Sunday, July 24, 2011

Green Grape/Black Cherry

These are my two favorite cherry-sized tomatoes. They are not overly sweet, more tomatoey and acidic. Plus, don't they look pretty together? These are the first Green Grape of the season. The plants, 4 in number, are growing in burlap bags across the street from our house, against a brick wall. They are untrained and sprawling. Looking for tomatoes is like going on an easter egg hunt. The guys that come to mow the lot have graciously avoided weed wacking them. I plan to repay their kindness with tomatoes. A fun fact? Green Grape was introduced in 1983 by Tom Wagner of Tater Mater Seeds in California. He crossed the green heirloom Evergreen with the diminutive Yellow Pear. What a good idea.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Time for Garlic and Wineberries

Costata Romanesco zucchini (the best...has a nutty flavor!), Benning's Green Pattypan Squash and some pickling cukes.

Rubus phoenicolasius, or wineberry, grows wild and crazy in the back of our garden lot. The spiny canes produces very juicy, delicate berries for just a few short weeks. Farewell, wineberry.

Jason is flabbergasted by delicious garlic fumes.

Garlic going for a rest.

Czech Black Pepper. So showy. So nice.

Queen Bee and Such.

Here are a few photos Jason took of our last hive inspection.

See that long abdomen hiding along the wooden endbar? Thats Queen Bee from Hive B. I would wager the bees circled around her are her attendants.

Here she is again, a bit blurry, the bee with the white dot.

Gosh. Wow. Honey.

Bees and brood. When the new workers are ready to come out, they chew their way out and come out as new, fuzzy, slightly lighter colored new bees. Then, of course, they get right to work.