O Bountiful Harvest

The first home-grown tomato. Behold this wondrous bounty! Enough to feed a family! Of fleas.


Love its bulbous face and jaunty green hat. It's begging to have eyes and mouth drawn on it. But too late… it's been scranned. That brief moment was quite delicious. But after all those careful months of watering and feeding and gently shaking the plant to help the pollen it felt like you were eating your own children. Sweet, delicious children.

Even better was the wee fella I picked yesterday from the weirdo feral plant (we have four tomato pots in all). I don't know what the hell breed this one is; some sort of cherry tomato. It was a cast-off from Gareth's dad; a mere stick at the time. Now it is taking over the greenhouse. In the past week it's gone from three little green blobs to dozens of little green blobs. It's taken root beneath the pot and is shooting extra arms all over the place, threatening to choke its neighbours. Nature! What a beast.

Anyway. The other day there was a chef on the telly waxing lyrical about summer tomatoes, groaning and guzzling with seeds and juice splashed over his face. Nothing like fresh off the vine, blah blah foodie piffle blah blah. But this cherry tomato from the beasty plant… holy moly. I'd absentmindedly plucked it off the plant as I was watering it, and actually staggered backwards at the taste, it was so shockingly sweet and tomatoey, it made my eyeballs hurt. How could something so small be so powerful and good? I wanted to ring up the newspapers and parade around town with a megaphone, sharing the news of this moment.

Oh man I had other things to report but it's 11.15PM and my brain has closed up shop. Think I am coming down with something. Non-swiney, mind you. Will just hit publish instead of faffing about any longer. Apologies for abrupt ending! Hope your week is treating you well.

31 thoughts on “O Bountiful Harvest

  1. It is so awesome, isn’t it? I’ve been eating the wee tomatoes out of my garden for about a week, and soon the big ones will be ready! I can’t wait! And the corn….oh the corn…it is so good!

  2. Well done on your first harvest, it must be sooo satisfying growing your own crop. I have a few pots on the go with herbs but always manage to get them killed by extreme weather or lice or something. I had a beautiful chilli plant which got bigger and bigger and then started growing heaps of tiny little chillies but for some reason they did not want to turn red and then the Canberra winter came and the first night of frost completely killed it…..it almost made me cry 🙁

  3. Hmm – isn’t it great eating the fruits/vegetables of your own harvest? More people should do it… and, you take a greater pride in what you put into your body. If (and hopefully you are!) still at that place next year, I hope you are able to make a bigger garden if you want to! Get some other veggies in there… mmmm, and save some $$ too!

  4. It’s amazing how much flavor is lost in packing and shipping. There is nothing like vegetables freshly grown and picked. MMMmmmm ….

    I love the picture of the tiny tomato.

  5. It’s beautiful.

    Can you grow basil in your climate? That would be lovely with tomatoes, crackers… maybe some mozzarella if you’re so inclined…

  6. Your tomato looks precious. I don’t have much a green thumb, but I’m learning. There’s a huge garden in the field behind my mom’s house and I’m telling you there has been enough produced to feed a small country. Dan’s grandparents have the best tomatoes. They taste beautifully sweet.

  7. I hear you, Shauna! It´s my second summer growing veggies in our little greenhouse and it´s just so rewarding! You can´t even compare the “tomatoes” they import from Spain in winter time (I live in Finland…) and those of my own. I sometimes wonder if they´re the same species.

  8. I found your book in an op shop the other day for $3.. hee hee… you KNOW you’ve made it when your books hit the op shops 😀

  9. Hey Shauna

    Way to go with the tomato! I think it’s fantastic that the greenhouse is proving to be such a winner. My allotment has really suffered this year (through me not being around) but we have had a bumper harvest of blackberries.

    And thanks for sharing – ages ago – details of green-fingered blogs that you like. Fabulous.

    Happy harvesting! xxxxx

  10. morrrrrrrrrrrnin folks!

    @Merry – We DO have basil. Ooh yeah. And mozzarella! It’s in the fridge though, didn’t grow that. But soon there will be enough tomatoes to make that salad… thanks for the reminder 😀

    @Amy – Woohoo! That is good news.

    @MrsLard – blackberries… hubba hubba. What are you going to do with them all?

  11. I wish I could post pics, ’cause I would show you my harvest from last Summer (it’s still freezing here in Oz). The only tomatoes you can get around here have a million carbon miles on em (or are grown in a greenhouse & taste of nothing).

