Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Garden Growth


Shadows replicate their subjects and surroundings. Perhaps the original in shape, or the external mood surrounding the subject.

From warm Brisbane, Tracy, aka: Hey Harriet, allows us to try both. The garden growth here includes Sweet 100 tomatoes. The home garden gives us a wonderful bounty of tasty fruit. Picture a summer salad in August (in the USA) of these, fresh garden grown basil and mozzarella. I can, and often do...

Patti (pics. 1 and 2) and I love to first chronicle the harvest in photos. And then enjoy for dinner :>)







Hot peppers of many hues sit in a colorful bowl in August. The peppers seem to glow of the sun while the shadows beneath the bowl do not intrude on the harvest.

You will do well to wear food prep gloves, take out the seeds and whatever you do, do not bite into one of these. Take my word for it, they were really hot...










Naturally, the plants have to start somewhere. That would be in early May, in 5 gallon (18 L) pots along the sunny summer side of the garage. We use the large contractor and cat litter pails. Not planted in stylish clay pots, but the plants don't notice that.

With their short roots, tomatoes, peppers and herbs grow nicely. One might never think the small and delicate seedlings could yield such delicious fruit, in taste and even in shadows...

However, we know better!





37 comments:

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

tomato shadow
almost as luscious as fruit
more mysterious

Forlorn Shadows

Spiderdama said...

The tomato shadow is great!

Sweet Repose said...

Now all ya need is a Vidalia onion, some cheese and a good beer...thanks for the memories of a summer's past...and the dreams of a quick return...we've had a wet snow and more on the way for a couple of days to come.

However, it just feels like spring is getting closer, I see it in the sky and the sound of the birds...it's different!

Happy weekend!

Sylvia K said...

The tomatoes and the peppers look terrific! Makes me hungry just looking at them! And they do make tasty shadows! Now if spring and planting time will just hurry and get here!! Hope you have a great weekend, Ralph!

Sylvia

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hmmm... you make me drool thinking of the fresh green veges.

I love cherry tomatoes then with a drop of olive oil & cottage cheese?

Thanks for my good dinner, bro. Loving it.

Hope your in the best of everything.

hugs to all...
xoxo

Martha Z said...

Why did I toss out all those five gallon tubs? I didn't think of them as planters.
I too am thinking summer garden as I nurse my tomato, eggplant and pepper seedlings.

frayedattheedge said...

Lovely shadows of the tomatoes .... and the peppers - delicious

chubskulit said...

healthy and fresh!

Flowers in the Walkwaysis my contribution to SSS.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots.

LDH said...

Hello Ralph!

So nice to see these shadow shots and begin contemplating the growing season. Looks like you get a lot going in the buckets and have a head start on harvesting.

Do you enjoy hot peppers? Save the tame bell peppers for me.

Nice visiting with you!
Kindly, ldh

Jen said...

Happy SSS.
Oh you make me hungry for spring time.

bobbie said...

a very clever post! Beautiful pictures.

Coffeedoff said...

Great shadow on the tomatos

Rosebud Collection said...

Beautiful shots..Nothing like your own veggies. Have to pass on the hot peppers. We grow the sweet ones, because I am a ninny and can't eat those hot ones.
Happy SSS.

Gunsside said...

Nice shots, of your homemade veggis, thanks for shearing ;)

Sam said...

Very pretty tomato shot! It's so lovely you grow your own vegetables - I bet they taste better than ones bought in a store!

Hot Fudge said...

There's nothing quite like home grown tomatoes, is there? Mmmm ... I can almost smell them from here. Lovely shots. Let's hope it won't be too long before your summer garden is producing beautiful tomatoes and peppers again.

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

I love the tomato shadows!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What great pictures...those home-grown tomatoes make our mouths water - the ones in the store right now...well, they don't do tomatoes justice, do they? Love the pepper picture as well - we just love the way the pattern of the bowl makes them look like wonderful, glorious peppers!
Have a great week Ralph!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Thanks Ralph - one of the better kept fire escapes as they go! Your veggies look inviting to eat and the toms throw a nice shadow!

Paula Scott said...

Those cherry tomato(e) shadows have a personality all their own, don't they?

BLOGitse said...

yummy, colourful breakfast here!
Soon it'll be there too - spring!
Happy SS Sunday!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

Ann said...

heheheh,

I have the same ex-paint buckets with chilli growing in them.

I went to a very long holiday in Australia, and came back to late to grow anything.

My elderly neighbour told me to get some potting mix and he supplied the buckets and grew 6 buckets for me.

I emailed my friend whose son I mentioned in my post. Yes, they are hoping young Alex now 16 would carry the flag during the Olympics. Alex plays wheel chair Olympics. His Dad pushes him in marathons to raise money.

How did I get to know Alex who lives half way round the world from me? Alex and my son have Campomelic syndrome. Many of the kids need wheel chairs. Except for my son, he was the worst case scenario, he doesn't need a wheel chair. He has legs in Heaven.

Hey Harriet said...

Oooh yummy! Those tomatoes look delicious. There's nothing nicer than food grown in your own garden. That's such a nifty idea to grow things in those big 5 gallon pots. I've never seen that done before!

Carin said...

Mmmm own grown tomatoes are the best! They give delicious shadows too. Great entry!

Birgitta said...

Like those tomatoes! Good shots!

Cassie said...

What yummy looking tomatoes! Homegrown are the best. You always have great narratives to go with your shadow shots!

Greyscale Territory said...

A most interesting post! Ah!! Tomatoes! How I love them almost any time! Cherry tomatoes I can eat as a fruit!

Eden said...

Wow, you have great tomatoe and pepper shadows here, Ralph. I grow hot chilies and tomatoes too on my ground garden

JOE TODD said...

Enjoyed your shadow shots.One side of my house is almost exactly like yours.Most of my backyard is a garden for fruits and vegetables. Will soon be time to start the plants fromseed here in Ohio..

Riet said...

Great shadows pictures. I love those tomatoes peppers are too hot for me.

jabblog said...

Gorgeous, luscious vegetables - very mouth-watering, even without the shadows!

Dimple said...

Tomatoes, Yum! I just had lunch, but now I'm hungry again! I will have to raise some tomatoes this year!

Small Reflections said...

Marvelous shadows and kewl ideas ... wish I had some of those tasty tomatoes to go with the avocado on my counter right about now ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Catherine said...

love those cute tomato shadows in the first shot...

Stine in Ontario said...

Great post, Ralph. Soon we will be planting seeds! YAY!

maryt/theteach said...

You are like me Ralph... Can't stop taking shadows when the sun is out and shining! Right? :)