And More to Come ...

Another Batch of Tomatoes and Peppers - 
More of the tomatoes and peppers I've grown in my container and small space garden. I don't think I did too bad for not knowing what I'm doing!

Notice the 'chocolate' pepper - isn't that neat?
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
United States
September 5, 2008 3:37pm CST
This is a picture of the latest pickings from my little container and small space gardening efforts. I've still got loads of tomatoes coming in on the three big plants, and two banana pepper plants have several more to go and are even flowering more! I planted different kinds of bell peppers, and the brown 'chocolate' pepper definitely came from that packet of seed, but I'm not sure about the green ones, since they have some darker colors on them too. They aren't dark from going bad, just a different color, and since all of them start off green before turning colors, I don't know if this was supposed to be the standard green variety or some other color (there were some weird colors on this packet, for sure). None of the bell peppers got that big, I'm sure because they were in the plastic buckets, so I'll have to make sure I have larger containers if I do it this way again. Now the question is, what to make with all this mess?
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@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Wow! That is a great crop. You are doing good considering the small size of your garden. Looks like you have the good makings of a salsa there. Ummm
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I was thinking salsa too, but I only have a few corn chips left and don't want to make a run to the store for just that. I could make a small jar or two without actually 'canning', I suppose. I would imagine it would keep in the fridge for a while.
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Wow, good for you. Great harvest. As to the bell pepper. When mine turn a color like that they are usually bitter. I suggest giving it a taste test first before using it in any dishes;)
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
5 Sep 08
The problem is, I used some seeds that were supposed to be other colors, so I'm not sure if these just never got quite 'done' or not. I don't like peppers much anyway, so I'll have my husband check them out before I chop them into a dish.
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
5 Sep 08
They look great... I want some! LoL! I'm very jealous. I am sure you'll figure out something to make with all of those beautiful veggies. Have fun & enjoy your haul!
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I think I may make sauce tomorrow, let it simmer nice and slow. I'm sure Tom will like it.
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@koalatbs (2231)
• United States
6 Sep 08
That sounds really good... I'm sure it will turn out wonderful. Definitely better than the sauce I make the other day from the can! LoL! Hey, it did turn out pretty good though. I added some fresh parsley and some other spices.
@Sillychick (3282)
• United States
5 Sep 08
Add some onions and make tomato sauce. Mmmmm. Not bad for a beginner. Not that I'm one to talk. I have the opposite of a green thumb- whatever that is. My plants didn't do so well this year. My biggest bell pepper is about the size of a jalapeno. My tomatoes were supposed to be big but looked like plum tomatoes at best. I think it was the weather. A lot of people near me didn't do so well either. Many didn't have any peppers at all, so I did well there. I had plenty of green beans, carrots and radishes, too. The size of the pot makes a difference. Small pots don't allow much room to grow, so bigger pots will help.
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@BarBaraPrz (16370)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Sep 08
You just have to water small pots more...
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
5 Sep 08
That's true, Barb, but lack of water wasn't an issue with me. Mine never got too dried out. I think they ended up pretty pot-bound. Yea, I'm thinking I'll make a batch of tomato sauce. My husband always says he'll never say no to spaghetti, so maybe I'll try to simmer a batch of sauce tomorrow.
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@Hatley (152615)
• Garden Grove, California
5 Sep 08
hi ldyjarhead well if it were me, I would make some pasts sauce , also stuffed green peppers, and stuffed tomatoes too. Also you could make some salsa with your tomatoes and peppers and a bit of onion. Or ratitullie with eggplant, onion, tomatoes and green p eppers. Also peppers and tomatoes are great in omelettes too. a nd I know there arelots of other recipes that use tomatoes and peppers.
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
5 Sep 08
I'm leaning towards spaghetti sauce and/or salsa. The peppers aren't big enough to stuff, and my husband already eats the tomatoes with tuna and mayo - he just ate that a little while ago when he came home.
