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Garden Journey 2013 #8: Tomato Harvest

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Blog entry by justjoel posted 10-03-2013 05:57 PM 1242 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My tomatoes are finally coming in fairly steadily, but then again the cold weather is starting in on us a little early too. I’ve been covering them here and there, watching the forecasts and checking the actual temperature each night.

I’ve re-used plastic table cloths from a work event to cover them, coupled with some utility lights underneath to provide a little extra heat.

The cold has all but killed some of the more delicate flowers and my cucumbers, squash & melons, but those were all pretty much done for the season anyway.

I haven’t started canning any tomatoes yet, and it was very difficult to find the time to utilize my solar dryer, but I will be blanching and freezing some in small batches.

Amish Paste

Costoluto Genovese

Solar Flair Tomato

Clockwise from Beam’s Yellow Pear, Rutger’s (the volunteer!), A Grappoli D’Inverno, & Black Cherry

My family has become addicted to my tomato & cucumber, or tomato & avocado salads. I’m not looking forward to the season being over and having to resort to tasteless, store-bought tomatoes. Bleh.

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell



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sharad

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posted 10-03-2013 06:06 PM

Jj, you have such a nice variety of tomatoes and they are looking very attractive. Hope you succeed in protecting them from cold.

Sharad

-- Bagwan-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-03-2013 08:06 PM

I think we lost one bush of tomatoes .. but the rest are going strong. Unfortunately things are so green, they will never ripen in time.
Also, for some reason, the tomatoes we have had this year are really lacking in that yummy tomato flavour.
But we have grapes and pears—lots of grapes and pears!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Greenthumb

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posted 10-05-2013 12:13 AM

There are many things I like about you.

Your perseverance and dedication in your natural propensity to the rewards of gardening.

And the fact that you have tomatoes and I dont : (( The only fresh tomato I had was from the generosity of a good friend and neighbour………hint ?

Good thing that gardening has little to do the thickness of a wallet, and more to do with the kindness of a soul.

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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justjoel

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posted 10-05-2013 02:43 AM

Well, GT, you are a blessed and wise man. If you were my neighbor, I would surely share my bounty with you, as my current neighbors know already – though it is more like trading most of the time (the best one being cucumbers for fresh, home-grown rhubarb cobbler).

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 10-08-2013 09:32 PM

Great job on your lovely tomato harvest! I see that your Amish Paste plants produced for you; do you like their taste?

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Greenthumb

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posted 10-09-2013 03:01 AM

Im betting RFG

it tasted good

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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