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White Tip Radishes

Here are my first radishes of the season. I grew these sparkler white tip radishes with seeds from the Livingston Seed Company. This is the first time in years that we’ve had a garden and that I’ve grown radishes.

Sparkler White Tip Radishes

I used my radishes in a salad last night and they tasted great. There are several wonderful things about radishes. First they grow and mature very fast. They are easy to grow and are hardy in even cooler, wet climates. They are good to mix within your garden as bugs and other pests don’t like the smell of them. I mixed in these radish seeds around other rows of plants and so far the bugs have stayed away.

On a nutrition level, radish are very low-calorie root vegetable with just around Continue Reading →

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Bleeding Hearts

I purchased a package of Bleeding Hearts from a fundraiser project for our local schools. The package contained two bush starts. The starts were pretty small and needed some TLC before planting them in the yard. Here is a photo of the package.

I planted the whole thing into a clay pot with some enriched potting soil. I watered it well and hoped for the best as the starters hardly looked alive. But after a week, it really perked up and here is a photo after a few weeks.

As we live in the woods, deer and other critters love to eat our plants and bushes. Bleeding Hearts are supposed to be deer resistant which is one of the main reasons I purchased this package. So after a few weeks, I was able to replant both plants into the ground.

Bleeding Hearts

So far so good as the Bleeding Hearts bloomed and the deer apparently didn’t bother them. The flowers were small but I understand the plant is perennial Continue Reading →

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Stages of Ripening Tomatoes

As I wrote in my last post, I have lots of tomatoes ripening in various stages. I thought it might be fun to post a photo of the different stages of my ripening tomatoes. As you can see, I have very green tomatoes, to yellow, to orange, and finally to red.
Stages of Ripening Tomatoes

Here is my ripening green tomatoes post with some helpful tips on ripening any leftover tomatoes you may have from this year’s garden. Many of my stored green tomatoes have ripened. We will be enjoying homegrown tomatoes well into November from my stockpile of green stored tomatoes.

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Ripening Green Tomatoes

As my gardening season comes to an end, I still have many green tomatoes on my plants. Here is just a small bag of green tomatoes I harvested off of two plants. I needed to harvest the tomatoes on these plants as they were in frost danger. You can always cover your tomato plants at night to protect them from frost but the end of my warm season is here and it was time to just pick the green tomatoes.
Harvested Green Tomatoes

I wrote a post a few years ago with a great tip on ripening green tomatoes. You can read that post here. If you don’t have a ripe banana to place inside your brown paper bag, don’t worry. The green tomatoes will ripen over time inside a closed brown paper bag. You can also wrap the green tomatoes in newspaper and then place them inside the paper bag. This is another good way to ripen green tomatoes and store them for future use. You can read more about storing green tomatoes here.

If nothing else, place the green tomatoes on a sunny, inside window ledge and they will also ripen over time. But if you have lots of green tomatoes, you might try my useful idea about storage of the tomatoes. It is very nice to have red home-grown tomatoes into November from the brown bag storage idea.

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Tomato Container Gardening

Here is a photo of some of my tomato container gardening this year. These plants have been growing in recycled plastic buckets for the last several months. I am just now able to start harvesting red tomatoes. As you can see I have a few more red tomatoes and many green ones still growing.

Tomato Container Gardening

I have reused these same buckets for many years now. I am able to buy them at my local grocery bakery for just a dollar. They are food-grade buckets that frostings, fruit-fillings and other bakery supplies are sold in. They make excellent containers for growing tomatoes and other items if you don’t have a lot of room to put in a traditional garden.

Most of these buckets just have holes drilled into the bottom for drainage. I also have a few self-watering buckets that I made using this self-watering tomato plant container tutorial. Here is one of my self-watering containers below.
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Tomatoes

Just wanted to share a photo of my tomatoes that I harvested today. I have several containers of tomatoes growing this year. The tomatoes are starting to ripen and here is today’s little bounty.

These homegrown tomatoes have just the best taste. Not like some of the plastic-tasting tomatoes you buy in the store. Anyway, we are just loving our tomatoes and still have more green ones on the vines that hopefully will ripen soon.

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