June 24th 2010
archived under: Gardening, Home & Garden

On the first day of summer, my tomatoes celebrated by deciding to ripen a bunch of themselves at once!


The red ones were turned into sauce already – which we ate over some chicken breasts with mozzarella cheese melted on top (like a non-breaded Chicken Parmesan). It was delicious and SO fresh-tasting. There was only a bit leftover, which I froze as part of the post-baby meal stash.

Aren’t the little yellow pear tomatoes SO cute? I haven’t used them yet, but I think I might put them in a cold green bean salad with bacon. Sound good?


Tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis.


The pepper plants look healthy overall but the leaves are sort of all curled like this. Does that mean something? They get enough water, I’m sure! I mean – did you see the juicy tomatoes? They’re in the same soil in the same box getting the same water. So what’s the deal, peppers?


Zucchinis are still coming, too.


Perfect! Also, we accidentally overlooked one until it was HUGE. I swear it’s bigger than my entire forearm. No picture of that one though.


My basil and green onions. I usually grow a different kind of basil with huge leaves. This is good too but next year I’ll make sure to get the big-leafed one again. I just like it!


Squash, more tomatoes, our sad un-ambitious cucumber plant, the cantaloupe (the one climbing so high!), watermelon, strawberries, and another pepper plant with curled-up leaves.


And look who else has a bun in the oven! SO cute! Not much in the world of home gardening is cuter than a baby watermelon.


The artichoke plant is also doing very well. Though, like I said before, I think it won’t produce any artichokes until next year or the year after.


The roses are finally in bloom again! You might remember they were COVERED with gorgeous flowers before… well, right after I posted that blog entry, my husband decided to “prune” the plants… but he hacked them to tiny little flowerless balls of plant… I actually cried. A lot. Now I forgive him.


And the roses outside of our bedroom window – so pretty!


Every day I sit outside and just soak it in. I love how green it is!


SO pretty… it’s a wonderful place to relax!


… except for those little spots.

Are those from *gulp* dog pee? Does dog pee hurt grass? What can you do about it?

We’ve fertilized but the grass doesn’t seem to be responding in those spots.


Bob Wright (2 comments)

Great pictures. Makes me want to start growing my own veggie garden again. We had one at our previous house but haven’t found the time to start a new one after we moved a year or so ago.

kmeghan (2 comments)

Yellow pear tomatoes are like candy. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them and can eat them by the bowl full. I usually just eat them fresh off the plant, or I slice them in half, and toss them with cucumbers and a little Italian dressing.

Dykstram (1 comments)

when the leaves taco on pepper plants it usually means there is a Nitrogen deficiency. You can pick up an organic nutrient supplement at any planting store.

Brenda (2 comments)

My husband worked with a landscaper who said to add 1/2 a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a dogs food to help with the brown spots. Not sure how it works, but since we've started using vinegar we haven't had any brown spots in the yard.

Susankewn (16 comments)

I must have missed the 'pruning' of the roses !!! ahem !! Usually you prune them before they start to shoot in the spring months. Some people prune in the autumn. You just take out the spindly stuff, and cut just above an outward facing 'eye' – making the bush about … 1 foot or so tall in its first year or two .. and then letting it get bigger. Take out crossed branches too ! BUT … is that rose a bush or a climber … I can't quite see … as pruning is a bit different!! Good luck … your garden looks lovely !! Did you cook that giant zucchino ? We call them marrows in the UK !

Susankewn (16 comments)

Hi… yes… FEMALE dog pee will do that ! Its very common. There is not a lot you can do with it .. but train your dog to pee elsewhere when you walk her .. or .. in one spot! We had this problem too in Scotland, only our dear doggy decided to pee in a sort of 5ft area… which just DIED! Some people watch their dogs like hawks .. and throw a bucket of water over the area if they pee!! I tried that but found it next to impossible to watch her 24/7 !! And you with a new baby … !! Later you will get more grass on these spots… longer than the rest even … as dog pee is full of nitrogen !!

Mamatha (68 comments)

I'm in love with your garden. Those roses are a sight to behold.

FTJourney (2 comments)

The tomatoes look delicious! And I've never seen a baby watermelon before – I had no idea they were so fuzzy.

Kathryn Garson (54 comments)

Nice garden!
I just started tomatoes this year but had a pepper plant last year. This year I have 6 pepper plants, some in pots some in the garden. The ones in pots are doing way better, and I never water them. I have a feeling pepper plants need a lot less water than tomatoes.

Elizabeth (1 comments)

Those tomatoes look fantastic!

Karen (9 comments)

Beautiful garden, it gives me hope for my own! Thanks for sharing

Erin (3 comments)

The garden looks great! Next year I will be setting up something like that. This year its just a few pots on the deck to get me started. I have to say, I don't think I have ever seen an artichoke plant before…..hrmmm.

The spots are because the dog is 'over fertilizing' the area with nitrogen, usually when the urine is most concentrated like say AM potty time. I don't recommend the OTC products that change the urine composition as sometimes those can lead to bladder infections. You can train the dog to go in another area of the yard with treats and leash (like on rocks on the side of the house), you can fence off an area for 'potty time', or you can try and dilute the urine by running sprinklers after usual morning business, or the more time consuming option of following them around with a pitcher of water…lol. I have heard folks say you can change the composition of soil with lime over time and alleviate the problems, but that seems to be mixed results. Our method, we usually just rake out the dead grass and patch with seed a couple times a year. Oh, and make sure to pick up stool every couple of days, it can cause burn marks over time as well.

Oops…sorry, garden conversation and I went all dog business!

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