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@sweetdesign (5151)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Oh that looks wonderful. I have to laugh though cause I get the distinct impression that while you love to grow the veggies in your garden you aren't too keen on eating them. LOL. I am growing a couple of veggies that I either have never tried or that I am not particularly fond of but I figure I will share my bounty with those who do like them.
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
6 Sep 08
You're right, I just grew the wrong vegetables. I knew my space was severely limited so I went with what I thought would work in containers, and know my husband loves. I don't like tomatoes or peppers, but I did eat the cucumbers (in my cucumber salad - yum!) and the one pot of lettuce was great on my tuna sandwiches. I ate what I got for beans and snap peas too, but would have needed more to make any real meals out of them. I love broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts, but didn't plant any of those. Next year!
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• United States
6 Sep 08
LOL! I am growing eggplant which I have never tried and acorn squash which I have never tried. I am growing bush beans and pole beans I don't like the but my mom and daughter do. I am growing plenty of things I do like so it all evens out in the end.
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@BarBaraPrz (16370)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
5 Sep 08
Well, you've got the start of chili, or salsa, or pasta sauce... You could always pickle the peppers if you've picked a peck of 'em...
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
5 Sep 08
LOL. I was trying to get Tom to say the 'Peter Piper' thing the other day and he was having one heckova time of it. I did pretty good for a while, but then tripped on my tongue. I don't like tomatoes in my chili, but I may do salsa and/or pasta sauce.
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@GardenGerty (87842)
• Marion, Kansas
5 Sep 08
Have you thought of making and canning or freezing salsa, or spaghetti sauce? About twenty years ago I had a recipe for Mexican "Table Sauce" but I am not at home right now, and I may not have it any more. It used peppers and tomatoes and celery and onions. I have seen purple bell peppers, as well as red, yellow and orange. It sounds really yummy. All that fresh produce. What do you hear about finding a house to buy?
• United States
23 Sep 08
oh you have a way to bring me back home :D I wish so much sometimes I could have a garden again . Those a very pretty pickings you got there :D . There nothing like an old world spaghetti sauce to send you to a happy spot , or that spicy chili that was made from mostly home grown veggies .. I love the inner gratitude i feel when I make something and I know I grew it myself .. Good morning here and cheers .. :D much
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
23 Sep 08
Yes, I've got a pretty good feeling of satisfaction from my meager doings here, especially since I really didn't know what I was doing, but learned as I went along. I've still got plenty of tomatoes and banana peppers coming in.
• United States
23 Sep 08
Peppers still going strong - Banana pepper on the left and sickly cherry tomato on the right with green bell peppers inbetween.
Just took this pic of my peppers 1/2 hr. ago. Still going strong but if you look closely all the way to the right, you will see a very sickly cherry tomato plant. Left it standing since there are still alot of green tomatoes on it still. The plant all the way to the left is the banana pepper..overloaded.
@kosstr12 (245)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I see you're a pretty regular veggie farmer. I've hardly gotten a sprout in my few attempts at growing things. The only successful thing I've ever grown was a cabbage about three years ago. Left it outside for too long and the rabbits ate it. Luke
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Honestly, this is my first attempt on my own. I guess I did pretty good, considering what I had to work with. I hope to have a 'proper' garden next year, and it'll probably flop.
• United States
6 Sep 08
I am not an experienced gardener either outside of helping with my parents garden and grandparents garden. These are my first real attempts outside the realm of tomatoes and herbs which I have done with some regularity over the years.
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@dragon54u (31184)
• United States
7 Sep 08
You could make some salsa! Or have a stir fry. I read a tip from the Dollar Stretcher about tomatoes. Wrap them well and freeze them. When you thaw them out this winter to make chili or spaghetti sauce, the skins will slip off nicely and you don't have to blanch them. I'm going to try that with mine, if they'll just ripen before it gets too cold!
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
7 Sep 08
Freeze them whole? Really? I'm going to have to check into that one for sure!
@twallace (2675)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I looks like your garden did really well this year. Do you grow you own produce every year? If you do I know that saves you the trouble of going to the store for most of the produce that you grow. That is such a savings that I know you freeze the ones that will keep well if they are frozen. That is good I give you a thumbs up for a job well done. Have a good one.
