Garden Snapshot

Rutgers Heirloom Tomatoes

Rutgers Heirloom Tomatoes

Tomatoes - Rutgers, 002

June has been one of the wettest I can remember.  In between showers I took my basket to the garden to cut blooms for drying.  Along the way I visited my 7 Rutgers tomato plants.  I am ridiculously proud of them, having raised them from a seed.  Heirlooms have the bonus attribute of being able to reproduce themselves.  The stand above is now second generation.  I am hoping the weather fronts provide enough sun to produce lots of red ripe fruit.

Even a short trip to my garden produced 3 bunches of Larkspur, 3 bunches of white yarrow and 2 bunches of Lambs Ear to hang for drying.  The beams of the great room ceiling are filling with colorful everlastings.  By September I will have enough of both blooms and fillers to create dried flower wreaths.




About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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