Naranjilla fruit

Eureka!The mystery has been solved! Thanks to Carol23 over at theGardenWeb forums!

The mystery plant is a S. American fruit and relative to the tomato plant. The fruit is used to make juices and nectars, sherbets, jams, preserves and pastries and is calledSolanum Quitoense or Naranjilla

It’s going to be interesting to watch it grow.


The tomato plants that are on their last legs have just been pulled from some of our homemade self-watering containers and are being replaced with new tomatoes for the Fall while some others will be replaced with peas, roots crops and greens.

The large summer tomato harvest is dwindling to fewer and fewer pounds each day. But we hope to have timed our succession planting right to be blessed with a late summer/fall crop. Many of the new varieties we tried were disappointments but some have been a pleasant surprise. One in particular that has outshined all the rest has been Legend.

Tomatoes round II

It’s been another strange year to say the least, everything’s been about 4 weeks behind schedule. So we have had two strange summers in a row.   Last year around this time (Aug 12) we have documented in our garden journal that it rained!

NEWS FLASH... We’ve surpassed last year’s harvest total of 3,528 lbs!!!! As of now, we have harvested 3,537 lbs. What a tremendous blessing.

Our goal is 6,000 lbs – will we make it? I dunno… Stay tuned.


On another subject, with gas prices the way they are and with us looking into purchasing other car (given that our pea soup VW bus on its last legs, er wheels), we’ve been discussing the possibility of going bio-diesel. We are in a perfect/ideal situation since we deliver to restaurants practically every day. We already pick up kitchen scraps for our worms, rabbits, ducks and chickens so why not veggie oil to fuel our car?

But we getting a little ahead of ourselves here. We have a lot more researching to do. And first, we must finish the projects we’ve started, but it’s a goal to shoot for in our path to freedom. Have any of our readers converted to biodiesel? If so, tell us of your experiences – please post in the comment box below.

Got some hair gel?


This cute little baby bird fell out of its nest early this morning – one of our cats brought it in to play with while we were eating breakfast. The nest is located on a small wood beam near the rafters of the roof – pretty tight space to have a nest full of young ones. There’s not much room to move around up there.

It’s really unusual to see baby birds at this time of year, don’t you think? Normally we only see the babies in the early spring.

Anyhow, we rescued the little guy/girl from the playful ambitions of our cat and released it back outside to rejoin its family. Right now it’s on the roof chirping to mama to come. Good luck little fella!

Weather Report: Hot and humid.

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