Friday, July 31, 2009

I'm Seeing Red!

Well, I've picked a few green tomatoes this week and totally enjoyed every last bit and bite of them. So, after a few great days of green, I've got a couple of red tomatoes to look at!
Look at my babies! Gardeners know the feeling, I hope. :-). I mean, I talk about my garden every day and think about the weather and watch many different channels for it. I get mad when bugs pick on it. I want the plants to all just get along. My babies, teeheehee. Ok, just some more quick photos of my torrential-rain-ravaged garden. The weather has been brutal, but the strong are surviving.

These are my highest collard leaves. The low ones are being devoured by the herbivores. I don't want to spray chemicals, so let them eat ... there's still some left for me! Look at how big they are!

Like my hand is a ruler, but you get the picture. I'm going to make a recipe when I pick these and feature it on a future show. Hope you like it! Next, I'm gettin' frawny with it!

These are the tops of my fennel. If the bottoms don't bulb, I'll just make a frawny salad! Take a look at this ...

Looks like a collard plant right? It's not though, it's my broccoli! I'm just waiting on the florets. I met a nice woman at the Edible Garden and she told me they would appear soon. Can't wait! Well, that's it for now. Enjoy the weekend and if you garden, hope you have fun and get a little dirty in it.

12 comments:

Mary at My New 30 said...

Very impressive indeed! I'm the same way with my garden. I visit it every day and check things out and the bugs really bug me - I think I have every veggie bug there is in South Mississippi I swear. The stink bugs and the whiteflies are driving me crazy right now.

Sue said...

Wow, that's impressive. My herbs are going great this year, but I nixed the tomatoes. Every year I get huge plants and NO tomatoes. I just couldn't face the heartbreak. Yours look amazing and those are some awesome greens. Enjoy.

The Duo Dishes said...

The broccoli did look like collards. Funny how the leaves look alike. What can you make with broccoli leaves? Yum.

Cooking Mama said...

Sunny, those could be snails getting into the collards? Do you see little shiny trails around anywhere near your garden? There is some stuff that I use called Natural Guard Crawling Insect Control. It's actually little tiny bones that the insects/snails eat up and they choke on it and die. I know it sounds morbid but it works! You have to be careful how you handle it. It comes in a powder and you should use a glove or shovel to sprinkle it around the ground of your plants. Our problems here now are Japanese beetles. I can't stand those things!!!

Sunny Anderson said...

mary at my new 30, yeah the bugs, bug. my neighbors actually told me, warned me of the bugs and the issues the previous tenants had with their garden ... i took it as a challenge!

sue, what!? all vine and no tomato???? that's upsetting!!! don't worry you aren't missin much, they are just not the best texture this year up here. i am secretly worried about the broccoli, pleeeeeeeeese let them grow into a tight green bunch!

the duo dishes, i know right!? many leaves look similar, my dude tried to pull a weed and it turned out to be a carrot!!! so he put it back, looks like they may grow despite my early worries.

cooking mama, they are worms, cuz they hang out on the backs of the leaves ... and my that bone-meal sounds crazy! i don't know if i can do it ... you described it a bit too well lol. i dunno, i have a soft spot and i actually don't mind. nature is giving me something, i don't mind giving my lower greens back. i really don't. i met a farmer last year that cross planted alfalfa with his strawberries because the bugs that like berries, like alfalfa more. works for him and i'm willing to bet if you've had strawberries, you've had his. huge, mega plot in california that ships all over. i think i'll try the cross planting next year. need more land.

Susan Y. said...

Hi Sunny!!

I'm a huge fan of yours on Food Network! I'm so glad you have a blog! Just wanted to show some love, and awesome garden. We only have a peach tree in our backyard, and some herbs haha. I can't wait to see more recipes!

Lana said...

Sunny, I wonder if you guys are ahead of us in the growing season? My peas were done last week, and I'm just about done with green beans. Tomato plants are monsters! Like, totally huge. Still a week or two out before they begin to ripen. Did brandywines (heirloom) and pear tomatoes this year - they're like candy to me. And I think my corn will be ready in 3 weeks. Have a few peppers ready now, more in the next cpl weeks. Lettuce was all done 2 weeks ago - let a few go to seed for next year. ;)

My only bug problem was with the sweet basil. Darned Italian bugs! Lol, they didn't touch the other herbs. My problem is totally tenacious weeds! I turned compost in the soil this year - great for the plants, also great for the weeds. (ugh) I opened a restaurant 3 weeks ago, spending so much time there, NOT enough time yankin' weeds. *laughing*

So fun talkin' garden stuff. Thx for posting flix of yours. :-)

Mindy said...

Aloha, Sunny! I wasn't sure where else to put this, but I was recently watching your episode on Korean food and was surprised to hear you mention cheesey ramen. I used to put American Cheese on my saimin when I was a kid - of course, you need a lot less soup to get the perfect effect - but it is the most yummy dish. Used to add some lettuce and veggies, too. But the cheese melts just perfectly over the saimin noodles. Just so happens I'm part Korean, too. Didn't know they used to do that over there. I still do it today. It sounds weird, but it tastes oh so yummy.

Selenasking said...

Congrats on your red tomatoes Sunny! Sometimes I see red about our girl RR! I just saw her on QVC and ...

Sunny Anderson said...

susan y., thanks so much for watching!!! i saw a pear tree the other day in someone's yard and got instantly jealous!! omg, what peach dishes are you coming up with!? sounds like fun. if you have rosemary growing, i really like rosemary and peaches together.

lana, good question, are you aware of the growing zones? check this link http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html, there are other one out there, but yes, basically different areas harvest before others. i used this to figure out what to plant in my garden. pretty neat map. btw, jealous of your heirlooms! and omg, the weeds and vines are crazy! they have a life cycle that we as humans need to study lol, they don't die ... they multiply ... what movie was that?

mindy, an-yo-haseo!! that's supposed to be phonetically "hello" lol .... wow, first thanks for watching! so glad you commented! some people may think it's yucky, but cheese ramen is pretty yummy ... after some drinks lol. no, really some of my best eating days were in korea and the streets of itaewon! yaki-mandu on a stick!!!! ahhh the memories, bibimbap!!! miss it miss it miss it!!!

selenasking, thanks!! they are red, but still have not so much flavor ... next season. i'm roasting all of the red ones this year, put those two in the pic into a mole after roasting. they just aren't good stand alone flavor this year ...

Arica said...

sunny, your garden is inspiring! i only have 2 containers i get to fill because my husband and i live in a basement apartment, so i definitely look forward to having space to garden someday! anyway, thanks so much for stopping by the blog, i will DEFINITELY be featuring more of your stuff now that i know you're around to check it out!! what an honor!

come back soon. (:

Sunny Anderson said...

arica, thanks! i know what you mean about the pots, i just gave up on them, mother nature is way better than my green thumb for indoor plants. i am soooo happy with the garden, even the weeds and the bugs and the untimely deaths are fine. new challenges keep me happy! love your blog, you seem like a happy person! thanks so much for watching and trying the recipes!