It’s beautiful! Bit by bit parts of the garden are ripening and each week brings more. To celebrate the first real picking of the garden, Abby and Syd had me over for BBLTs (that would be bacon, basil, lettuce, and tomato) using vine ripened (and we’re talking honest to God ripe on the still growing vine – eat your heart out whole foods) tomatoes with freshly picked basil.
Granted, we only had two large tomatoes that were ripe, but the cherry tomatoes were happy to join in for the meal.
These cherry tomatoes are soooo sweet.
Add to that a selection of peppers and you get a gorgeous array. Abby, showing off her mad up and coming food stylist skills took the family photo for the evening.
Elsewhere in the garden, things are happily moving along. When we went to pick the cherry peppers, I nearly wet myself with excitement when I saw a principle of permaculture at work! As you may recall, rather than using pesticides in the garden, we interspersed fragrant herbs (basil in this instance) to separate the veggies. By doing this, if a bug finds one plant, it may munch away at it, but it won’t be able to smell the other like veggies near by. To that end, I found one pair of cherry peppers that was all but devoured but some little bug, while not two feet away, just past the basil plant, there was a pristine cherry pepper just begging to be picked.
Cherry Pepper SAVE!
In addition to the fragrant herbs, we also have some new residents that are proving a great help to curbing the bugs. Since Martha Stewart ruled out chickens, it would appear Mama Nature was happy to provide a reasonable substitute. I found this guy happily perched on a tomato plant pecking away at some unwanted intruders while leaving the tomatoes well enough alone.
Our new bug catcher isn’t the only new resident. Just before dusk, I was amazed to look up and see the darting form of a hummingbird flitting about the verge.
Center of the pic - it's the spot hovering on its own
A third neighbor to move into this newest suburb gives me a little more concern. Well up one of the oaks I saw a mass of branches which turned out to be a squirrel nest. Granted, RePete is ecstatic. All he sees are furry little chew toys. All I see is potential trouble. Though, the idea behind permaculture is to grow enough that you have plenty even after such natural loss. So we’ll just have to wait an see how greedy these new neighbors are.
And still, more veggies are coming along…
Happy cucumber, though it resembles only a partially inflated ballon right now.
These snow peas will go really well with some cocktail shrimp dipped in a safflower/soy sauce mix.
Checking on the leeks
And last but not least, after only a little over a week since the BBLT adventure, we found even more cherry tomatoes just begging to be picked! These vines are the gift that keep on giving.
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