Getting ready to pick!

Written by Jennie Nollette

Written By:  Jennie Nollette

I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July holiday… I sure did! I plan the Fireworks for Kearney so the 3rd was a little busy, but it is always fun knowing at the end of the day we will get to relax and enjoy the fireworks.

We did absolutely nothing on the 4th and it was amazing!  Although now I am kicking myself because there is so much to do and I always complain there isn’t enough time.  Apparently it is my own fault!

It’s that time when we have picked some veggies & flowers out of our garden; lettuce, potatoes, onions… but now we are just waiting for the other stuff…the good stuff.  You know, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, & PUMPKINS!


We are starting to get tiny cucumbers and we have lots of green tomatoes, but nothing is quite ready.  This is the part where I have to be patient and know that my patience will soon pay off!

Tiny Cucumber…soon to be tiny pickle (insert dirty joke here) 🙂

I planted a whole bunch of these they are a little slow to come up, but here is the first one to bloom!!

Remember my post on the tomato cages?  It feels like just yesterday we put these in the ground. I thought this would be a nice time to update you on how our cages are holding up.

I know I mentioned this before, but just as a recap, we made these cages because we had bad luck with our weak tiny cages last year. We wanted something more durable and I must say we hit the jack pot. They are working beautifully!

Exactly what I wanted.  The tomato plants go straight up!

Of course, like with most things, it is never perfect. We did make one teeny tiny error when putting up our tomato cages; we put them a little too close together. I say ‘we’ because I am taking partial blame, although, Brent put some of these up when I wasn’t around. I think he realized he was running out of space so decided to smoosh.

See below and you will know what I am talking about.

Here is the path for us to move around between our tomato plants.  Anyone want to help us pick?  anyone…anyone…Bueller??….. 🙂

Lastly I will leave you with a picture of our green tomatoes.  Don’t fried green tomatoes sound good…yum!!


Have a wonderful weekend and happy gardening! 

P.S.  Have you picked anything from your garden yet? 

About the author

Jennie Nollette

I am an Omaha native now living in the beautiful town of Valentine, Nebraska. If you haven’t visited you must! It is a gorgeous town that boosts its natural beauty. I am also a wife and mother of two beautiful little girls, living the daily struggle of balancing all life has to offer. My greatest joy is getting to spend time with my family, whether it’s cooking, dancing or traveling, we do our best to take it all in and enjoy every moment.


  • Wonderful pics! We picked our first tomato the weekend before the 4th! It was so good! Picking about 2 every day or so now. Our Early Girls have made us happy. We had also planted Jetsetters, but they don’t seem to be coming any earlier than the rest. Noting this for next year!

    Hoping some neighbors will share cucumbers as ours have looked better in the past. Maybe they will surprise us.

    Canned apricot jelly- turned out more like an apple butter consistency, still yummy. And last night did a double batch of chokecherry jelly- my fave! Love seeing your progress.

    • Hi Trista! I think I purchased the wrong tomato plants this year. Most of them have some disease…blight I think. 🙁 But – I have cucumbers! One of these Saturdays (maybe this Sat) I’ll be at the Kearney farmers market with Jennie. I’ll be giving away free flowers and maybe some veggies for the first person who stops by! We’ll keep you posted!!