‘johnsons backyard garden’

You’ll notice a new look for the Funny Farm blog. It needed a freshening up. The sunflower picture at the top was taken yesterday in our garden. These sunflowers are tall, hopefully they’ll get over 9ft.

Well the tomatoes are doing well enough already that they need extra support. We’ve installed garden fence spikes in the rows. Using the florida weave method, all the tomatoes have a good bit of support. Our jalepeno and bell pepper plants have lots of little peppers growing all over them. We may need to add some form of support for those plants as well. Maybe it will get the same weave as the tomatoes. We learned about that idea from the nice people over at Johnson’s Backyard Garden. Their farm is successful and beautiful. We didn’t think they’d mind if we borrowed an idea for our backyard.

We planted some red velvet okras a few weeks ago and they’ve already popped up some little baby okras. The artichoke dwarfs all the other plants in the garden. It’s growing amazingly fast!

There’s another blackberry hunting mission going on today. It’s such a beautiful day in Texas.

Johnson’s Backyard Garden had another potluck dinner this past Sunday afternoon. It was a great afternoon for it too. The sun was shining and the breeze was blowing nicely. Not sure how many people showed for the event but there was a ton of food on the table. It was great to see so many nice, homebaked dishes. We had to make several trips to try everything and I’m sure we missed a few things. The Round Rock Funny Farm brought a pasta salad with homemade pesto, tomatoes and cheese. It must have been a big hit as the bowl was scraped clean.
Our tomato plants are all ready producing tiny little tomatoes. With about 20 plants and 6 different varieties, we should have plenty of tomatoes for us to enjoy this year.
I can’t believe how tough and hardy the sunflowers are. I knocked one over to the ground, it was standing straight up again after 5 minutes! One of the sunflowers is growing really fast, it seemed to grow about 8 inches on Sunday. We can’t wait to see them taller than the fence!