From the Garden!

Opalka heirloom tomatoes.  I found the seeds to this variety online and thought I’d give them a try.

 

Another variety I found are Ildi. So far they are doing great growing in 5 gallon buckets.  Over all I have about 10 different varieties growing this year.

Tomato Heaven – Spring is Coming!

So far this month I’ve only decided on one vegetable to plant. Tomato! I also may need to rethink the garden layout since I’ll be planting about 15 different varieties of tomato! Yes, I got a little crazy with my seeds this year and I’ve also ordered more! This summer the pressure canner will be working overtime. Instead of picking up seeds at the local store or co-op I decided to go a different route and find some tomato varieties that I’ve not grown before. Browsing the internet also provides me with some ideas on which seeds to seek out. Over at InternetArchive.org I stumbled upon a collection of old seed catalogs. Its interesting to see what people were planting over 100 years ago in the southern United States and what vegetables were popular.


The tomato varieties that I plan on growing this year are: Ponderosa Pink, Orange Banana, Striped Stuffer, Black from Tula, ILDI, 1884, Charlie Chaplin, Opalka, St. Ivy, and if you live in a hot humid location like me you probably have these tomatoes on had to plant too!
I can’t wait for my new order of tomato seeds to arrive. I even found a variety of the Stone tomato that is in the 1904 catalog. Ok, it may not be the exact variety, but I do love my tomatoes!
By chance if you are a tomato lover too, then check out Tomato Fest by visiting the link below. They have a large variety of tomato seeds and a ton of helpful information and videos.

 

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Guess What Is For Dinner?

Fresh picked from the garden today! Tomatoes, okra, and peppers!

There is nothing like some fresh veggies for dinner!  I only have about eight okra plants so I’ll dice up a little green tomato to go along with it.  Actually the rain knocked off a tomato that was not quite ripe but no longer green, so I’ll try using that one instead.

I even have a little onion that I’ll add along to spice things up a little bit!

 

Ok, now I’m hungry!  Off to cook!

Fried Green Tomatoes

Classic Fried Green Tomatoes

4 to 6 green tomatoes
salt and pepper
cornmeal
bacon grease or vegetable oil

Slice the tomatoes into 1/4 – 1/2-inch slices. Salt and pepper them to taste. Dip in meal and fry in hot grease or oil about 3 minutes or until golden on bottom. Gently turn and fry the other side. Serve as a side dish – delicious with breakfast!