Sunday, July 12, 2009

Uh oh. The Tomatillos are Blooming.

Only a foot tall and blooming already. Considering they're going to get at least 5 feet taller... and bushy... and covered in blooms... and fruit...
Okey, dokey. Salsa for everybody!

I was going to call this post "Can't post! Spinning!" ala our Team Crankypants Fearless Leader (Go Team Crankypants! Phhhhlllllbbbbttttt!!!) but spinning isn't all that's going on around here.

We're only moments mere days away from picking peas! We check them about every hour or so. "Are they peas, yet?" "No." "Are they peas, yet?" "No."

And there are tomatoes forming in the hoophouse. Only eleventy skillion years till they're ripe... Luckily time flashes by at a breath-taking rate.

And there are peppers!
And basil! This plant is tucked into the tomato plants and is very happy. It was about 2 feet tall, until we voted to have pesto for supper tonight. It's slightly shorter now. And nakeder.

Madman has been harvesting poplar saplings for uses around the place. Here's the grape arbor he built last year. Underneath the arbor (and the plastic and the log...) is a very large stone that we use for a bench. (When it's not under a piece of plastic and a log.) It's about 2' by 2.5' by 8' - and is a pleasant place to sit in the summer, shaded by the apple tree and the grapevine.

Here's a view from the upper end of our garden, looking down over the beans, toward the squash and cucumber hills. Those posts are more of his saplings, set in to support our climbing green beans. (Johnny's Seeds Fortex) And, yes, those poles are overkill. They would support gorillas. Madman is very thorough.

Here's the same posts from the side. Notice anything odd about the closest post?

Here's a closer view.

Madman may have set that post when it was a little too green... It's growing.

And that sky? That's what we've been looking at for most of the spring and summer.
Not Blue.


pacalaga said...

LOVELOVELOVE the growing fencepost. Also, there's something to love about a man for whom everything is built to survive tornadoes and hurricanes. I'm just glad I'm not the one who has to dismantle it.
Prickly pear grow in odd places around here, thanks to the birds that eat the fruit. I've seen one growing in the blades on the trunk of a palm tree, and one growing in the gutter of a metal carport. I like your fencepost better.

Laurie said...

Overengineering is a good thing. And yes, I love the fencepost. Something very organic and right about that.

Anna M said...

Okay, now I know that my husband and your husband will get along just peachy. Over engineering is what I get around here too. Although... my trellis ain't green *g*

Your garden looks amazing! We're done with peas and have tons of tomato blossoms but no tomatoes. Crossing my fingers!

Cookie said...

Love it all!

Norma said...

When you said poplar, I got a sinking feeling. And then.... Heh.

That stuff is going to be the end of me. Rooting up all over the damn place around here.

Diane said...

Are they peas yet?

Leigh said...

Wow, those are some scary physalis/tomatillos - if you have any ripe ones to spare, I'd love to do a taste test. You're way ahead of us with the hoop house. Our tomatoes (about 70 plants) are sulking with the lack of sun, cool temperatures and their nakedness... They're very healthy looking but most are just beginning to blossom and a few fruits set. Gee, I wonder if the laundry will dry today...