This post allowed me to create a new category, "Gardening." Please, readers, do not get very excited because I have a brownish-yellow thumb at best, but apparantly I can at least grow tomatoes. I can also grow fennel, oregano and thyme. The fennel is so prolific Husband and I are considering planting an entire fennel bed next year. Not so fortunate items in my garden this summer include mache (lamb's lettuce), basil and catnip, although the catnip isn't my fault. The neighborhood cats have practically dug it from the ground.
I was just telling Husband as we were driving home from North Carolina how I expected there to be tomatoes on our tomato plants when we returned home. He laughed at me, as we were only gone 4 days; I think I might have previously mentioned my instant-gratification-seeking disorder. But, I was rewarderd! We have a few teeny tiny tomatoes! Now, providing they aren't eaten by the roving packs of partially domesticated Central Ohio raccoons, I should have tomato salads grown in my own back yard in a month or so.
My first tomato is a green zebra, given to Husband and me by our very green-thumbed friend Chef Ben. Thanks, Chef Ben! Ben manages to grow enough tomatoes to sell to at least one local restaurant on his tiny piece of land in Victorian Village. He grew so many tomato plants from seeds this year he's been giving them away - Husband took so many I had to remind him we have a tiny little yard with only a little sunlight:
Second tomato is a red pear plant from the good people at Good Start at the Worthington Farmer's Market:
I will keep you posted as either the tomatoes continue to grow or are heartbreakingly eaten by the aforementioned neighborhood pests.