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2nd Annual Tomato Wars

The “Tomato Wars” started at the end of the gardening season last year. We were cleaning up the garden and getting it ready to till up when someone thought it would be a good idea to toss an over ripe tomato at my lovely wife. Well that caused quite the bloody, just tomato blood, conflict in our little clan.

The kids have been talking about our tomato war all summer long. We finally let them have their little war on 10/13. This year’s didn’t go as well as the first. There were a lot more tears in this year’s “conflict”. I think it was due to us being more diligent this year in removing most of the ripe tomatoes, thus leaving more green, hard tomatoes for the war. I think everybody got pegged by one of those owie things. I think we may do something different next year.

Here’s our video of the event. It’s very shaky and I’m definitely not destined for fame in the film industry. Maybe I’ll get a helmet camera for next year:

Love My Hot Stuff

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that this post is about my smokin’ wife but sadly it is not. She is most definitely my hot stuff but I’m referring to something not as hot, those beautiful peppers. I absolutely love spicy food.

We were at my in-laws’ house last weekend for a birthday party and someone brought some fresh salsa. I was way excited and then my father-in-law stated that the salsa was probably not the type of salsa I would enjoy. I thought, “Hey it’s salsa, it’s got to be good.” But I was wrong, the “salsa” was basically pureed tomatoes  and poured into a bowl. So disappointing…..

The above picture is some of our blessed crop from the garden. For some reason we only had a couple of plants survive this year which is very disappointing compared to last year. We had enough peppers to do two batches of salsa and for a whopping TWO bottles of canned jalapeños. I almost don’t want to open these bottles because I think they look awesome. There is something just super satisfying about growing and canning your own crop. You can see these beauties in the below picture, I think they look lonely.  Necesito mas.

 

Our Apple Tree

We were very excited two years ago to plant our very first fruit tree. It was an apple that had five different apple varieties grafted into the tree. Unfortunately we happen to have very “hungry” pigmy goats that like apple tree leaves and limbs. They got loose one day and reduced the five variety apple tree to a three variety apple tree.

We were a little disappointed last summer to only see flowers bloom but no fruit. So this year we were super excited to see five apples emerge from the blooms. But again due to the Pygmy Twins and wind, our bountiful crop was reduced to two apples. They look very delicious and we cannot wait to give them a try. We’re hoping next year we’ll do better about keeping our naughty little goats away and receiving a bit larger crop.