it completed but I did. For this section I used plywood under my feet to keep from sinking in the muddy soil.

I got it done and added green peppers and yellow pear tomatoes before I was forced out of the yard by the pouring rain. I didn’t even get the chance to surround it with mulch like the first one. I’ll get to that once I can get back in the garden.

Planting Flowers In The Veggie Garden

I’m a bit sad that we are so late getting things going this year but I will get it finished before next spring and that makes me happy because we should not need to worry about flooding any longer.

The fact that we have raised beds now means we can cover the top of the beds with plastic in the early spring and heat the soil so we can plant earlier than we ever had. We can even turn the beds into little green houses in case we encounter frost. Getting exciting already.