July 19, 2012
chard, mint, tomatoes
Todays harvest included lots of small tomatoes, some mixed varietys of chard, and a hand full of mint that will go in tabouli and iced tea.
This is how I keep the mint under control: every day I make sun tea. I snip a
bit of mint off one of the four varieties each day. So, once or twice a week each mint (or the lemon balm) gets a bit of a trim. And I get fresh mint for cooking or for my sun tea.
The tomatoes are mostly Riesentraube Cherry Tomatoes, an old Pennsylvania Dutch heirloom tomato meaning “giant bunches of grapes.” They are larger than most cherry tomatoes. and the distinctive thing about them is the little pointy nipple on the end of every tomato.
tlnb – the little neighbor boy- came by today and told us we would miss him this week because he was going on vacation. I suspect he is right. We do miss our frequent garden guest when he doesn’t come around.
He’s just as cute a Dennis the menace and asks dozens of questions at every visit. Lately he can also answer some of the questions.
“Why do you garden so much?” he asked.
“I know. You like to know where your food comes from and gardening reminds you of your mother and your grandmother,” he answered.