Ever since we planted a small vegetable garden in our backyard in July, it has been a lot of fun watching the plants grow and actually bear some fruit. We planted 3 tomato plants, 3 Japanese eggplants and 3 sweet pepper plants. It wasn’t until yesterday that I noticed one red tomato on the vine. It was such a great sight after watering these plants for over 2 months. The single red tomato was in such a brilliant contrast with the green (and some brown) around it, I simply had to get the camera out and share a few pictures with you!

The brown leaves you see all over? I have not had much luck fighting against the bugs. Recently, I decided to try an “organic” pest control product. It was based on sesame oil and fish oil. I guess I may sprayed a little too much because it looks like my tomato plants are under a lot of stress. Any tips will be highly appreciated.

We have had much better luck with our pepper plants and eggplants. We harvested several green peppers for a fresh salad:

The good news is that the pepper plants are still active!

Last, but not the least, we have enjoyed the Japanese eggplants tremendously this season.  There have been quite a few for several rounds of our favorite grilled eggplant and yogurt salad.

Tell us what you have been growing this summer if you have a vegetable garden. Also share your protecting plants from pests in a natural, chemical-free way.