@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I've had a garden twice before, but everything was planted by my ex-husband and I weeded and such, but that was it. This is the first time I've attempted anything on my own, and most of it was in containers or in a very small space alongside the house. If I had a proper garden, who knows what would happen? I probably wouldn't know what to do!
• United States
6 Sep 08
My kids love to grow things. Right now our tomatoes and peppers are doing well. We usually end up making salsa with our tomatoes. Our strawberry plant has big green leaves but no fruit. We failed in broccoli, watermelon and many more.
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I didn't plant any broccoli and I have no room for watermelon, but I'd like to try both when I get my own place and have a little room. I love broccoli and it would be really nice to have it fresh - yum!
@polachicago (19143)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I just pasteurized my dried tomatoes jars. I have 5 jars with dried tomatoes with olive oil. I have 18 tomato plants this year. Too much to eat fresh. I am sure I will engoy to eat some during the winter time.
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I wish I had some of my canning stuff, but alas, lost it when I divorced and left MN.
@Nana530 (286)
• United States
6 Sep 08
What a great idea Ldyjarhead. How nice it would be to have tomatoes still coming in. I love home grown tomatoes. Not much on the peppers though. But I think I may try doing this next year so we can have some nice home grown tomatoes any time we want them. Nana
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
6 Sep 08
I have not grown any bell peppers for ages and they never grew that big, and were not that good for eating in salads, only for cooking. It depends on how long a growing season you have and also if most of the days are sunny if they work out all right. If you got a mixed seed of peppers, you had better have someone else try the similar ones to see if they are not hot. It is probably a different variety and it might not be ready yet. You could make salsa, or tomato sauce. I was thinking of container gardening, I was going to do it this year, but I decided to buy those two blueberry plants, and maybe I will have enough money next year to buy two more plants and some containers. But I will have to buy a shopping cart to haul the dirt in.
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
6 Sep 08
I can't view the pictures right now, but from reading it, I see a delicious salsa on the horizon, yummy..
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@peavey (15396)
• United States
6 Sep 08
You're making me jealous, with all your tomatoes! Mine hardly grew at all this year, but I did get a good crop of bell peppers. Our nights are turning pretty cool, but they're still blooming. Anyway, if I had tomatoes this year, I would probably make tomato sauce as I usually do. I freeze it (because I'm too lazy to can it, I guess) and I still have a little left over from last year. Other than that, spaghetti sauce, salsa, tomato soup, tomato juice, relish or chutney or just canned tomatoes for use in soups and stews.
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• United States
6 Sep 08
You have a very nice looking batch of peppers and tomatoes there. I have not had a garden for years.. When I did have a small garden ,. I grew tomatoes, Straberries, pumpkins, watermelon and bell peppers.. it was very nice to be able to go pick some fresh strawberries first thing in the morning to have with breakfast! yummy I have been longing to have a small garden again in the near future,, I really do not have the room here to have one... I would take the green peppers and clean then and cut them into either strips, or chop them,, then lable a few freezer bags with the date and contents and in the freezer they would go! Nice to be able to just go to the freezer and chunk off the amount that I needed! I use to freeze the strawberries also. Just add a little sugar after cleaning. Into the freezer bags,, just like the peppers! I have also wanted a little Herb gaden,. but Everytime I bring any type of plant in here my cats start chewing on it....
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Chop 'em up, add some onion and make some salsa! Yeah, I know we're supposed to use chili peppers in salsa, but there's no law that says you can't make a milder one! Actually, that would be my preference. I've never been big on spicy foods and, since I'm an old fogie now, I like things even milder. Or, you could chop them up and add them to spaghetti sauce. That would be some really awesome sauce! I love chunks of fresh garden veggies in mine. Or, you could mail them to me. They look great, ldy! Obviously, you've got a green thumb since you've done such a good job for your first attempt at veggie gardening. I'm impressed! Next year, you should add a few more things. Radishs are fun, easy, and take up very little space.