|Garden dying back in beautiful color.|
We finally had a hard freeze and the majority of the garden was finished off. A few days before the freeze, we went out and picked all of the unripened tomatoes. My Roma tomatoes were running late this summer, so most of them were harvested green, but never-the-less they turned ripe just nicely in a box in the basement (thanks for the tip, Kristin!) Now I'm blanching and skinning them for salsa.
How to blanch tomatoes:
- Wash the tomatoes.
- Put on a pot of boiling water
- Put a basin of cold water in the sink (ice is great too)
- In batches, put the tomatoes in boiling water for 45 seconds...
- Then place them in the ice water immediately.
- With a paring knife or with your fingers, gently remove the skin, it should peel easily.
- Chop the tomatoes for salsa, or freeze or can for later use.
- Of course, feed the skins to your chickens!
|chickens cleaning up a broccoli plant|
We still have lettuce, cabbage, and broccoli growing, and the lettuce tastes better than ever.
The pumpkins and acorn squash are done now too. Unfortunately, this little pumpkin was our only yield but there were about 10 acorn squash. I'll post a recipe for those soon. :)
Even as it dies back, the rhubarb is so beautiful in its color...
...and I'm daydreaming of next year's garden already. Anyone interested in artichokes?????
You know, I think this really is the worlds oldest profession:
Then the LORD God took the man
and put him into the garden of Eden
to cultivate it and keep it.
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Garden Progress in May
Spring has Sprung
Pruning Grapes- The Lord's Pruning for a Purpose