Northwesterners are proud of their tomatoes.
That’s one thing we learned in our recent garden-photo contest, which drew nearly 400 entries from readers hoping to win an iPad Mini or one of the gift cards from Molbak’s Garden + Home.
We also discovered that Northwest gardeners are incredibly resourceful, growing everything from apples to zucchini, from asters to zinnia.
Here are the winning photos, chosen by garden expert Ciscoe Morris, whose column appears every Saturday in The Seattle Times.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
“In the Pumpkin Patch,” by Nicole Newton of Maple Valley: I love gardening and spend a lot of my free time working in my yard. This year I decided to grow pumpkins for the first time and it has been so exciting to watch them grow. Already, they have become larger than I imagined! This is why I decided to set up my harvest in the pumpkin patch. I have made a great effort to incorporate as many edibles into my landscape as possible, because I prefer gardening to grocery shopping. I also love photography, and used this contest as a chance to combine two of my favorite things: art and gardening.
SECOND PLACE and winner of our ‘pictorial’ category
“You Are What You Eat,” by Patricia Scarlett Jonas of Kirkland: This vegetable man is a product of my pea patch garden in Kirkland. He evolved on our kitchen table and met his destiny as a delectable salad.
WINNER of our ‘oddities’ category
“Crookneck Swans,” by Catherine Villiers of Bothell: We grew crookneck squash this year. One day we harvested these two and to us they looked just like a mother and child swan. I had fun posing them for a photo shoot and this is one of the favorites!
WINNER of our ‘artistic closeup’ category
“Curly Kale,” by Val McKinley of Bothell: A few years ago, we built a little raised bed in our front yard that I like to call my “salad bar.” I’ve grown lettuces, spinach, onions, tomatoes, celery, snap peas, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, beets, broccoli and herbs — and this year, lots and lots of kale. It’s definitely time to expand the salad bar!
WINNER of our ‘greatest intrigue’ category
“Birdsong Farm” by Cathy Barton of Burien: This is a picture of the garden team. Those who work together get to enjoy the bounty together.
“Bounty,” by Wayne Comer of Seattle: I’d rather be in the garden than anywhere else, especially in the spring and summer. We’ve been enjoying the fruits (and vegetables) of our backyard garden for a couple of months already, and what we can’t eat fresh, we freeze or put in jars to see us through the wet fall and winter: pumpkins, zucchini, eggplant, butternut squash, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, red peppers, a few final green beans and sunflower seeds. Our peas, raspberries, strawberries and apples didn’t last long enough for the pictures — but they were delicious!
“My Son and His Cauliflower,” bu David Panteleeff of Seattle: Largest cauilflower grown in my garden.
“Rainbow,” by Denise Liftin of Seattle: Rainbow Chard
“Today’s Harvest,” by Michael McGuiness of Snohomish: Basket full with red kuri winter squash, winter luxury pumpkin, spaghetti squash, assorted peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant with broccoli, beets, turnips, and parsnips.
“Glass Gem Corn in Hsien’s Office,” by Shu-Hsein Lee of Bellevue
“Small-space Harvest,” by Elizabeth Stall of Bothell: I composed a scene of lemon verbena and lovage “plants” bearing cherry tomatoes in a field of rosemary surrounded by a deep purple huckleberry sky under a chive-blossom sun. What I love about all of these herbs, fruits, and vegetables is that they can be easily grown in containers or in a small space but can add great color and flavor to your cooking.
“Tomato Harvest,” by Mimi English-Koch of Vashon: Tomatoes I harvested.
GALLERY OF ALL THE ENTRIES