Our First Tomato

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  1. Babs Hunt

    Babs Hunt Very Well-Known Member
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    My one tomato plant "bit the dust" with our help after blessing us with about 8 tomatoes and at least 4 that the birds decided they wanted to eat. :) But our bell pepper plant is full of bell peppers in different sizes so once again we will have plenty to cut up and freeze for winter stews, etc.

    At one time I loved big gardens and only got a time or two to actually experience growing those. Now just having a plant or two that grows things we like to eat is plenty for us and we are thankful for the blessing of real home grown veggies no matter how many or how few. :)
     
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    Tomatoes have always been a 'hit and miss' affair around my house. Bigger gardens are much harder as we age. Like fishing, I finally decided gardening was not my cup of tea. Finally learned I'm not good at anything. Maybe I'd make a critic.
     
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    Our tomatoes have done okay this year. We've canned 18 pints of salsa and 5 quarts of whole tomatoes besides what we've been eating. They are still producing but starting to get smaller.

    I agree @Bill Boggs, gardening is getting harder and harder. I'm only growing in raised beds now, but still have trouble keeping up.
     
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    Our bell pepper plant although yielding many bell peppers for us has also grown very different this year from the years before. The middle picture shows how tall it got, but most of the bell peppers are growing in the dense part at the top of the plant. There are ten to twelve bell peppers growing in that density and although I don't think they will be able to grow to full size...with what the plant has already produced we will have plenty to chop and freeze for winter stews, etc. :)
     
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    That looks so good. My father used to have a tomato garden and had the best tomatoes I've ever eaten.
     
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    We've never had much success with tomatoes. This year, we planted twenty-four tomato plants. While they are all healthy looking plants, we have only three small tomatoes between them all. Others are just now late blossoming, and will probably never be able to produce much of anything before the cold weather comes.
     
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    We never had much luck with tomatoes. One good or fair year to three bad ones. Never tried bell peppers. Fact is, don't know how to eat peppers. What do you do with a bell pepper? I see green and yellow, orange, and red bell peppers at the grocery market but what do you do with them?
     
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    Did you try growing some of the cherry tomato plants @Ken Anderson?
     
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    You're kidding...right?

    You eat them. Eat them raw, use them in sautées along with onions etc. stuff them. I'm sure you've eaten food with green peppers in them. :)
     
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    Bell Peppers are very nutritious and you can eat them raw, or with dips, stuff them with just about anything, and use them in stews, soups, stir fries, dried beans, etc. Here in Louisiana bell peppers are a staple cajun cooks would not be without just like onion and garlic...and lots of spicy seasoning! :)
     
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    Think Ill give them try. There's four colors, any difference in taste or heat in the different colors.
     
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    I probably have but have never used them in my home to cook with or use.
     
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    No, I don't think I've ever tried to grow cherry tomatoes.
     
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    We Rajun-Cajun cooks use mainly the green bell peppers for cooking, but the "Yankie" part of me is a little rebellious and went and tried the yellow and red varieties too. I'm not sure about that fourth color Bill...but the three colors I've tried all have their own unique flavors with the yellow and red being a sweeter taste to me then the green. I love to see all those pretty colors in my home made chicken or beef vegetable soups though and the flavors just blend so well together too. I would try a bite of each one just "in the raw" :) and then try adding some to things you like to cook. They are flavorful and chocked full of good things for your body and will give some zip to foods that may have become bland after all this time. Let me know if you like them, and have a favorite. They are very easy to grow. In fact, one green bell pepper plant would not die through 3 planting seasons, and even when the flood of 2016 came and covered it, it still had bell peppers on it...but I told my Honey to throw the plant away because "flood seasoning" on my bell peppers was not something I wanted to experiment with. :p
     
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    I hear that about pepper plants. I've bought the bells before but eventually throw them out. I'll get a couple and give them a try, maybe grilled in the pan.
     
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    None of the varieties are really hot peppers like the jalepenos...they just spice up your foods and are good for you too. I hope you enjoy them. :)
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    @Bill Boggs , if you want something really delicious, fry some green peppers and onions in a little bit of butter. Fry a thick slab of baloney, put it on a bun, top it with the green peppers and onions. Food fit for a king. Or you and me. ;)
     
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