Monday, August 17, 2009

Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Zucchini, Parsley, Basil - Oh My

Garden layoutSide View gardenTomatoesGreen cherryAll of them

In the corner of our backyard we have a vegetable garden. I'm not going to pretend that I have a green thumb or that I actually went out and planted everything in my garden. I wish I could take credit for that but that was all my father-in-law, he's the one who planted the whole garden. All I do is water it, weed it and pick the vegetables, (actually I should be weeding a little more often than I do).

This year we have so many cherry tomatoes that we can't keep up with them. This exact thing happened to us in early June with lettuce - we had lettuce coming out of our ears. We gave out a lot to family and friends. Now we are doing the same with the peppers and cherry tomatoes.

I'm not going to lie to you, it is fun picking vegetables. There is a zen-like feeling that comes over you while walking through the garden looking for ripe vegetables. There is no stress as you walk through - carefully looking at each individual plant. You have one single mission and that is to pick the vegetables that are ready to be eaten. Green peppers are easily camouflaged in the leaves and you have to carefully go through them to make sure you don't miss one. Crouching down to reach the ripe cherry tomatoes that are hiding under the leaves of the tomato plants. Slowly and carefully pulling huge heirloom tomatoes off the vine without bruising them or knocking the other tomatoes off the vine.

Weird and strange that it is relaxing. Since I am not of fan of mowing the lawn or weeding. But I do enjoy eating the vegetables we grow, even though I am kind of getting tired of eating tomatoes everyday.


  1. you sure have alot going on in that little garden.

  2. WOW! That is really cool garden. I love organic vegetables! If you have so much you should think about selling some. I know I would buy some.

  3. Yes, do you live in New Jersey or New York? Because I would also love to pick up some tomatoes. Let me know I live in NJ.