Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Home Grown Tomatoes!

Today's Wonder of the World is...Home Grown Tomatoes!

flickr photo from sunni.bryant
Look! That one is smiling at you!

Home grown tomatoes always make me smile.
Even the Frankenstein ones.

flickr photo from dgans

However, I'm not sure that I'm ready for tomato candy.

flickr photo from amasc
Although ketchup is kind of like tomato candy.

Whenever I think of ketchup, I think of this pirate friend of Sammy's. (Yes my child is in the dog suit, wearing a gas mask.)

This little pirate used to call ketchup kebbage. So naturally kebbage became the official Ramsey word for ketchup. It's so fun to say, "Please pass the kebbage."
Maybe we're just easily amused.

I've been thinking a lot about home grown tomatoes because it's harvest time on our back forty.
Remember our back forty?

Yes, we have our entire garden growing out of a coffee table. If you missed that post, it's HERE.
There's a reason for this tabletop garden madness.
Here's the reason.

Tanner The Slobber Dog eats everything within his reach.
And he digs and digs. Once he's got lots of mud between his doggy toes, he runs in the den and sprawls out on the couch.

Like this.

Table top gardening is the only way to go.
And the harvest is like treasure hunting. Remember treasure hunting? HERE?

See the tomato through all that green?

Of course, if the tomatoes looked like this one, Tanner might leave them alone.

flickr photo from ranmanekineko
I love tomatoes so much that I wouldn't mind doing the Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater thing and sit in a tomato and eat my way out. (For the record I don't like that rhyme. Vegetable/fruit imprisonment is just wrong.)
Or I could just go to Japan and pretend.

flickr photo from Edica-sensei

Here's another kind of tomato I like.

flickr photo from Crafty Bitch

I sew because much of my furniture comes already broken in (read: yard sales and consignment shops) and I'm too cheap to pay people to recover it. I've grown so attached to my tomato pin cushion that I included it in a painting I did in France.
(Try living in France without wanting to paint! It can't be done!)

Because I was scared, I decided to let Van Gogh hold my hand and copy one of his. My friend Leah taught me how to grid the canvas and layer the paint. Here's the painting I wanted to copy.

I thought I'd replace the pipe with something personal of mine.
My tomato pin cushion was perfect for the job!

I also added Sam's lovey, the rabbit in the toy box.
It turned out well, if I do say so myself! To tell you the truth, my painting skills went downhill after I finished that one. But at least painting isn't like singing in public. You do it in the privacy of your own home, and you can always paint over if you make a mistake.
And no one is there to throw tomatoes at you!
Yey! We're back to tomatoes!

Have a Wonder-full Wednesday! Eat a tomato and click HERE to enjoy this song from Guy Clark while you enjoy the juicy tomato-y goodness.
(I know there are other youtube videos that actually have something besides a green screen to go with the song, but none of them beat hearing Guy sing it himself!)

Love, Becky


rochambeau said...

You are making me long for a real tomato Becky! You are a lucky girl having your own REAL tomato plant. It truly IS one of the wonders of the world. Just think after if you have any left over, you can whip up a batch of Kebbage!

The one tomato that I can live without is the one with the pins in it and the ones ontop of the Pizza Pie!

Great Summery Post!

Rhondi said...

Hi Becky
Nothing better than a homegrown tomato fresh from the garden and still warm from the sun. It's almost as good a chocolate. Well not quite, but it's deliciously yummy!
Love your coffeee table garden!
Hugs, Rhondi

Terri and Bob said...

Mmmm. I have had 4 tomatoes off my bushes but I have nothing inbetween those and the green ones on the vine. I love the kebbage. Adorable!

Elise said...

oooh, love tomatoes. We are missing the delicious Creole Tomatoes from south Louisiana. You could buy them on the side of the road and they were the UGLIEST things you would ever see, but oh, so delicious. We would eat them like apples. I guess I'm going tomato shopping today! Thanks!
Great post, Becky!


Suzie said...

I love tomatos but I have been scared away by the whole ecoli thing. IS that silly can I just have a tomato?

