It’s been about a month and a half since the last update on our garden. Here are the before photos so you can see the progression:
The tomato plants have loved the hot weather we’ve been having, it’s been mostly in the 90s and 100s with an occasional day in the 80s if there’s a storm coming in. They have loved the heat much that the sweet peas died from lack of sun and we had to move the basil plant or risk it starving too from being shaded by the tomatoes. And, if you can believe it, there are two tomato plants missing from the latest photo. We gave them to one of Bill’s co-workers shortly after we took the May photo.
Because we built the planter box on top of the rocks, the tomato cages can’t go deep enough to really support how tall they’ve grown. So, we’re just letting nature do it’s thing. The lattice in the back of the planter has been a great way to keep those plants under some control. I can see us doing that again next summer.
I forgot to snap a photo, but we have three tomato plants in containers along the back wall of the backyard and a large piece of wood lattice sitting behind. That has worked really well too.
We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the tomatoes so far with many nights of Caprese salads dolled up with some fresh mozzarella and some expensive olive oil we bought. The jalapeño plant has done beautifully as well, so we had some absolutely delicious salsa the other night. I made it in the food processor and chopped it into a very fine, salsa. So Tommy enjoyed it too on top of his carne asada. If I had made it chunky, like pico de gallo, he wouldn’t have eaten it. I can’t wait to make some more.
Here you can see two different varieties of the tomatoes we have. The ones closest to the camera have a purple tone to their skin and are very sweet.
This past weekend Bill made some tomato and bacon marmalade. The recipe uses about two pounds of tomatoes (which we had). I’ll be honest, I was unsure what it would be like. Turned out amazing! It’s like someone made a very sweet, bacon-y ketchup… but way better. We will make it again and I will take photos of the steps next time.
For Bill’s birthday dinner we made homemade pizza. I make the crust from scratch using the super simple recipe from The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook. Because of how tasty this pizza is, we don’t order out anymore.
Using the tomato and bacon marmalade as a pizza sauce was nothing short of genius. Topped with some thinly sliced pancetta and mozzarella and mushrooms. Or some fresh tomatoes. It was a very yummy night.
More to come.