  12. I’m still waiting for my tomatoes to turn red, they are still green! But the tomato plants make the patio smell absolutely delicious so I’m not complaining too much! Isn’t it great having a garden? 🙂

  13. I think the cooler weather helps with tomato flavours too – I remember fondly the ones my Dad used to grow and the closest I’ve found in this hemisphere are the ones from New Zealand – again I think the cooler weather. Guess there have to be some compensations for putting up with the shitty weather!!! Lol Z xx

  14. When I grew a garden last year I would have been laughed out of “blog world” if I had posted a picture of my “harvest.” So embarrassing. I think I did everything wrong.

    This year we are supporting the farmer’s market, but next year I’m going to try again!!

  15. Great job! At least you are getting something. I was extremely disappointed last year when all our tomatoes had ‘bloom rot’…most likely caused by my inconsistent watering. This year we signed up for an organic farm share and pay someone else to deal with the stress 😉
    Great pic, enjoy! ~andrea

  16. I like that you commented on his jaunty hat. It makes me think of him sitting out there in your garden just happy as can be preparing to be a feast for our Amazing Dietgirl….er…even if it was only a tiny feast!

    Congrats on the lovely tomato either way, soon you’ll be up to your ears in them like I am with the zucchini!

  17. My poor tomatoes were attacked by the Late Blight Fungus which seems to have overtaken all the tomatoes in the Northeast US. I had wondered why they weren’t ripening and came home the other day to find them covered. So sad. Now I have to buy my fresh tomatoes from farmer’s markets and even those have been scarce because of this stupid fungus! Think of me when you have those sweet morsels popping in your mouth.

  18. I have a tomato plant of the Sugar Snack variety in a pot on my balcony, and the few little bite sized tomatoes it has provided have been so good! I really love snagging them when they are still warm from the sun. I’m glad you enjoyed your little nibble so much!!

    If I had to actually feed myself from my tomato plant, bell pepper plant and herbs, it wouldn’t be a pretty sight. Even though I don’t end up with a lot of produce in my little balcony garden, I still get the thrill of eating some things I’ve grown myself each summer.

    I’m so jealous of all of your green space. Lucky ducky!

  19. “How could something so small be so powerful and good?”

    Shauna, at 5ft tall, I could’ve told you a looooong time ago that small=awesome 😉

    That tomato is adorable. I’m surprised it lasted long enough to get the photo taken! Nom nom nom.

  20. Mazel tov on these baby tomatoes! My mom planted a garden with me when I was 8 or 9, and I never forgot how miraculous and totally separate from the notion of just a plain old vegetable were the things I grew and picked myself. They do taste like the best stuff you’ve ever eaten, as you well with motherly pride.

  21. Oh there is nothing so good as eating tomatoes straight off the plant. (Except perhaps doing the same with peas).

    Some of my happiest childhood memories are of eating sun warms tomatoes, just slightly dusty from the soil in the garden. Oh I can feel the heat now. And the fine, fine smell.


    Mine? closes up around 8p.

    lets skype soon.

    not sure my email went through.

    In technology struggles,


  23. Hi

    I have finally caught up on the archives and feel a bit sad, I love peppering my day with Diet girl installments and now I will just have to wait for each new one like the rest of the world.

    Just wanted to say thank you for:

    A) Making me laugh
    B) Teaching me new things and
    C) Keeping me inspired along the way so I am finally eating healthily and exercising.

    I am no longer a Body pump virgin, I ditched WW and enter calories on line and I am even thiking of cooking some veggie food.

    Your less guru more cult leader ha ha.

    Thanks DG.


  24. I don’t think I’ve ever smiled so much over a post about a tomato. 🙂 You sure have a way of bringing things to life. Hope your not all sickly right now!!

  25. Yummy! We have a little “salsa” garden, and the home grown jalapenos, tomatoes, and cilantro are so much better than at the store. Our iguana is not a big cilantro fan but will pounce on homegrown cilantro. If Iguanna Donna likes it, it must be good! 🙂

  26. What a cute little tomato!! It looks like it belongs as part of the Munch Bunch “have found a home ….. in our garden”.


    I think the mass produced sprayed tomatoes just can not compete with the beauty of home grown. I remembe vividly being a kid and walking through my Grandad’s greenhouse and just indulging in beautiful tomatoes. The smell of that little house was divine, you can’t beat it.

  27. Cute tomato! My son just lugged in about 15 or 20 pounds of tomatoes from our garden yesterday. That’s what happens when you come home from a 3 week vacation! Now I have to make sauce.

  28. Oooh, I do love tomatoes and am so jealous you’re growing some (I have a brown thumb). Anywho, I read that if you are to eat tomatoes, then you must go organic/all-natural…did you know that non-organic tomatoes are sprayed with 7 different pesticides, then picked green, shipped cross the continent, and the sprayed with argon gas to ripen them. Argon gas BTW is what they use to euthanize dogs over here in the states. Yeah, SCARY!

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