I was so proud of my little garden. My first one at this house, my chance for my own home grown tomatoes. I was proud when it just looked like this:
And I was ecstatic when a few weeks ago it looked like this:
Tomatoes apparently love hot, humid weather. So a few short weeks after the picture above, they have taken over the garden.
I've spent the last week trying to rein them in. For the ones that originally had cages, I've been feeding some of the longer vines back through the cages. I added a bunch of wooden stakes and tied vines to them. The tomatoes that are next to the peppers have completely overshadowed their neighbors, so I really tried to pull them back and give the peppers some room. I trimmed some of the non-producing vines (the technical term for them is "suckers" I believe) and removed the withering leaves. I've done everything I can think of to tame them. Everything, that is, except thinning them out. They are covered with green tomatoes, and I just can't bear to destroy any of them.
I'm not sure how I will actually be able to pick any of them from the center,though, since the plants on the outside edges are already as tall as me (I'm 5'8".)
The back half of the garden looks pretty good, despite the wall of tomatoes that borders it.
And I'm such a dork that I took some close-ups of some of the other veggies. Do you want to see those too? I thought so.
Oddly shaped, although I'm certain delicious, green pepper:
Crazy fast-growing cucumber, that I swear has doubled in size each night this week:
I don't want to speak too soon and jinx it, but it seems that the bunnies have stayed away so far. It could be from the lavender planted on the edges of the fence, or the Pro-Tec along the whole fence. Perhaps I should also credit my Bunny Patrol:
Got any good recipes for tomatoes?