Monday, August 3, 2009


Not only does it feel like the tropics
with all the heat,
and humidity
we've been having lately,
it's starting to look pretty tropical as well.

...the dense foliage of the cucumber bed.

I've conquered the slugs and cucumber beetle
and now
the zucchini plants
are towering above the compost bin
and producing
a steady supply of zucchini.
There will be plenty of
roasted zucchini,
fried zucchini and onions,
pickled zucchini,
and to keep the beast of the jungle happy
and to calm his savage soul,
... some zucchini muffins,
zucchini breads
and chocolate zucchini cake.

Ta ta! ...our mammoth size tomato plants!
I have never seen tomato plants
this large in my life
...must be the combination of
plentiful rain,
the mushroom compost we added
and the special compost tea I've been brewing every week.
There seems to be quite a few tomatoes there,
whether they ripen or not
is yet to be seen,
but we hope to have lots.
If not,
we will be eating
fried green tomatoes,
Nova Scotia Chow Chow,
Green Tomato Mincemeat.


  1. They are looking great! I love fresh tomatoes right from the plant! And it sounds like you really know what to do with them.

  2. As long as you give me all of the recipes, no one will get hurt!

    I just had to cut away most of my zuccini leaves as they got powdery mildew...and I've left the plants which seem bound and determined to continue to produce. We'll see how it goes.

    Cucs? The same.

    Tomatoes? Exactly the same.

    So save a girl, huh? Tell me what to do with all this stuff. Chocolate zucchini cake? Oh, you've got to be kidding!

  3. Hi Marisa, been out of the loop for a while, thought I'd stop by and say hi, love you garden

  4. Your tomato plant looks just like the one I purchased this year. I bought a tiny plant and it grew into this monstrous thing. I never knew tomato plants could get so big.

  5. i soooooo wish I had a garden like yours :-)

  6. OOOO I love a garden! I think I pulled 25 pounds of tomatoes out of mine yesterday!
    I like to shave my zucc's with a peeler down the the seeds, lightly steam or saute the ribbons and use in place of pasta! I am also a fan of left over grilled zucc's on sandwiches.
    Have fun and enjoy!

  7. Sloane,
    I've never tried zucchini that way but I will. I'll have lots to experiment with.

  8. My garden plants are so small compared to yours! I hope they catch up.

  9. My daughters name is Marissa too ( hers has 2s)
    I love that name ! found your blog thru Mel/cluttershine.. am so glad I did find you because I already wrote 3 of your recipies which I can't wait to try..I am also a gardener ( fairly new) I had a greenhouse built and am growing tomatoes and butternut squash and herbs..stop by and take a look!..Zucchni is next on my list! I will definately be following your blog! have a great day.

  10. I apologize for not leaving a comment earlier, but Firefox apparently has issues with Blogger -- but I digress.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I appreciate it.

    You have a great blog here -- so many interesting topics and very well written.

    I may have to "borrow" some of your ideas!

    Looking forward to connecting. :)

  11. that is one impressive plot of land ! I make a compost tea as well...thanks for the visit!

  12. Wow that's an extremely lush green garden. I hope those tomatoes ripen.