Monday, July 12, 2010

My Garden is a Battlefield

A quick break from painting the kitchen to show you the troops and the bounty.

My Army







My Conquest





From top to bottom: a Kosovo tomato, Black and Brown Boar tomato, Guernsey Island Pink Blush tomatoes, another Kosovo tomato, Goldie groundcherries.

If you'd like to see what others are growing, stop by Daphne's Dandelions for the Harvest Monday roundup.

21 comments:

Emily said...

Lovely tomatoes. Are ground cherries the same as tomatillos?

Allison at Novice Life said...

Nice harvest

Pam said...

Nice army you have there! I haven't seen any praying mantis this year. I'm afraid it's my kitten, I think she thinks they are great toys.

villager said...

Wow, that Kosovo looks like a big tomato! You have some interesting varieties. I've never heard of the Black and Brown Boar before.

I hope your cat is a harder worker than ours.

michelle said...

Nice army, especially the kitty. Incredible tomatoes! I need to read up on those varieties.

Dirt Lover said...

Love the tomatoes! Have never heard of ground cherries. Great looking army!
~~Lori

Christina said...

Emily: No, groundcherries are a different species, though they are quite similar. They're deliciously sweet and fun to munch on while working in the garden.

Allison: Thanks!

Pam: Well, I don't blame your kitten! Mantises are pretty entertaining!

Villager: And I've got more interesting varieties coming! The cat isn't ours, but has adopted us (petting it and feeding it seem to have helped), and she's a mighty fine hunter. She's still young and hasn't figured out gophers yet, but she's got mice, rats, squirrels and the like down. She's a winner.

Michelle: Both are delicious. The Kosovo is a particularly well-rounded tomato; as an oxheart, it is nearly seed free, so it is great for canning, but it has the flavor of a big juice beefsteak.

Lori: Thanks!

Rowena... said...

Beautiful tomatoes! I'm counting the days til it's my turn to harvest, but in the meantime, every tomato post that has popped up recently in the gardening blogosphere has been a feast for the eyes. A question: what is that insect shown after your cat photo?

Rowena... said...

Beautiful tomatoes! I'm counting the days til it's my turn to harvest, but in the meantime, every tomato post that has popped up recently in the gardening blogosphere has been a feast for the eyes. A question: what is that insect shown after your cat photo?

Daphne said...

Those ground cherries look just like my pineapple tomatillos (not really tomatillos, but that is what they called them) that I grew last year. They were quite tasty.

sherry said...

what a wonderful harvest, i so want to find the seeds so that i can try the Black and Brown boar they look wonderful. Thqnk you for sharing

Gina said...

All my tomatoes are still green, yours are beautiful!

I do have winter squash ready now though, which surprises me.

thyme2garden said...

Black and Brown Boar tomato is really pretty! Is the inside of that tomato an interesting color, too, or is it just the outside?

Angela said...

You've got a great army :-)

Those are unusual varieties of tomato! If you ever feel so inclined, I'd love it if some time you post your thoughts about their taste and how well they grew in your area.

ann said...

Holy frack! Those Kosovos are huge!!! Nice army. I need to cultivate one o' them!

Christina said...

Rowena: That is a juvenile ladybug, a voracious eater of aphids!

Daphne: Your pineapple tomatillos and my groundcherries are probably the same thing. The Latin name for them is Physalis pruinosa. I also have Physalis peruviana growing, which is a much more vertical plant with bigger, tangier fruit.

Sherry: You're welcome!

Gina: Most of my tomatoes are still green too; it is only a few plants that have started producing already.

Thyme2garden: The Black and Brown Boar looks like a typical "black" colored tomato inside, with mahogany flesh and green gel around the seeds. They're yummy.

Angela: Oh, my annual tomato review is coming, don't you worry. But I want to have a bigger range of varieties to report on at the same time, so it probably won't happen until August.

Ann: And they're yummy too. They're very early-producing for such a large-fruited variety. They may work well in your climate.

Another Outspoken Female said...

The tomatoes look great but it was the kitty warrior that caught my eye. What a cutie :)

Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) said...

I LOVE ground cherries. I discovered them recently. Each one is like a little present- all wrapped up!

Christina said...

AOS: She's a wonderful cat, and my husband and I have fallen in love with her, but I haven't seen her in a few days. I'm worried about her because we had a pretty vicious coyote raid a couple nights ago. I hope she's okay. She seems smart, so she's probably just hiding out and keeping closer to civilization than the woods for a while.

Meghan: Aren't they delicious? And the package description fits them perfectly.

Stefaneener said...

Those tomatoes are tremendous. What bounty. And it's good the mantises are on our side, pretty much, isn't it?

Who Has Time To Cook? said...

Your photos are outstanding. I also can't believe how many veggies you have already. I've only had cucumber, some banana peppers and a few peas.