Garden Bounty

The harvest is almost done. That is the third load of tomatoes. With pepper and Scallion on top. I am chopping, bagging and freezing like Depression Era grandmother.

Full 7 Levels

Seen here ferociously guarded by a bird, the tomato plants have fulfilled there assigned destiny and filled all 7 levels of the cage. I really did not think this would happen. Now if we could just get one tomato I might feel it was worth the expense. I might.

New Ear

The first ear of corn pushed silk out today. Karen counted 4 ears. Might get a dozen out of this crop.

First Plum Tomato

The first fruit of the tomato vines has made an appearance. These are on the Roma vine. Hopefully more will appear soon. The flowers are abundant, just no fruit yet.

Level 4

This is the critical level! The smaller cages stop here at Level 4. If the tomato plant gets larger than this (it will) then the taller cage was the wise investment.


This is the bulk of the harvest from the raspberry bushes. I took two early harvests, each of them was half this size. They are really sweet.

I had to fight the birds for every berry. Netting, posts, dogs chasing them, unshielded bush on the side yard, nothing seemed to stop the attempts to steal my berries. All that effort for maybe $8 worth of berries. I have to rethink my gardening strategy.


Grow, baby, grow! This is the first (recognizable) cucumber of the season. I don’t like them, but I like growing stuff. Especially stuff I can see grow on my daily walk of the garden.

It is really warty.

Level 3

We have reached level 3. We have now passed the extension joints. Wise decision, Jim, wise despite your doubts.

Level 2

The tomato plant has reached level 2 (of 7). Maybe the cages were not so optimistic.

Fruit Burst

The Raspberries have burst, summer can now begin.

We have cultivated several square yards of our little lake lot. Mostly herbs and vegetables, but I managed to squeeze a few fruit bushes in the less sunny spots. This is a native ( it was growing on the lot when I got here) berry bush. I created a nice spot for it, raised a bed for it, put some weed cover down and placed a bird net around it. I might get to eat one or two of these berries before the wildlife gets them all.