With incoming rain forecast all next week, temps dropping to 40′s, there’s nothing that will keep the last of the tomato fruits healthy. The garden was picked the last two days….and cleanup of the space has begun for the season end. It’s been with mixed feelings I’ve been out there beginning the space clean up, putting away tools, cages, etc. With the DEER Fence going away, deer will find the space in a week or two and help with the cleanup.
These super ripe tomatoes have been in the kitchen for a few days awaiting disposition, and I’m finally noting my “ripe summer tomato” craving finally getting its fill:
These two little tomato groups have been picked in the last two days, and are far enough along, that they should ripen okay in the next several days:
The cilantro plant going To seed had been pulled 2-3 weeks ago, and here it is awaiting my cleaning it. The seeds are READY for storage for 2012 planting:
Peppers are now drying and ripening in the garage:
And THAT brings us to the canning event of the summer…… OUR home tomatoes are best enjoyed sliced, lightly salted, and devoured. For pasta, Romas are the best….and Rodger wanted some for winter. We picked up a big box at Sauvie Island and spent a day on that……… We have had what we thought was only a “fruit” mill that separated most of the pulp from the seed…. Rodger saw the SAME machine (for a lot more money) in one of the big catalogs but called a Tomato Press. WELL! We pulled that out and saved ourselves LOTS of SLOW work getting the ‘maters peeled, and ready for the stove:
Obviously, we’ve accepted that summer’s over. NOW back to getting rid of this cold I seem to have picked up from Rodger, who, it appears picked up at the Further Show last weekend in Eugene. Ah, to be human!