Monday, July 24

Sunday Evenings in the Garden + Growing Heirloom Tomatoes, The Old School Italian Way

It was a quiet Sunday evening with a pleasant breeze and gorgeous light so we slipped on our clogs and happily spent the next hour together in the garden - collecting dinner, watering & taking photos with the cats playing at our feet.

This summer it's been hot! Hot and dry. Jason spends about 3-4 hours each day in the garden watering, pruning and picking. It takes a lot of work and dedication to keep it looking this good any season let alone one without any rain. The peppers love the heat but everything else is starting to suffer or grow slightly stunted. Each year its a new adventure and lesson in the garden!

I think today will be our first real tomato harvest and tomorrow we will begin jarring! Here's a look at a few of our 400+ tomatoes in 18 varieties - just amazing! Keep scrolling to the bottom of the post to watch our Facebook LIVE video we filmed at sunrise earlier in the week with a garden/tomato update and old school Italian growing tips!

Here's the video: Sunrise in the Garden

Jason explains it in detail in the video but this is the old school Italian way of growing tomatoes (Gaggi approved - actually it's considered the only choice) crossing bamboo and training the tomatoes up the poles, tying them as they grow.

How's your garden growing??
Next year we plan to do raised beds and have a drip water system - Jason's already busy planning the next garden...for a kid that grew up in the suburbs without a clue which way to plant a seed, he sure has taken to this country living and loves every minute of it!  His next big idea...a milk cow!

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