Molly’s Pumpkins, year 3! This year, Eric started some of the seeds he had saved from last year’s crop, and Molly sent us a packet of pumpkin seeds. This was a banner year, with six pumpkins.
The real story, though, is tomatoes. In Spring 2015, Lisa’s school welcomed our family with an heirloom tomato plant, grown in the school’s greenhouse. When ripe, these tomatoes are big, yellow, flavorful things. We planted it, amazingly, it grew. When ripe, these tomatoes are big, yellow, flavorful things. We harvested a half dozen ripe heirloom tomatoes, and several dozen unripe green ones. Eric saved the seeds, and started them early, in the hope that the plants would have enough time to ripen. We plant our vegetables in the front garden, amongst the daylilies. (Some people call it “edible landscaping.” We call it “planting fussy plants where they won’t die.”)
We didn’t hoop the tomato plants, and they spread throughout the whole garden. Tomato plants make a lovely ground cover, and this summer we had a nice mix of tomato leaves, wild jewelweed, and daylilies. We only harvested one or two yellow tomatoes, and it was a bit of a disappointment.
I went out of town this week on a business trip, and when I got home, I noticed that a hard frost had killed the tomato vines, and now my front garden looked like someone dumped three tons of boiled spinach on top of a family of giant tarantulas. I pulled it out, and underneath the mess were several dozen green tomatoes. We made garlic-and-green-tomato spaghetti sauce.