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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Monday, August 16, 2010

E is for Enormous Edibles

Last summer, Lorne planted 6 tomato plants that grew to be over 7 feet tall. We had an enormous crop of both red and green tomatoes but we ended up having to throw a lot out. I even made a batch of green tomato pickle relish that we haven't managed to eat yet, even though I gave some away!
Ergo, this spring I suggested that we only do 3 or 4 plants. However, "he" ended up getting double the plants we had last year - 12 - so we now have an extremely enormous crop of tomatoes! They're all still green, but eventually, they will ripen and we'll be giving them away! Let's hope we don't get an early fall and they all end up rotting on the vines! The photo only shows part of the crop, too!
Last weeked, Daughter #1 stopped by with the two grandchildren and they were so excited to see these enormous plants. They spent at least half an hour helping 6'2" Lorne water them with his "special" water (full of some sort of growth enhancer). Sure was an easy way to entertain little ones!


30 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I like people who don't do things by halves!

Liz said...

We have loads of green tomatoes just waiting for us to go on holiday so they can ripen.

Gramma Ann said...

That was fun, nothing tastes better than home grown tomatoes. We have had a few already this year. Our dear neighbors share them with us. Oh so juicy and good.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I love home grown tomatoes! Great E words for the day Leslie! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Jingle said...

great e post..
love tomatoes..
smart move.

MorningAJ said...

The secret is to nip the growing tips out when they set four trusses of tomatoes. Stops them getting too huger and makes the tomatoes taste better. Honest. My dad told me that.

Roger Owen Green said...

I read somewhere very recently that you're supposed to prune the vines to 2 or 3 plants per stalk. I don't actually GROW anything, tho, so that's FWIW.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Hildred and Charles said...

Oh Leslie, I have great Empathy for you.... in the days when we grew tomatoes as a cash crop (waiting for our orchard to mature) tomatoes went on and on and on producing, and sometimes we were still picking tomatoes in October, praying for frost! Now they produce and are over and done with - born 50 years too early....

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow that is a lot. Our tomatoes aren't doing well this year. Wish we are neighbors I'll just ask for some ^_^ Happy tuesday!
ABC Wednesday~E

Leo said...

there's something about green tomatoes that I find very attractive to see and delicious to eat :D

My ABC W E

Carver said...

You are right that is an enormous tomato crop. I love tomatoes straight of the vine and besides giving them away, extras are good for tomato sauces and such. Great take on the letter E.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this nice post and video! Great tomatoes and so big!. I bought a bottle with dried tomatoes. They taste very nice with meat.
Thanks for your visit and kind comment.I like to visit you too, Leslie!

Paula Scott said...

Whoa!!! That is tremendously enormous!
Time to make BLT's!

photowannabe said...

We must do tomatoes next season. Yours look scrumptious.
Enormous Edibles certainly describes your post.

Wanda said...

And I thought or tomato plant was tall.... Wow...in fact we had fresh tomatoes tonight...

Nice slide show.

Tumblewords: said...

Excellent idea to have too many tomatoes - so much better than having none or too few! :) Great slides - a fun time for sure.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh my goodness. They really are enormous. What beautiful plants. Such a perfect E post! Love it!

Annelie said...

Wow! I wish it was me, I love tomatoes, in all forms....

Annelie E
ABC Wednesday Team

Cheryl said...

One thing about tomatoes, when the do well, the do really really really well. Have you tried taking off the tops and bottoms, slicing them once, then tossing them in a blender? Freeze 'em up then take them out to make home-made sauces. No parboiling and skinning required. You reduce them when you make the sauce. They store really easily in ziploc bags. Really compact in the freezer.

This was an enormously fun post for E.

jabblog said...

Please tell us the secret! Tomatoes just will not grow for us, other than a few misshapen samples.

LisaF said...

Let me know if it gets too late in the season to pick. I'll send my golden retriever over. He LOVES eating tomatoes...picks them right off the vine. Doesn't matter if they are green yellow or red!

Nanka said...

Enormous tomatoes..
Looks great :)
Have a good week ahead, Leslie.

Powell River Books said...

Those are Enormous Edibles. You'll have more than enough tomatoes for sure. I had to leave my garden for a week in this heat. My friend John will water twice for me, but with all the recent heat I'm not sure some of the delicate things will last. Oh well, you can only do so much. - Margy

Linda said...

I'd say those are enormous tomato plants. What a fun read. Here's wishing your green tomatoes turn bright red.


LInda
ABC Wednesday Team

jay said...

Oooh, you could make your own spaghetti sauce!! That's what I'd do. ;)

Lovely big plants.

Dani said...

great post. We have home grown tomatoes. Not this enormous, though. Love their smell.

Shrinky said...

Your grandbabies are simply adorable! Oh, the banes of living with a green-fingered man, I truly do feel your pain (grin). It's the courgettes this year - the size of marrows - endless piles he harvests for me. I no sooner invent another weird and wonderful way to use them up, than I turn around to be confronted with yet another mound screaming for attention! Our tomatoes are a little more manageable this year (fingers crossed).

nancygrayce said...

Beautiful plants! If that's a recent picture, Lorne sure looks great! And those grands, they're such cute helpers!

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

Green tomatoes holds a lot of promises.

Gramma Ann said...

Hi Leslie,

I was just wondering what does Pedalogue mean? I couldn't find it in my dictionary. So was just wondering. I guess you could say, I have an inquiring mind. ; ) or maybe I'm just downright nosy! hee, hee.