Friday, August 27, 2010


We should have got pics earlier because today we discovered...

They devoured a ton of our tomato and tomatillo plants in just a week!

We learned a lot this year about gardening in So Utah. The most important lesson was probably not to plant so early. We may not have frost, but we have wind! Our tomatoes never fully recovered. We also tried tomatillos because John loves salsa verde -
and they took us by surprise....
It has been full and flowering for months but we are just now starting to see tomatillos form.

Our green beans also took a serious hit with the wind and then we got 1 little green bean, about 2 inches long. We never lost hope and....

Our zucchini had no problems. In fact when the tomatillos took over everything they just went sideways. Our peppers on the other hand...
Somewhere under the tomatillos there are 2 more peppers and a jalapeno
but I cant find them, no really Ive looked!

And then our tomatoes...
Our plants were so full for a while but there were only 1 or 2 tomatoes on each plant. Now there are finally more tomatoes but the caterpillars did a lot of damage so we will see. I really want to get at least 1 batch of salsa to can. Maybe two...pretty please tomatoes!

As for the strawberries they were tiny and they didn't taste great but the plants did well and are still going. They are perennials so maybe they will come back bigger and better next year. Our oregano and rosemary did great but our basil was sad, so so sad. So much for brushetta all summer long.

Next year we will be so much more prepared!

3 comments:

Mae said...

Those caterpillars are tomato horn worm. They make good fishing bait if you can get over the popping sound they make when you pick them off.

If your tomatillos, tomatoes, and peppers ever get too big and bushy and don't seem to be producing, just pinch them off at all the ends (top, sides, etc) and they'll stop producing vegetatively (the green leafy parts) and start growing flowers and fruit.

I'm impressed with your garden! And I think Zucchini will be growing after the Apocolypse because those things can't be killed, deterred, or stopped in any way.

Pam (Haslem) Dana said...

Your garden kicked my gardens trash! haha :)

Also, just so you know.. my dad who had crazy amazing tomato plants last year got crappy ones this year too. His have only given him a few per plant. I'm for sure thinking next year will be better.

Abbie said...

I keep checking my tomatos for those catapillers...none to be found...yet. I have about a gazillion jalepenos, so if you are in need of some, call me. I planted them by mistake, of course. Your garden looks great!