I love fresh fruits & veggies. It's one of my favorite things about summer. I remember spending summer days helping my dad cut okra, pick and shell peas, gravel potatoes, shuck corn and gather tomatoes. I was always the most excited about the watermelon though. I loved watching them grow from those adorable little miniature fruits into full grown juicy sweet goodness. Even today, when summer rolls around, I start looking forward to the gifts I'm sure to receive from my dad's garden. But living seven hours away from my parents means fewer trips home and fewer of those gifts. So, a couple of summers ago I decided to grow a couple of different types of tomatoes in containers on my deck and had great success. They were wonderful for salad but not for slicing for sandwiches. Tomato sandwiches are my favorite things to eat in the summer followed closely by tomato biscuits so having an abundance of fresh slicing tomatoes is a must. Last summer I never got around to planting anything and really missed those tomatoes. So this year I decided to try container gardening again. And I decided to add a little variety.
I planted Cherry tomatoes for salads, green bell peppers, strawberries, sweet peppers, jalapeno peppers(for The Man) and regular tomatoes for sandwiches and such. I figured this was a good variety to start with although I may still add a few herbs next week. I can hardly wait until they're ready. Actually, I already have a couple of strawberries. They're awfully tiny but its a start.
So, while I still don't get the full abundance and variety of my dad's garden on a regular basis, I'm filling in the gap a bit. I can always pick up the other things at the farmer's market.
One thing I have that we didn't have growing up is a cherry tree.
The cherries are starting to turn now. It won't be long until they're ripe. I can already taste the fresh cherry cobbler. Mmm.