Rosemary said...

I wish I could grow them. I have tried, but not too great.
At least if they are grown at home they are tainted, or bad for you.
A lot of tomato issues this summer. Last summer it was spinach.
You are lucky Rebecca!!
Have a great day!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

What an absolutely wonderful post, Becky! Love the tomatoes. And I REALLY love the table top garden.

We used to grow strawberries but our own wonderdog, Beau, would eat them the minute they were ripe. Maybe there is a tabletop strawberry patch in my future.:)
xo Lidy

Liz said...

Oooh... I love the table top garden. I've been reading about those, fantastic idea.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Liz, people write about those? I thought Todd had come up with it himself out of desperation!

Thanks for the comments, tomato fans!

JaxPop said...

I was wondering the other day about how your garden was doing when I was munchin' on some really awesome little grape sized tomatoes. They were sweet n' juicy & I was poppin' in my mouth like candy - 'til Deb told me she hadn't washed them yet. Ugh! Lost my appetite for 'em after that. Next year Todd's gonna have an ottoman onions, couch corn & recliner radishes.

Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hey Jaxpop! You're too funny. Actually there's a poblano pepper Todd picked last night that would make a fine settee for a Barbie and Ken. Or Skipper. Or whoever she picked.
Now I must go back to work!
It's so much easier to enjoy reading comments, but the boys are at camp so time's a- wasting!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Arkansas tomatoes are most certainly the best tomatoes ever and they grow all around me. Not in my yard but in everyone else's yard. We've always grown tomatoes but not here - this dirt must be the absolute worst dirt in the state. :( Thank goodness for neighbors and curbside markets! Blessings, marlene

Alex said...

Oh how I wish I could have a tomATO right now...but I can't. My tummy is not handling food at all. :( Thank you for stopping by my site to say hello and send prayers. I really appreciate it.
Hope you had a good day.

JoJo said...

Nothing like a tomato sandwich! I am ready for some sliced bread, mayonnaise, tomatoes and black pepper! Yum!

Naturegirl said...

Becky this was a fun post to read and I love the chair paintings!!
Your dog..a cutey!
I love the idea of a raised table top garden! Brilliant idea!! I'm sure the fairies can fly up and do their magic! wink! :)NG

CC said...

Harvest time??? I have one tiny, itsy bitsy green "early" tomato growing right now!! That's it out of 4 plants.

I love your garden on a table!!!!!!

TattingChic said...

Mmmmm....I LOVE tomatoes. They are yummy and healthy and just fabulous all around goodness.

I have to say your comment about "Vegetable/fruit imprisonment is just wrong" had me laughing! You're so silly! LOL!

LW said...

It has been years since we had a vegetable garden...
I use to grow tons of tomatoes and
Lots of cherry tomatoes. I would put cherry tomatoes out in
Vintage green press glass bowls ….

Better than candy…..

enjoy your tomatos


Rebecca Ramsey said...

Hey Marlene, our backyard is nothing but SC red clay. That's another benefit of tabletop gardening. Todd mixed the soil himself, so it's nice and black and rich. Hmm. Now I want coffee.

Hey Alex! I'm sorry that your tummy isn't up to it. When you're all better we'll have to make sure you get plenty of tomatoes!

Jojo, I know! Black pepper is so good on tomatoes. I'm not so much a mayo girl, but give me some good white bread and maybe a little bacon. Yum!

Hey NatureGirl. We've seen the fairies and they look like chipmunks. Or maybe they are chipmunks. Whatever they are, they're evil, having a ball digging up our plants. At least they're cute. It's hard to get too mad at them. At least for me. Todd, not so much. He's ready to adopt a cat.

Hi CC. All of a sudden harvest time was upon us. It didn't look promising for a good while. Soon you'll have your tomato fill.

Tattingchic, it's hard to beat a tomato! Even my veggie-hater Sam will eat them. That is, if I make them into salsa, or put them in spaghetti!

Louise, I couldn't agree more. Little cherry tomatoes are like candy. So sweet and good. Can't stop with just one!