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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sorry, Had To Share

Who says you can't grow tomatoes in San Francisco?



Sure. We don't have the best weather for it, but some of us are lucky enough to have a little bit of sunlight, even when the rest of the city is cold and damp with fog. We're also lucky we ended up with neighbors who've allowed us, for the last 7 years, to take over a majority of the deck that's shared between us with plants.

These babies are Early Girl tomatoes, which do better than most tomato varieties in cool weather and short seasons. I've tasted a few and, boy!, are they sweet!



Oh, and just the smell of the tomato plant that attaches to every part of the plant you touch. Why, I could just eat the leaves, stems, and all!

Only I would be dead (or at least very sick).

Still, I probably could buy those nasty bland ones you find so often for sale and run my hands through the plant while eating one. It may just help.

Hey Cookiecrumb! If you need advice on growing tomatoes, I'll be happy to jot down some tips for you! (Oooo! BURN!)

When tomatoes are this good, there is only one thing to do:



This year is my first year growing edibles, and I've done amazingly better than I first thought. I'm especially pleased with the jalapeno peppers.



I've already thought about what other peppers I could grow next year. Only, I'm not really sure what to do with all of the ones from this year, yet! One thing's for sure, if I don't end up giving them away, someone's going to be yelling "fire in the hole!" for the next several months.

(And that, ladies and germs, is what we call "Classic" scatalogical humor.)

Besides the tomatoes and peppers, I've also been pretty successful with rosemary, sage, marjoram, oregano, (somewhat ok with) basil, and...

Lavender

Some of which I've dried and infused with salt. The rest, I'm not sure what to do with yet, though I'm certain I can figure something out.

Bruce planted some Bergamot, though I think only for the visual aspect, not the herbal or tea one.



Oh, and what are those other plants, you ask?

Well, what serious Bacon Press carnivore would be complete without just a few carnivorous plants?

Welcome to MY GARDEN!



The weather where we live has been especially kind to Sarracenia, Drosera, Dionea, and Darlingtonia californica (which we killed last year, oops!).

These lovely savages get plenty to eat on their own. In fact, it's a little creepy to walk by them around dusk to hear "buzzz, buzzz, buzzz!"

Translation: "help me, help me, help me!"

I'm not kidding when I say this but, yes, I have actually, mercifully, rescued a fly once or twice, simply because I felt sorry for it.



But like I said, these plants are voracious eaters. If they could try out for the IFOCE, it would be a slaughter of competitive eaters.

These carnivores are citified, and unlike their country cousins, they dine at the most exclusive places. One day they could be dining on a fly who just ate at Jack Falstaff; the other they could be eating from Bacar.

Indian food, Thai, American, Italian, and now, even upscale Vietnamese: our plants are the true gourmands in our household.



Frankly, I'm just a little bit jealous.

Oh, well.

k.

PS: I've come across some new websites that I have to share.

1. Foxy Librarian
Not really food related, but who cares! I'm always down with librarians, and they've helped your's truly more than once with food-related questions pertaining to posts written for my blog(s). Besides, this blog is just, frickin', cool! The lawn darts entry had ME ROOLLLING!

2. Ambien recipes from the New Yorker
This link may not last long, so click it wit a quickness. My friend Seth sent this to me, and now I know why. Everything you wanted or had to know about cooking with Ambien, including a Vietnamese dish that utilizes beef jerky and Gatorade!

Say no more: you had me at "hello"!

3. Fallen Fruit
Larrybob sent me this one, although I had heard of it previously on Evan Kleiman's radio show. These folks are awesome! Now THIS is urban foraging. And who knew L.A. was so abundant in anything other than sillicone, celluloid, and celebrity murderers?

LA...your stock is rising.

10 Comments:

Blogger mingerspice said...

OMG those tomatoes! Do you need a houseboy/gardener/tomato-eater?

12:50 AM  
Anonymous Sean said...

My other half is always pestering me to try growing tomaters on our back deck, but I pushed back. You've made me reconsider!

10:22 AM  
Blogger Bacon Press said...

mingerspice:

I appreciate the offer, but we're set in those departments...although, do you dust? We could use a dusting like it ain't nobody's business! (kidding - I wouldn't wish our dust job on anyone)

Sean:

Go for it!

k.

10:57 AM  
Anonymous nara said...

I saw your savages in your blog.
I'm a 24-year-old woman living korea and now have a drosera 'Big mouth'. While Searching phonetic sign, www.yahoo.com leads me here.
Would you like to tell me the phonetic sign of 'Sarracenia minor' ? If you do, it would be great to me. Thank you.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Bacon Press said...

두건에 투수 식물

k.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Syga said...

Hey, sistah! If there's a will, there's a way. Imagine having to grow your veggie on the deck just to catch the sunlight. My tomatoes took forever to grow but now, a couple are ripening bee-you-ti-fully in whatever sun they can get. You're right, the smell of a tomato plant is wonderful. I didn't know that you could get sick ingesting leaves and stems. Thanks for the infor, anyway.

I went organic by planting my own veggies (in pots). When my peppers first started fruiting, I checked on them like crazy. Then, when the fruit started pushing out, it was like me giving birth to my first baby. hahaha.

I've enjoyed harvesting malabar spinach that I grew on a trellis made from dead branches. Some, I trained to entwine around window grilles. My gingerroots are sending nice green leaves up the ground, too. What a thrill! I wondered why I didn't plant years ago.

3:14 AM  
Anonymous Fran said...

Yum! I just started growing tomatoes myself this year. They were doing really well, until I went away for two weeks, and came back to find no tomato leaves... just a whole lot of fat, well-fed looking snails. ha ha!

11:37 PM  
Anonymous joe positive said...

ok kevin, when ya gonna write a new post?

:-)

1:38 PM  
Anonymous petre said...

you should have visited the bay area carnivorous plant society summer show on saturday in oakland!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Kerris said...

Since moving to Spain my husband has just recently started growing his own chilli's. The first lot he produced from some seeds that came in a home made sauce he was given. So far off the one plant we have about 30-40 chilli's growing at the moment.

3:07 AM  

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