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Fall is for tomatoes and ripening pumpkins

This was the best looking tomato of this year's crop.  I managed to save it from the chipmunks.  I don't know what variety it is but it's really dense.  Not too many seeds.



Fresh tomatoes are for bruschetta.  I grew the basil too.





There's something very satisfying about growing food to eat.  We had a water drainage problem that required the removal of our old concrete patio behind our house.  We had them replace it with a couple of raised beds full of gardening dirt.  The beds are great.  Minnesota got buckets of rain though so the yard stayed really wet.  I ended up with a pretty nasty case of powdery mildew in the garden.  It grows on plants like pumpkins, melons, squash and cucumbers and kills the leaves.  I guess you can treat it with milk but my kid is allergic so I tried baking soda and dish soap plus removing the worst of the infected leaves.  I slowed it down, I think.  I still managed to get a great crop of cucumbers and I have three decently sized pumpkins and one tiny one that just flowered on Tuesday.  Now, it's just a race against frost.  I'm really not ready for the weather to turn cold.

Here's the garden and you can see the big leaves in between the beds that have the white mildew on them.



Cucumbers, dill, green beans on the trellis, a big geranium and tomatoes in the far bed and marigolds and the beginning of the pumpkin vines in the front.



A couple of the pumpkins.  The vines went crazy climbing up a wall.



A look down on the cucumber end of the beds and the walkway through the middle.  The big leaves are the other pumpkin vine that came down through the middle of the garden and wrapped around.

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ash48
Sep. 11th, 2014 10:00 pm (UTC)
Looks fantastic! I agree growing and eating your own food is very satisfying. :). That tomato looks huge! (Ha from thst angle it looks as big as a pumpkin) Yum, bruschetta (fave!). I love the look for your veg patch and garden.
galwithglasses
Sep. 12th, 2014 12:42 am (UTC)
I figured I should put my hand in there for size comparison because it does look like a pumpkin. It tasted good. Like the geek I am, I weighed that tomato in at 474g. I have to find out what that variety is for next year. I was really glad with how the garden turned out overall. It's just the right size for one person to care for and having it raised up means less bending. Easier for my favorite hobby, weeding.
kalliel
Sep. 11th, 2014 11:03 pm (UTC)
Those are beautiful tomatoes, and a beautiful garden as a whole. <33 Someday I'd love to have one of my own, with bees and aquaponics/sturgeon. *___*
galwithglasses
Sep. 12th, 2014 01:01 am (UTC)
The sturgeon sound intriguing but like they'd require a bit of room. I've seen some cool aquaponics fertilized by farm fish so that could probably be pretty cool. Sturgeon can live to be really old, I think, so you could have them around for a while.
de_nugis
Sep. 11th, 2014 11:15 pm (UTC)
Those are fine tomatoes, and the prize specimen is dazzlingly handsome.
galwithglasses
Sep. 12th, 2014 01:04 am (UTC)
I almost felt bad eating it as it was so handsome. Almost. It was a good year for tomatoes. They are my favorite food right out of the garden. Yummmm.
ghyste
Sep. 12th, 2014 12:20 am (UTC)
That's one heck of a tomato!
galwithglasses
Sep. 12th, 2014 01:06 am (UTC)
474g 8-)
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